Friday, October 10, 2008

No-Fuss Plantings to Create Beauty Year-Round

As we head into fall, it is the perfect time to plant new trees and shrubs!

When we moved here five years ago, there was very little done in the way of landscaping. It truly was a blank slate. What little we found, was overgrown and misplaced. We had our work cut out for us. But, that's also one reason we bought the house. We happen to love working in the yard and making it our own!

The first step is envisioning what the property can look like. Obviously, since we bought the place, we felt it had great potential. Then, we set about shaping it little by little, starting with planting shade trees and removing overgrown shrubs. It wasn't easy, getting settled in AND working so hard outside--especially with two little boys at the time--but we're so glad we did! The trees we planted those five years ago have begun to offer some wonderful (and welcome) shade!

In our landscaping, it is important to me that we choose perennials that fill in and require little care. I don't want to have to plant tons of annuals every year.

For example, to spruce up my wood shop (i.e. glorified shed, lol!) we planted an Arborvitae at each front corner. Then, we placed a Barberry, and some Goldenrod to form a loose triangle. The effect was beautiful--and it keeps it's interest year round! I especially like the color combination of those three together. Spring bulbs, Black-Eyed Susan, Burgundy and Golden Mums, a couple clumps of Sedum, and a variety of Irises keep it extra colorful through the growing season.

Here are the most common no-fuss perennials we like to use:
  • Ornamental Grasses (big and small)
  • Mums
  • Irises
  • Sedum,
  • Pink and Yellow Yarrow
  • Black Eyed Susan
  • Pink Coneflower
  • All kinds of Hosta
  • Oh, and Spring Bulbs! LOTS of them! Planted in copious clumps!
Lots of people push off landscaping a new home until they feel settled in on the inside. But trees and plants need time to mature. So if at all possible, jump right in and at least plant any trees you have in mind. You'll be so glad you did, and before you know it, you'll have a wonderful yard in which you and your family will enjoy spending lots of time!

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