Today we are going to explore the various methods to make your new garden feel much older!
Back when I first started gardening, I remember learning with a little sense of frustration the old adage about perennials - the first year they sleep, the second year they creep, and the third year they leap. I remember thinking, "Three years?! Really?" I’m not especially patient, so this three year revelation was a definite downer to the grand plans I had for my first garden in front of my porch.
Fast forward to today, my garden is almost 20 years old and I’m over 20 years wiser. The years of work in this garden have paid off. So much so, that despite being late returning to the garden this spring after my rotator cuff surgery, the garden in large part carried on just fine. The bones of the garden and the good plant selections continue to reward this recuperating gardener (and mother of four teenagers!). I am grateful.
All this got me thinking about what I would have told my younger self all those years ago. Could I have gotten to this place sooner? Are there strategic choices I could have made to create this sense of age and stunning lushness? I think the answer is a resounding yes, and that’s what I’ll be talking about on this week’s show!
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How can we make our new garden older?
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Tour established gardens with an eye for evolution & anchors
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Plant selections you can make right now to cultivate that ‘established’ look.
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A list of some of my favorite dwarf conifers and shrubs.
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Tall plants that’ll get you that aged look faster
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Plants with big leaves that anchor the garden
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Anchors to make your garden appear older
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Aging pots, metal, wood, & statuary
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