My biggest frustration with the gardeners I know is that they limit themselves when it comes to design.
It's almost as if they're too afraid to think outside the box - literally (!) - their gardens are always rectangular or squares!
It takes a bit of creative thought (and sometimes a bigger wallet - though it's not always necessary!) but you can have a stunning, unique garden that your friends are jealous of! The first “eyesores" I notice with lots of gardens is plain property borders and hideous looking walls or barbecue pits. The trick is to design your garden around your landscape and always consider how your family will use it!
Why should you limit your garden to a small corner of your property when you can really design it around the entire backyard? Why not create a relaxing, colorful paradise that uses all your space? You might think that's a bit extreme - and it may actually be in your case - but I'm willing to bet you can still afford to make your garden bigger and more enjoyable. I know one couple who created an *amazing* looking shade garden for relaxation purposes. Another who created a butterfly garden that's absolutely gorgeous!
Did You Know There's An *Ideal* Fruit Tree For Most Areas?
Lots of folks think fruit isn't worth growing unless you're in the “special" clients. . . I'm hear to tell you that those people are DEAD WRONG! Talk to your local nursery about finding a nice apple, cherry, plum, pear or peach tree and plant one (or more!) as part of your garden.
You can get trees that grow to be different sizes - that way you're not planting something that will grow to be monstrous if you have a small yard. Tree sizes are actually pretty standard across the board: semi-dwarf is for medium yards, 6 - 9 foot dwarfs are for small yards, and standard for large yards!
Trust me on this: Fruit trees bring incredible beauty to your property and of course the sweet tasting fruit doesn't hurt! If you've got a sunny wall or trellises, grapes are a great choice. There are even some grape varieties that thrive in very cold climates. . . so there's really no excuse! :)
What To Plant In The Shady Areas
Most people's yards have trees or objects that case shade and that area tends to be avoided by the gardener.
Lots of people tell me it's too much work or they can't think of what to do with it! Well, here's an idea if you're into vegetable gardens: why not plant asparagus roots?
Asparagus growing tip: Make sure you get the 2-year roots from the nursery. . . otherwise you'll have to wait 2 years just to enjoy them! Of course you'll also need to spread a nice coating of compost each spring, but that's just once a year and it is so worth it! Garden Ideas For Your Patio
Container gardening is perfect for patios. . . vegetables like tomatoes and cucumbers grow great in containers. Lettuce and spinach also do well in cooler areas of your yard.
Whatever you do with your garden, make sure you take some time to think about what you really want before you act. . . 90% of gardeners fail to do this and your garden will show it!
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