By Roanne Robbins, Sara Begg Townsend
Uninterested in box gardens that glance nice in the summertime yet no longer the remainder of the 12 months? backyard designers Sara Begg Townsend and Roanne Robbins supply an leading edge approach for growing fashionable box gardens which may swap with the seasons with not less than fuss. they start with a "main-stage" plant--a woody plant, backyard decoration, or crowd pleasing perennial--and then upload a secondary participant for texture and diversity. because the seasons swap, they convey how effortless it really is to change crops out and in for a dynamic exhibit that appears nice year-round. Their uncomplicated process yields unending adaptations, seasonal bursts of colour, and sundry textures that echo the ever-changing fantastic thing about nature. The booklet gains designs for twelve bins, each one with a different plan for swapping crops each season, for a complete of forty eight fascinating appears.
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Go ahead, buy the the garage and the basement mossy, aged Italian terra-cotta Sometimes a staple plant stays both work well. Conversely, heartthrob you’ve been eyeing, in for a year. Sometimes, like in concrete and stone are incred- fill it with gorgeous geraniums, the case of a boxwood (Buxus) ibly durable, taking the seasons’ and smile in pleasure. If your topiary or a birch, it can stay shifts in temperature and water geraniums happen to mold or longer. Certain vessels over- in stride and gaining a beautiful you forget to make watering winter well, whereas others patina all the while.
Polycarbonate compos- For example, imagine you’re plants need water, but too much ite and metal containers are creating a planting at the could cause the roots of a plant less forgiving and may need entrance to your house. The to rot and then, well, the plant extra holes drilled in, as the vessel shouldn’t be dwarfed will die. So, water your con- drainage holes are the only by the doorway, nor should it tainer until the water is freely way that water can escape. overwhelm the entrance. The running out the bottom.
Of course, garden- organic components and sus- close look while you’re planting ers never think of dirt in this tainable practices. Among our things up in your big container. way, since most gardeners do favorites are Coast of Maine and If you see little yellow, green, or what they do because of a very Vermont Compost Company. brownish pellets or balls, they The first thing to know is Roanne mixes good rich potting soil with a dose of perlite to ensure good drainage. Most commercially grown season, you’re inevitably adding Planting up Your Container a bit of nutrients with the new When commercial nurseries situation where the big roots of soil you put in to fill in the gaps propagate plants for sale, they the plants are doing laps around and tuck around the new addi- either grow them in nursery the container and form a tight, tions.
Continuous Container Gardens: Swap In the Plants of the Season to Create Fresh Designs Year-Round by Roanne Robbins, Sara Begg Townsend