Saturday, April 28, 2007
I have a big front and very small back yard. I have collected some flowers and odds and ends to have a flower garden. I am not the best at planning stuff like this but I still want the flower garden. Part of garden is in shade and part in full sun. This is a single man's yard (he is married now LOL). Will be glad to post photos if anyone can help.
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I love flower gardens!
Sunday, April 29, 2007 | By Persnickety Paula
Hi Ladygirl, the best idea that I can give you is to start out small and add a little every year. It took me 10 years to complete my flower garden, but it turned out beautiful. The best thing about taking your time is, that when others are taking out plants that they want to get rid of, you can get them for free!
My favorites for shade are hostas, ferns, columbine, daylilies and bugleweed. For sunny areas, I like black eyed susans, shasta daisies, phlox, liatris, butterfly weed, lupines, and purplecone flower. I had tons of birds and butterflies in my garden because of those types of flowers! When you plant your flowers, plant them in large groups of one type of flower, they make a stronger impact that way. Of course, if you like a natural meadow type of look, then plant lots of flowers together all mixed in!
I also like to edge walkways with lavender and candytuft which is an evergreen and is low growing and has pretty white flowers in the spring.
To get ideas about layouts of flower beds, I would order a catalog from Michigan Bulb Company, or a company called Springhill. They offer plans with their flowers, but you could just use the plans and get flowers on your own.
I also like to buy flowers from the greenhouse at the end of the season. They are dramatically marked down and I always had good luck planting in the fall.
Please post pictures of your gardens when you are done! I love to look at other flower gardens and get new ideas.
Monday, May 21, 2007 | By jazzbird719
Hi there from Northeastern NC! I am 49 and feel your pain. We are redoing a yard with no money LOL and have shade and sunny spots. I read in a gardening book that before you plan a forever garden that you should watch the property for a year through all the seasons to see the sun patterns on the land and how elements like heavy rain and blowing winds affect the lay of the land. Pooling of water and low spots meant we planted plants that were water tolerant rather than landscaping out the low spots through drainage, or made spots easily accessible to irrigation or hose watering. I bought all my plants at clearance prices - Lowes hardware will clearance a plant if it has some damage, at least half off. We did this for several seasons. Most just need some TLC and a little time to perk up. Sometimes we find them at least 80% off. On bulbs and perennials I plant them knowing that NEXT year they will be beautiful. I only buy perennials that will reproduce by themselves and can be divided and the new babies planted to start another area. We also get the seasonal plants like the ones Walmart has for Easter etc when they are dying down - wait for the green to leave them, then plant them as bulbs for next year. I have an area of the yard that I use as a "nursery" using recycled pots and dirt that grows the babies until they are ready to be planted for good. They are easier to water and feed this way. You can get free trees from the Arbor Day foundation and free seeds online from numerous places for the cost of a SASE. I use paper egg cartons to start the seedlings and transplant. When the flowers mature I harvest the seeds for next year and dry and save them to go in another area. I let some of them fall to the ground to reseed themselves. Also some shrubs can be rooted in water and transplanted to make new shrubs. Hostas, forsythia, irises, lillies, daffodils, daylillies, divide easily. Hummingbird vine and wild violets and wild strawberries as well as morning glory and honeysuckle are wildflowers here and make beautiful landscaping plants. And they are free!! Remember to stick a bird feeder and a birdbath in your garden. Good Luck!!
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