Landscaping Information: A Garden for all Seasons
- Start with a realistically sized area. Small or large, just be aware of your space.
- Is your area sunny or shady? What part of the day does it get the most of either condition?
- What is the soil type? How well does the soil drain? Is it moist? Dry?
- Consider all of these carefully for each plant you choose, as well as the following:
- bloom type
- flower color
- foliage color
- Plant Size
- Short plants are best for borders.
- Tall spiky plants add accent to foreground amid short plants.
- Contrasting heights throughout the design make your area more interesting.
- Color & Texture
- Mix & match! Take note of foliage color as well as bloom color!
- Foliage texture is essential for diversity. Contrast fine & feathery with bold & glossy.
- Foliage will also maintain interest when blooms are sparse.
- Space Relations
- Mass plant! This makes a bold statement.
- Single plantings are best suited for a focal point. (Climbing vines on arbors/trellises, ornamental trees, blooming shrubs.)
- Incorporate herbs, annuals, shrubs, statuary, rocks, bird baths, arbors, and trellises
- Fear not! Perennial gardening is a trial & error hobby where error is OK!
- So try & err! If you don’t like it, change it. This will ensure trial & SUCCESS!
- Share & share alike. Perennials can be divided every few years. Give them as gifts from the heart to fellow gardeners.
- Treat yourself & your soul. Try a new perennial each year. Watching it grow will undoubtedly refresh your quality of life.
- Remember: Patience is a virtue!