Perennial Garden Design
Planting Flower Beds: How to Arrange Plants in a Perennial Garden Design
This tutorial in pictures shows the steps involved in planting flower beds. Items I discuss include preparing beds for planting, arranging the plants properly, weed control and selection of perennials. The sample project is actually a mixed border (perennials and shrubs).
The focus in this article on perennials is drought tolerance. The ability of your plants to withstand dry conditions is critical if your perennial garden design is for an area with intense sunlight. This is especially true if the soil there is porous, meaning the roots of the plants will have little opportunity to imbibe whatever water exists.
Perennial Rock Garden Design to Thwart Deer
You didn't think that sure-footed Bambi would be deterred by a few rocks, right? No, not even boulders will stop a hungry deer! But that doesn't mean deer and your rock garden cannot coexist. One answer is to grow perennials less apt to be eaten by Bambi. Follow the links in the article for ideas on designing and building rock gardens.
Perennial Plants for the Hummingbird Garden
There's birdwatching and then there is humming bird-watching. While the latter may be, technically, only a branch of the former, we seem to treat the hovering jewels known as "hummingbirds" almost as if they were a phenomenon all to themselves. This article will give you some ideas for a perennial garden design geared to drawing these very...
Drawing Butterflies With Perennial Plants: Butterfly Bush
Butterfly bush is invasive in some regions. But where it behaves itself, it's a must-have in a perennial garden design that aims to draw butterflies. Hummingbirds and bees are also drawn to it. Because it's so popular, at least one cultivar ('Blue Chip') has been developed that claims to be non-invasive.