I must admit, that I have been looking forward to this topic and have been pouring over past photos of my landscape consults. I didn’t realize how many photos that I had accrued over the years of boring gardens so it has taken me a while to put this post together.
My last post asked the question, “Does Your Garden Have the Blahs?” Is it boring, overgrown, sparse, or just lacks interest? Well, don’t worry; we will go over some simple steps that you can do to chase the ‘blahs’ away.
Part 1 has to do with deciding what to take out of the garden and what to keep. Your homework assignment was to take a picture of your garden and then print it out. Now, get out your red pen and get ready…..
This front garden has a grove of beautiful trees. However, there are four trees crowded into too small a space. Each individual tree had to be pruned to keep them from running into each other and therefore, you could not enjoy their full size and beauty.
By removing the circled trees the two remaining trees would be better appreciated since they could then reach their full potential.
Unfortunately, many gardeners make the mistake of not replacing their plants and as a result, their garden becomes more and more bare with each passing year, like the one below…..
There is nothing that needs to be removed in this garden. But a good pruning would improve the appearance. All three shrubs should be pruned severely every 2 – 3 years in spring and then allowed to grow into their natural shape. The Cat’s Claw Vine, (I don’t recommend planting this vine), should also be pruned down to the ground every few years to remove old, woody growth and keep it in check.
Again, I would not remove anything from this garden, but it does need improvement. It looks like a bunch of round blobs dotted haphazardly around the landscape. At first you may fault a bad design, but if you take a second look, it is more a problem of incorrect pruning. Each type of shrub in this landscape grows to varying heights and shapes, when not pruned into round ball shapes. By decreasing the amount of pruning and banishing the hedge trimmers, the shrubs would grow into their natural shapes would greatly improve the appearance of this landscape. A little texture would be welcome in the shape of large boulders, accent plants and some mounding perhaps.
**You can read more about recommended pruning for shrubs in an earlier post, “Shrubs Aren’t Made To Be Cupcakes, Frisbees or Pill Boxes.
As you can see, we covered a lot of different boring gardens. I hope the examples that I have shown help you as you evaluate your own garden and use your red pen.
I will start working on Part 2, which will cover more of the design aspect – specifically, where to place plants in the landscape.
On personal note, life is crazy and busy, but there are two things that I would like to share with you.
First, my nephew (Little Farmer of Double S Farms), swallowed a penny earlier this week and then complained of pain. It turns out it got lodged in his esophagus and he had to go the children’s hospital where they put him to sleep so they could use a scope to get it out.
He did great 🙂
The second thing that I would like to share is that in exactly 1 week, my brother and sister-in-law will give birth to their twin boys. I can hardly wait!