Landscaping Information: A Garden for all Seasons


  1. Start with a realistically sized area. Small or large, just be aware of your space.
  2. Is your area sunny or shady? What part of the day does it get the most of either condition?
  3. What is the soil type? How well does the soil drain? Is it moist? Dry?
  4. Consider all of these carefully for each plant you choose, as well as the following:
  1. size
  2. bloom type
  3. flower color
  4. foliage color


  1. Plant Size
  1. Short plants are best for borders.
  2. Tall spiky plants add accent to foreground amid short plants.
  3. Contrasting heights throughout the design make your area more interesting.
  1. Color & Texture
  1. Mix & match! Take note of foliage color as well as bloom color!
  2. Foliage texture is essential for diversity. Contrast fine & feathery with bold & glossy.
  3. Foliage will also maintain interest when blooms are sparse.
  1. Space Relations
  1. Mass plant! This makes a bold statement.
  2. Single plantings are best suited for a focal point. (Climbing vines on arbors/trellises, ornamental trees, blooming shrubs.)
  3. Incorporate herbs, annuals, shrubs, statuary, rocks, bird baths, arbors, and trellises


  1. Fear not! Perennial gardening is a trial & error hobby where error is OK!
  2. So try & err! If you don’t like it, change it. This will ensure trial & SUCCESS!
  3. Share & share alike. Perennials can be divided every few years. Give them as gifts from the heart to fellow gardeners.
  4. Treat yourself & your soul. Try a new perennial each year. Watching it grow will undoubtedly refresh your quality of life.
  5. Remember: Patience is a virtue!