Welcome back, blogmates and neighbors to our Summer Solstice program for 2014! It is so good to be here, and, see all of your beaming faces eager for knowledge! I hope I'm not too late for Bermuda shorts, Coca Cola, and watermelon! And, oh yes, are you ready for the 4th of July picnics and celebrations? My brother was born on July 4th, and, that made for the most fun celebrations ever! Hot dogs, cake and ice cream, and fireworks, were the catch of the day!
I wanted to come by and spend a little time sharing some information I recently acquired. On the Yahoo Shine site, from HGTV Family of Sites, comes a list of 7 Landscaping Don'ts. So, in getting right to it, here's what we can do to avoid the time, money and maintenance generated by landscaping booboos!
'Must-Not-Dos of Home Landscaping!'
1. Landscape Overkill-don't let landscaping overwhelm your house. You don't want to spend your time pruning trees and shrubs that 'over-grow' to a size, forcing you to fight your way out the front door!
2. Don't start landscaping without a plan...you can draw your own plans out, but do your homework, and plant varieties that are indigenous to your neck of the woods. It's okay to try new and exotic plantings, I've sure been guilty of that, and, sometimes you will be pleasantly surprised. Just be sure you can access the planted area easily with water and yard maintenance equipment, allowing you to keep your garden healthy and beautiful. Isn't it great, however, that you can go online to find garden plans from various gardening sites, and garden magazines! There is some great advice out there!
3. Don't plant too much of the same thing. Try to provide a bit of variety of planting, so as to keep blooms coming throughout the seasons. The photo below illustrates just that! Beautiful shrub roses, aren't they? But, tell me what happens once the blooms are gone...what is left in this area to look at? Additionally, the space must be trimmed and cleaned after blooming season is over. Not for me!
4. Don't let a big lawn suck your resources. A large area of lush grass is nice, but, it can be a glutton for your time, requiring large amounts of water and nutrients. Try to reduce the size of a large lawn with some landscape beds that are attractive and low maintenance. May I suggest some perennial beds that re-appear over the years, and possibly some low-maintenance shrubs?
5. Don't let ivy climb your house unless you are ready to do annual pruning. I agree-ivy vines are lovely, but once they are established, they can cover your windows, clog your gutters, and encourage pests like termites! OH GAG! Who'd of thought? Thanks, but I'll keep my ivy in a controlled pot!
6. Don't plant trees too close to your house, meaning species that may overtake the yard or your home's proportions. An invite for headaches and nightmares, I promise!
7. Don't install one-dimensional planting beds. Try to plant in layers, featuring low-growing plants such as begonias or impatiens in front of the taller plants to conceal the legginess. You can co-ordinate your colors to offer appeal, such as red or blue salvia with silvery Lamb's ear or white impatiens bordering the front.
The raised bed below would have been served better with fewer of the tall flowers, say in a rounded formation in the center. Then, you could probably get away with planting one color of coleus around them, or a colored plant of the same substance as coleus. Since this is a raised bed, a very low bordering plant such as begonias, would not show up over the edge of the box. You could border this with liriope, also known as monkey grass.
And, there we have it, gracious gardeners! Not a tall order after all, you think?
A few things to remember:
When planning for a bed containing various plants or flowers, find the types that compliment each other in size, color...and, do they get along and grow well together?
Sun vs. shade-Zinnias, Periwinkles, Moss Rose, and Marigolds just LOVE the sun, and lots of it!
Hosta, ferns, impatiens, violas, and purple jew can do 4 or 5 hours of sun, and then they need some filtered light shade.
Okay, okay...I'll stop! But, do your homework, ask questions, and look it up!
*** Thank you, and, thank you so much for coming by. I enjoy your visits, and I hope you do too. Did this presentation help answer any questions you may have? I appreciate you and your comments! And, as usual, I did put in at least 2 cents, and added my own suggestions to the article, in hopes of clarifying any confusing terminology.
Our little 'Scooter' * June 8, 2014 * Fort Worth, TX
~photo by Suzanne
"Aaah, summer...that long anticipated stretch of lazy, lingering days,
free of responsibility, and rife with possibility.
It's a time to hunt for insects, master handstands, practice swimming strokes,
conquer trees, explore nooks and crannies, and make new friends."
*note: all photos except the last one of our Scooter were acquired from Yahoo images.
Be safe...give love...AND laugh a lot!
See you next time! ♥