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Spring is a busy time in the garden! If you want to be able to sit back and simply enjoy the results of your hard work, implementing low-maintenance design options and growing plants that are easy to care for are key. However, if you’re someone who enjoys your garden “chores,” there’s nothing wrong with mixing in a few divas! Along with plants galore, this newsletter also has a link for you to register for the next webinar in the Journey Through Your Garden series.

Low-Maintenance Plants

Fill your garden with these 21 low-maintenance shrubs, perennials, annuals, and ground covers and you’ll be able to take a few days off this summer! Writer and landscape designer Karen Chapman notes that the first step of selecting lower-maintenance plants is to follow the “right plant—right place” principle. Learn more about why this is an important part of creating a low-maintenance garden. 

Concord Landscape Design

 

Rock Your Garden

Add depth, dimension, and an earthy appeal to your landscape with a low-maintenance rock garden. Define a slope, replace a lawn, or simply enhance a corner with gravel and river stones. Discover the basic principles to get started, get a list of recommended plants, and see examples for inspiration—like this Asian-style rock garden designed by Helena Wagner, 4 Seasons Gardens. Photo by: Janet Loughrey.

Lafayette Landscape Design

 

How to Grow Summer Bulbs in Containers

Tight on space? No problem! Container gardening is a perfect way to add vibrancy and life to your porch, patio, or outdoor space. Show off your style and enjoy blooms all season long by mixing different varieties of summer-flowering bulbs in containers. Visit FlowerBulbs.com for inspiration and to learn more about flower bulbs.

Landscape Architect

 

Great Dixter

One of the most talked about English gardens, Great Dixter combines high- and low-maintenance plants in wonderful combinations. Take a walk through this famous garden and learn how it has evolved and changed (and how it hasn’t) through the years. Photo by Claire Takacs.  

“If you love gardening, don’t be afraid to garden.” — Christopher Lloyd, original owner of Great Dixter

Landscape Design

 

6 No-Prune Shrubs

Are you intimidated by the maintenance that comes along with some flowering shrubs–like when to prune, how to prune, or what to prune? You’re not alone. Avoid all that worry with these 6 no-prune shrubs. Pictured: Double Play® Gold spirea. Photo by: Proven Winners.

Landscape Designer

 

Irrigation 101

Not sure what the best type of irrigation is for your garden? The answer may be a combination of watering methods. Learn how to determine your watering needs and find solutions to help you get the job done.

Pleasant Hill Landscape Design

 

A Journey Through Your June Garden

Thursday, May 20 @ 6PM EST

Join us for another free monthly discussion with David Culp. We’ll take a look at what’s happening in his Brandywine Cottage garden in June and get tips from David on roses, alliums, and perennial borders. You’re sure to come away with plenty of ideas for your own garden. Register now!

Unable to join us live? All those who are registered will receive a follow-up email with show notes and access to view a recorded version.

 
Do you keep track of your garden maintenance with a gardening journal? If so, does it say to fertilize in spring? (Hint: if it doesn’t, it should.) Get your plants off to a great start by applying a granular fertilizer (we recommend this one). Water plants well before and after applying, then sit back and enjoy the show!

Happy Gardening!
   – Linda

Linda