Perennial Garden Design

1 Of 16 Ultimate Kitchen GardenFeast your eyes upon the potager of our dreams, designed by Jon Carloftis and overflowing with amazing edible plants handpicked by the nation’s best chefs.Get this garden plan » Illustration by Michael A. Hill 2 Of 16 A Glorious Kitchen-Garden PlanGarden designer Chris Fischer divided Linda Lipsett’s 30-by-90-foot plot into three distinct zones—a large central area bookended by two smaller sections—and outfitted each with raised beds that allow better control over the soil quality.Get this garden plan » Illustration by Michael A. HillAdvertisement – Continue Reading Below 3 Of 16 Foliage-Filled GardenSean Conway’s got nothing against flowers, but it’s the garden designer’s way with foliage that makes his Rhode Island spread sing.Get this garden plan » Illustration by Allison Langton 4 Of 16 Porch Border GardenForget about traditional foundation plantings. Why not dress up the front of your house with a carefree mixture of trees, shrubs, and perennials?Get this garden plan » Illustration by Michelle BuchardAdvertisement – Continue Reading Below 5 Of 16 Woodland Path GardenWhat could be more enjoyable than having a woodland-style path in your garden, so you can experience the unfurling of a new growing year up close?Get this garden plan » Illustration by Michelle Buchard 6 Of 16 Crevice GardenHow about perking up that drab Zone 5 to 8 patio or terrace with a sundial and some compact flowering plants? All you have to do is remove a few of the pavers and plant a few sprawling perennials.Get this garden plan » Illustration by Michelle BuchardAdvertisement – Continue Reading Below 7 Of 16 Water GardenThis small water feature is suitable for a Zone 6 to 9 residential garden in the city or suburbs, where it could be placed on a deck, terrace, or patio.Get this garden plan » Illustration by Michelle Buchard 8 Of 16 Rose GardenOur ongoing romance with roses grows deeper with every generation, and most “mind’s eye” gardens would surely include at least a few rose specimens. But roses are twice as appealing when partnered with complementary perennials.Get this garden plan » Illustration by Michelle BuchardAdvertisement – Continue Reading Below 9 Of 16 Raised Planter GardenLimited space or poor soil? Resourceful homeowners solve this common problem with a raised planter filled with a good, well-drained soil mix formulated for containers.Get this garden plan » 10 Of 16 Cottage GardenThis Zone 5 to 8 garden integrates charming old-time annuals and perennials, herbs, and flowering shrubs to produce a simple, informal display that provides plenty of flowers for cutting.Get this garden plan » Illustration by Michelle Buchardperennial garden design 1The history of perennial gardens dates back to 1890. George Nicholson, curator for the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, England, suggested a perennial-only garden, steering the gardeners of the time away from the regimented garden styles that relied primarily on bedding plants. Since then the history of perennial use has introduced the border garden, the island garden and the mixed garden.perennial garden design 2One time saver for anyone looking for a perennial garden layout is to buy a perennial garden kit. Kits are available from major nursery catalogs, such as Spring Hill, for sunny locations, shady locations, butterfly gardens and more. Each kit contains a planting graph that shows you where to plant each specimen in the garden bed as well as all the plants you will need for your garden. They’re great for beginning gardeners who are unsure of what to plant or for filling in tricky areas like shady spots in the garden. They are also economical; garden packages and kits typically offer plants at a lower cost than buying them separately.perennial garden design 3Planning a perennial garden layout must take several factors into consideration. First and foremost are the types of plants that will thrive in the light, soil, and gardening zone where the garden is to be located. Second is choosing plants that offer a nonstop show of color from spring through fall. Choosing perennial plant kits from reputable nurseries takes the guesswork out of perennial garden layouts, or you can find plans online or in books and adapt them to your needs.perennial garden design 4Of course, you can find perennial garden plans online and in books. Many offer pictures to show you what the finished garden might look like. Keep in mind the original climate where the garden was planted. You might need to adapt the plan to suit your gardening zone. A perennial rock garden created for an Arizona home may look beautiful, but it might not thrive in your colder New England climate. Consider the plan and adapt it by choosing plants more suited to your gardening zone and soil.perennial garden design 5Our free Planting Guide for this garden includes an illustrated