Idea's & How To's
Planning is an essential part of having a perennial garden. Gardens that are not planned usually have no direction and often are a jumble of colour. When planning a garden, many factors determine the shape of your garden; from which angle you will view your garden; whether the garden will be informal or formal, and the type of planting (bed or border) you want. Read on for more planning tips!
The most common problem with shade in the garden is finding plants that thrive in the shade! In a new home, in a new subdivision, where can you grow lush leafy ferns, Astilbes and Hosta? There are so many plants that actually LIKE SHADE! If you can create a garden in the shaded north side of your home, then you can enjoy a broad range of plants that thrive in shade. Follow these tips and you'll be enjoying beautiful gardens this summer and for many more to come!
A properly constructed rock garden, with rocks and soil elevated in tiers provides good drainage for many small plants that might otherwise succumb to winter and spring wetness. Rocks are best situated where the plants will receive maximum sunshine and not be shaded by trees. Read on for helpful planning tips...
Ground covers are both decorative and problem solvers. Many thrive in shade or where lawns will not grow; others are ideal for preventing soil erosion and weed control. Perennials for ground covers are not usually the herbaceous types that die down in winter but rather evergreen types, woody sub-shrubs and those with winter persistent foliage. Read on for helpful tips!