Monday, August 9, 2010
The simple pleasures
As I have stated in the past, my gardens are my passion. I love them to be so full of plants, that it does not require the painful process of weeding. The only good thing about weeding is it does give instant gratification, which does not come readily in a perenial garden.
I have found that it takes at least 3-5 years for a garden to come to fruition. But I do have some tips for those of you who may be beginners.
Plant on mass. By that I mean large swaths of a single species. It will give you a large impact from a distance, and generally fill in faster.
Pay attention of the heights, color combinations, and bloom time as you are planning.
All of the above details will entend the bloom time from early spring until late fall.
Include shrubs and small trees in your garden beds. It provides winter interest and form, and also gives the birds shelter.
Pay attention to the sight lines. Every window in your home should have a lovely view.
And, you have all heard how important curb appeal is. Will this garden be seen from a single angle, or from several. Those are important considerations when considering heights of the plants. Always take into consideration the mature size of the plants. In the beginning, you can fill in the blanks with annuals for color and a fuller look.
Don't forget to plant what is hearty to your area, sun exposure, and will draw the bees, butterflies and birds.
Happy gardening, and if you need help, please contact me for a plan made especially for your wants and requirements.