If we lived in a perfect world, how boring it would be!
Every year I try to design nice gardens for my home ... every year along
about midsummer (like right now) I wonder:
* what can I put in that empty space that was supposed to be full of "easy
to grow" flowers?
* what can I do with all the extra plants I got from those "hard to grow"
* and why do I seem to end up with even MORE of the same weeds I had last
The following was found in rec.gardens newsgroup; when I hit 'reply to
group' I ended up posting to "triangle.gardens"!!! (can't change the name
of the group to "send to" in AOL.)
>How does one ever make a perennial Garden
have a pattern or shape.
>Initially one buys/orders plants, develops some sort of design, and then
>put the plants into the ground according to this design. Sounds good,
>Only 20-50% of each variety does not grow or does not survive
>(drought/cold), leaving only a few of each variety, scattered across the
>gardern. There goes the plan. Now it's a little bit of this here, a
>little bit of that there, no shape or pattern. When each little bit
>recedes after its blooming season, one no longer has any idea what was
>there unless one compulsively marks its location.
>My wife has actually been the one trying to do this. I'm sure there's a
>better way, but we don't know what it is. We do try to order varieties
>that have done well in the past, and avoid things that don't grow at all.
>We are in North Carolina and have a wooded lot with mixed sunlight/shade.
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