Last week I posted a way to find savings in your flowers. Today, I want to discuss how a careful gardening or flowering plan can save you hundreds of dollars, hours of labor and bring about spring and summer flowers in full bloom.
1. Let’s talk about a plan. I found this beautiful garden in the August 2009 Country Living Magazine.
Pamela Page, featured in the August 2009 Country Living, has a lush garden full of flowers and vegetables.
But more importantly she has a very detailed plan of what she wanted to plant.
2. Get books designed specifically for your area and has garden or flower bed plans laid out for shade or sun.
3. If you cannot get a plan, most garden centers can refer you to a landscape architect that can draw up a plan. We have a local University that I could ask a student to draw it up. Believe me, you will save more in having a well-defined plan than the cost of the landscape architect.
4. In addition, there are several free websites that will help you plan a garden or flower beds.
5. Divide your plan up into what you can accomplish in one year. I guarantee you that Pamela’s plan was not completed in one year.
My garden in 2008.
Started in April 2008
Planted April 2008
Here is what my garden plan was this year. We expanded it and added four more beds.
I modified it but here is what my garden looked like this year.
6. Use what you have. Like I described last week, I use the perennials and seeds already in the garden to fill in my flower beds or gardens, according to my plan.
7. Use the seed catalogues to help you design.
Let’s get ready for next spring, ladies...