|August Dreams Garden border, newly planted|
After reviewing and approving the list of plants for the high summer garden, which I’ve dubbed “August Dreams Gardens”, I casually mentioned that maybe I would dig up the ditch lilies on the side of the house and move them to that garden.
In a near instantaneous fashion with no hand signals, eye contact, or other means of communicating between them, they both said “No” almost immediately.
I guess I will leave those ditch lilies where they are or look for another place to put them.
Some people are going to hear that story and suggest I’ve lost my mind. Why would I let anyone tell me what to do in my own garden? After all it’s my garden, I can plant what I want where I want.
But I’m not going to plant those ditch lilies there, even though I can.
Because I want to stick with the design as is, at least for a while.
Plus there are other garden borders were I can plop plants in where I want to.
That’s right. Plop them. As in plop them in wherever there seems to be a bare spot, where it looks like they won’t be taller than the plants behind them, or much taller, and won’t crowd out the plants around them. Just plop them right there.
That’s what I did before. Yes, you end up with a garden that way. And it might even be, and probably is, quite pretty to look at.
But is it the best that it can be?
With a garden design, plants are planted to complement one another, with thought given to when they will bloom, how tall and wide they will get, and how they will generally fit together.
Will I never plant another thing in my “August Dreams Garden” border?
Not likely over the long haul, but I will probably think twice before I do and try to remember what kind of garden it is trying to be when I eventually can’t resist adding something.
Let me answer one other question about the garden design and hiring a garden designer that has been nagging/bugging/perplexing people who know me.
“Carol, you have a degree in horticulture. Why did you hire a garden designer?”
Yes, I have a degree in horticulture, which I earned 30 years ago this spring. (Wow, was it really 30 years ago? Seriously? 30 years? Can that be true? I am now in shock that it has really been that long ago.)
On my diploma it says “Horticulture Production” which means I focused in on courses about growing plants like vegetables, flowers, trees and shrubs, mostly in efficient rows.
I am very good at planting in rows.
I am not so good about design, using for years the plopping method.
No more plopping, no more rows, at least not in the August Dreams Gardens border.
At least not for now.