Gardening with Style in Small Spaces
If you’re an avid gardener, chances are you’ve discovered a couple realities about gardening as you get older; you can’t garden at the level you once did (eight hours or more, coming in only for water and meals) and you no longer want to plant and tend acres of land.
That’s why container gardening is such a hit and continues to grow in popularity. And, there are lots of new, wonderful plants to fill those containers.
“People think about annuals when they think about containers, but it’s easy to incorporate perennials and shrubs into your containers,” says Heidi Grasman, co-owner of Garden Crossings nursery since 2002.
A great way to add color
One of the great new series of plants that Heidi recommends for containers is the Pugster series of butterfly bush. These, she says, grow to about 2’ x 2’ which is perfect for a container or a small garden space. “Even though they’re not large, the plant produces large blooms, making it an attractive addition to a porch, patio or small space garden,” Heidi says. To add more color to the container, Heidi suggests adding annuals like petunias or million bells, which are a small petunia.
If you’re a hydrangea lover – and many gardeners are – another good container or small space plant choice is the Invincibell hydrangea Wee White. This plant also grows to about 2’x2’ and blooms all summer. For a pop of color, you can surround it with annuals as well in the color combination that best fits your landscape.
That one plant
If you’re looking for that one plant to do a big job in your garden, Heidi advises the Supertunia Vista series. One Supertunia from this series will cover about a three square foot area. Best of all, these Supertunias are self-cleaning, so there’s no need for deadheading or removing the dead flower.
Attracting butterflies and hummingbirds
There’s a new plant on the market this year that’s great for attracting hummingbirds and butterflies to the garden. It’s an annual salvia called Rockin’ Deep Purple that grows three feet tall and has deep violet flowers. It promises to be a standout in any garden, and if you’re trying to attract pollinators to your garden, this is a great option.
New perennials for sun and shade
Perennial gardeners are always looking for long blooming plants, and this year, Heidi recommends the long blooming, compact and drought-tolerant Uptick series of coreopsis. The plants grow 12 to 14 inches tall and bloom all summer long.
For the shade gardener, adding interest to the garden is made easier by the wide variety of foliage plants that can add a colorful pop to a shady spot. Heuchera or coral bells come in a wide range of foliage colors: purple, black, chartreuse, oranges and yellows. Planting a mix of these beautiful plants together can really make a colorful spot in a shade garden.
Gardening trends Heidi sees becoming more popular now are vegetable gardening, which can easily be done in containers, and succulent gardening, which can be done inside and outside, both in containers and on wreath forms.
With all of these options for gardeners, you’re sure to find the plants that work best for you and your landscape.