Garden Tour Round-Up

Twelve Ideas You’ll Dig

 By Teresa Woodard

Throughout the heartland this summer, private gardeners have graciously opened their garden gates for public garden tours. Whether it’s a pocket garden, estate landscape or suburban backyards, I always find plenty of inspiration. I jot down notes on new plants to try, clever plant combinations and innovative design details to borrow.

Here are a dozen of my favorites.

1)      Design a seating area around a container water garden. It’s a conservation piece, easier to install than an in-ground water feature and adds to the view from indoors.

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20160626_1026512)      Look for a spot to plant an allee of trees like this one of hornbeams.

 

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3)      Vertical gardening: Whether its a wall with fabric pockets, cement blocks or pots on a fence, these vertical gardening options offer a new way to garden up and maximize tight spaces.

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4)      Underplant shade tree and garden bench with liriope. The plant blooms purple flowers in the spring and offers an attractive groundcover to thwart weeds. Simply weed-wack the liriope in the late fall or early spring.

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5)      Support the craft brew craze and plant some hops.

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6)      Be more creative and try the unexpected.

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7)      Spray paint salvaged finds blue then add them to an all-green landscape bed like this one filled with hostas.

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8)      Add this native Queen of the Prairie to a moist spot in the yard.  I love its showy June blooms.

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9)      Go beyond the conventional turf.

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10)   Find a spot for water-loving spring primrose.

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11)   Incorporate more annuals. They add seasonal color and fill bare spots in the landscape.

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IMG_752512)   Create a small bog garden and fill it with pitcher plants like these.

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One response to “Garden Tour Round-Up

  1. dianajlockwood

    Thank you for the inspiring ideas! Pitcher plants are in my future.

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