version of the plan, a detailed layout diagram, a list of plants for the garden as shown, and complete instructions for installing the garden. (Free, one-time registration allows unlimited access to Planting Guides for all garden plans.) This mix of perennial flowers will give your garden a beautiful burst of late-summer color. Garden Size: 12 x 12 feetperennial garden design 6There are many perennials available to plant in your garden. Perennials bloom throughout the season but at different times. There are spring bloomers, summer bloomers and fall bloomers. The ultimate goal of a perennial garden is a personally pleasing flow of plant material from season to season. This flow can consist of flower color, foliage color, plant texture, plant shape, plant size or any other desirable ornamental feature. Note ‘desirable’ – personal taste comes into effect and what is desirable to one gardener may be an eyesore to another! To some the bleached winter foliage of Miscanthus is desirable, while others cut it down in late fall. Our goal is to help you achieve this pleasing succession of plant characteristics. By following the guidelines, your perennial garden will delight you with seasonal beauty year after year.perennial garden design 7Many gardeners want a recipe to follow when it comes to designing a perennial garden, and for that matter, for general gardening. They yearn for a step-by-step process that explains what to do and when to do it, insuring success. As with many cooking recipes, variations exist. Everyone has a favorite chocolate cake recipe that may differ from others in regards to specific ingredients or sequence. But the result is the same – a delicious chocolate cake! Thus it is with gardening. This can be a frustrating process for those looking for exact directions. Ask one gardener how they prepare their garden bed and then compare this to another gardener’s bed-preparation procedure. The steps may be different, but the results are the same – a beautiful garden. Every garden location is different and therefore, every garden is different! There are very few rules or definites when it comes to working with perennials. Remember this as you progress through this series.perennial garden design 8When selecting perennial plants for your garden, it is important to think about how they fit into the overall design. There are many perennials to choose from in a wide variety of colors, shapes, sizes and textures. Take a cue from the gardens below for good ideas on how to design a perennial border, use them to add interest to a meadow and more.perennial garden design 9Today, space limits garden ideas for the average homeowner. It is difficult to devote an entire area to only one type of plant material such as perennials. Mixed borders are popular. Annuals or bedding plants offer color all season and woody ornamental plants (shrubs and trees) offer structure and framework. This series will focus on perennials only. However, there will be many instances where incorporating annuals for continuous color, or a landscape shrub for winter effect, will enhance your garden. Follow the basic steps presented. Once you have determined your gardening goals, assessed your site, determined garden areas, determined your gardening style, selected perennial plants and drawn up your garden, adding these other plants will be easy.perennial garden design 10Quick Order Enter your plant code or coupon number below: Pre-Planned Gardens ALL NEW GARDENS! Just starting out with a new bed? Overwhelmed with the choices? Let us do the choosing for you. Our gardens are designed to bloom throughout the entire season with a variety of pleasing colors. All of these perennials are easy to grow, low maintenance varieties that are sure to please. Giving a garden as a gift? Your gardener will receive a planting guide and complete layout at gift time, with plants to follow at the proper planting time in the spring or fall. Fine for zones 5-8 (okay for zone 4 with snow cover). They are not recommended for the deepest south. Butterfly Garden Cutting Garden Plant of the Year Garden Shade Garden Son of Starter Gardenperennial garden design 11Pre-Planned Gardens ALL NEW GARDENS! Just starting out with a new bed? Overwhelmed with the choices? Let us do the choosing for you. Our gardens are designed to bloom throughout the entire season with a variety of pleasing colors. All of these perennials are easy to grow, low maintenance varieties that are sure to please. Giving a garden as a gift? Your gardener will receive a planting guide and complete layout at gift time, with plants to follow at the proper planting time in the spring or fall. Fine for zones 5-8 (okay for zone 4 with snow cover). They are not recommended for the deepest south. Butterfly Garden Cutting Garden Plant of the Year Garden Shade Garden Son of Starter Garden

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