Monday, February 9, 2009
A Gardening Technique
I have an extreme amount of backlogged posts I thought I should get out before the next gardening season truly gets started. As such, this week will be dedicated to some garden design techniques I use in my garden. The summer photos showcase it so much better than winter photos, hope you don't mind. Next week I'll post some plant posts left over from last fall and summer. I may even try to fit in some pictures of the severe damage Kentucky and southern Indiana suffered in the Ice Storm too. So stay tuned.
As much as gardeners love to garden, all gardeners have a favorite part of gardening. It might be veggies, flowers, trees, vines, shrubs, spring gardens, fall gardens, rock gardens, or whatever type or aspect of gardening a gardener fancies, we all have one favorite and really special part of gardening that is our 'thing'. My 'thing' is shrubs and small trees. I do love large trees, but large trees are kind of a thing you either have or you don't. Not many gardeners can plant a tree, or a bunch of trees, and truly reap the benefits of that tree down the road. My large trees were already planted and are very mature and very big, so for me all I can do is add an understory of small trees and shrubs to my landscape. Shrubs and small trees are my thing!
Shrubs and small trees are something we can plan, research, plant, prune, enjoy, and garden around. They are the true backbone of a garden, while I consider the large trees to be the framework. I always place shrubs and small trees before I do anything in a new garden. This is mainly because they take so much longer to grow to maturity than the perennials, but also because I use trees as a focal point in my gardens too. All of my gardens have a tree or shrub in them. Even the vegetable garden gets a tree-the banana tree!
Now that I have given you a bit of a background of my desires, I have noticed a little technique that has emerged with my gardening with shrubs and small trees. All of my shrubs or trees seem to grow out of flowers or foliage of some type. This is actually a good technique because the flowers/foliage serve as a living mulch for the tree and the tree is usually enhanced by the flowers/foliage. This may sound like a no brainer when it comes to gardening, but I can show you many a tree that stands all alone in the middle of a lawn. If the tree is lucky it will have some mulch around it (not on the trunk mind you) and maybe even an edger to protect it from errant lawnmowers, but many times it does not. Not at my house though, all my trees are in gardens as my thing is to plant shrubs and trees in flowers-or do I plant the flowers in shrubs? Not sure, what do you think?
in the garden....
I think this will qualify as a design tip in accordance with Blossom Blooms request for garden tips so I am adding a link in here to her blog. Plant a garden filled with foliage and flowers around your trees. That is my tip.