Friday, June 6, 2008
Why Make New Gardens?
Another new garden. Like I really need more gardens. NOT! I find gardens around hardscaping and plants make maintenance easier. A rounded edge works a whole lot better than trying to mow right up to the house for instance. So why not?
This garden is close to where our patio will one day be located. It is in a prominent position and needed to be special since it is so close to our future patio. Laying out an old hose helped me to find the right shape, I flipped all of the sod (the lazy gardener method), placed the edging rocks (ones I got from Kentucky), mulched with newspapers and brown shredded mulch, planted and wah lah! New garden. Less mowing and edging. I planted a 'Little Princess' dogwood, Rhus aromatica 'Lo-Gro Sumac', variegated hostas (divided and moved from another garden), and 'Stella de Oro' daylillies (divided and moved from another garden).
I tend to make new gardens to reduce maintenance by encircling things like trees or hardscaping. The gardens are not only beautiful to look at, but functional in that they reduce maintenance (truly!) and tie the landscape together. Why do you make new gardens?
in the garden....