Tips and Tidbits
|Posted on January 22, 2017 at 9:45 AM|
"The garden is a love song, a duet between a human being and Mother Nature." - Jeff Cox
If you agree, as we do, with this sentiment expressed by American garden writer Jeff Cox, then why not gift a garden to a loved one who enjoys a garden or gardening Give the unique gift of a garden for Christmas, Mother's Day, a birthday, or to celebrate a new home. Surprise a spouse!! Mark any special occasion with a garden — a gift that keeps on giving and will never be relegated unused to a back closet. Contact us, and we'll gladly help you select the garden that best suits the property. Below we’ve put together a sample of the garden “gift packages” we will offer. They will come with an assortment of the plants described below based on the amount of sunlight the area receives. Packages will include the labor to install.
Look for photos, pricing, size and other details about YHG's “gift gardens” in our next newsletter. If you are very curious and can’t wait, please call Shelley at 504-264-6033, to discuss!
A "Made in the Shade" Garden
Any spot that is either fully shaded or gets no more than two to four hours of direct morning sun (called "lightly" or "partially" shaded) can be filled with with aromatic gingers, the blooming fatsia japonica shrub, an oak leaf hydrangea, lady palms, bleeding heart vine, hostas, caladiums, walking Iris, variegated vinca or many variety of ferns. In addition, the partially shaded gardens can also hold eye-popping foliage plants and bloomers such as coleus, pentas, torenia, impatiens, salvia, and even some carefree, evergreen day lily varieties like our grandmothers grew. These are also wonderful locations for a birdbath or a favorite lawn and side table for relaxing and watching the birds and butterflies who visit the garden.
A "Make Some New Shade" Garden
When shade is needed where none exits, why not give the gift of a new tree? We can help you choose a tree that complements any surrounding landscape and get it planted this winter, which is the ideal time to install trees in south Louisiana. As the tree grows and begins to throw shade, the area underneath can be mulched or a shade garden installed.
A "Sun-Loving" Garden
The spots in a landscape that get at least six to eight hours of sun a day offer the best opportunities for planting most new trees and many popular shrubs, including gardenia, sasanqua, sweet olive, azaleas, nandina and viburnum. (These will also grow well in most lightly shaded spots as well, though perhaps with less flowering). Full sun is always best for hibiscus and crepe myrtles, both of which come in a world of colors and are a mainstay in our subtropical landscapes. Sun-friendly bedding plant could include fuzzy blue ageratum, piercing Blue Daze, celosia, cosmos, impatiens, marigolds, moss rose, ornamental sweet potatoes, salvias and zinnias. In the heat of south Louisiana summers, we try to give these flowers full morning sun but some protection from the blistering afternoon sun. In our cooler months, these same beds can also hold pansies, violas, petunias, dianthus, snapdragons, straw flowers and heavily perfumed stock.
A "Boost-Your-Curb-Appeal" Garden
This is gift you may want to give yourself if you are hoping to sell your home, lease a rental property or even boost the odds of a favorable property appraisal. There are shrubs and bedding plants that can be easily installed for a quick shot of curb appeal in any season. Often, just some mass plantings of seasonal bloomers and a layer of fresh mulch can add enough eye-catching color to turn a head.
NOW HEAR THIS!
If you haven't done so before, it really is time to embrace the fact that our cooler months are the ideal time to plant almost all trees, build or rework tired flower beds or install the shrubs and hedges that help give definition to the landscape. Not only will these additions brighten spirits all winter, plantings that go in during the kinder weather that begins in early October will be miles ahead of those traditionally planted in spring. Planting during cooler weather allows trees, shrubs and hardy bedding plants to put down roots and settle in before the heat and stress of our hard summers - and the potential for high winds, damaging winds during hurricane season. Another advantage? By following this planting schedule, your yard will be alive with color and healthy foliage by the time you are ready to host football parties and entertain guests over the holidays. There is simply no downside to making fall and winter your primary planting season.
Granted, you may not see the over abundance of blooming things in your local nurseries - especially the big box nurseries - during the fall and winter because their buyers are responding to the traditional demands of consumers who think they can only plant in spring and summer. But we will work on your behalf to find the plantings needed to develop or refurbish your gardens during the cool season.
Written by Your Happy Garden’s contributing writer, Sheila Grissett