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Garden Design Blog
Posts and inspiration from the The Garden Design Stories Blog.
Can You Plant Tulips and Perennials Together?
Are you facing a struggle like Barb is in her garden? The desire to create a lush perennial oasis in the same spot where you've planted tulip bulbs can present a challenge, but it's a challenge that can be overcome with careful planning and some gardening know-how. You can plant tulip bulbs between your perennials, and they grow happily together if you consider the following things: - The watering needs - The timing of the growth - The need for division Read the blog post for more tips.
Exploring Naturalistic Garden Design: Is It Right for Your Outdoor Space?
The naturalistic planting style feels carefree and slightly wild. There are colors, movement, bees, and butterflies. It speaks directly to our senses—no wonder the style has become increasingly popular. It's also practical and makes sense in many ways. Informal landscaping and planting make the garden feel organic, as it had always been there. The effect it creates is, well, very natural.
How to Creatively Utilize Different-Sized Old Slabs for Stunning Retaining Walls
Sara got inspired by my earlier blog post about constructing retaining walls from reclaimed slabs. Impressed by the beauty of large-slab retaining walls like those by Wilde Weelde that I photographed in the Floriade Exhibition 2023 in the Netherlands, Sara reached out with her query. She revealed her desire to use her collection of old slabs—measuring 45 x 45, 60 x 60, and the vintage 60 x 45—to create enchanting retaining walls. Check the design ideas in the blog!
What Is a Perennial, Actually?
If you're new to gardening or have been tending to your yard for a while but still wonder, "What is a perennial, actually?" – you've come to the right place. Perennials are like the gift that keeps on giving in the gardening world, and in the blog post, I will unlock the meaning behind the word ’perennial’. You'll also find some perennial powerhouses for your own garden!
Sourcing Materials - Where to Get Enough Used Concrete Slabs?
In the world of landscaping and DIY projects, the possibilities are endless. Building retaining walls using reclaimed concrete slabs not only adds a unique touch to your outdoor space but also contributes to a sustainable future. You can turn your vision into reality with the right sourcing methods for getting enough materials for your project and using the help of a reliable hardscape contractor if needed. Read more in the blog.
Consider if You Need More Room for Your Kitchen Garden.
Late summer it’s the time when the garden is bountiful and starts to be overflowing with produce. I noticed that at least I grew and planted too many zucchini or courgette (yes! the same plant with a different name) seedlings last spring, and you know what we are eating at the moment … zucchinis in all its forms! Therefore, I decided we don’t need more room for our kitchen garden; I shouldn’t plant that many zucchinis next year. Note to self: plant only two zucchini plants next year.
Plant More Late-Flowering Plants
It’s so typical that we get excited to buy new plants in the garden center in spring or early summer when they bloom. Often, that leads to a less blooming garden in mid or late summer. Now is the perfect time to take some notes and prepare to plant more late-flowering plants in your garden. If you don’t mind flowers, but there are gaps in foliage plants, do the same check for empty spaces - and yes, for their colors too!
Colorful Garden Structures
Brightly painted garden structures can transform the whole garden. For example, one of the most notable features of the Longhouse garden is the use of the bright red logs and a wooden bench in the Red Garden. Read more.
Boost for the next gardening season
Are you full of inspiration and new ideas for the soon-to-start gardening season? Wait for a moment! To start something new, it's important to look back. We want to avoid repeating the same old mistakes we made last summer or the year before. We'll succeed and enjoy all of it this year! So look back last growing season and write three simple lists: What worked? What didn't work? What did I miss? Take action now and get ready for a successful gardening season 🌸
Make Your New Garden Ideas Happen
Preparing in advance is a great thing to do. It makes life so much easier and more enjoyable, and it's a breeze to design when you have all the needed background information at your fingertips. A TIP: I encourage you to: - measure your planting area, - collect ideas, - draw sketches to visualize your project, - make a plan, and - enjoy the creative process.
The Most Low Maintenance Plants for Your Garden
The Benefits of Choosing the Right Plants for Your Soil Type: 1. Being Low Maintenance - Easy plants are happy plants, and when their needs and demands are fulfilled, they perform at their best. 2. Thriving Plants Look Always Good - You don't need to worry about wrangling leggy plants. You'll give them what they need and get what you want. 3. Saving Money - Plants that thrive in existing conditions don't need continuous watering or fertilizers and tend to live longer.
A Dry Stone Wall from Inspiration to Landscaping
Dry stack stone walls are made of quarried stone, and they are built without mortar. The rocks are just stacked one on top of the other. That takes skillful craft, and if you do it yourself, lots of time. The higher the wall, the more patience it takes as the stones are irregular, and you need to find a perfect place for each of them to build a steady wall. I have designed dry-stack stone walls of granite or slate. Get new landscaping ideas in the blog.