A little Spring planning garden advice from Carole (my mom).
For myself, Spring is a time to look out my kitchen window and imagine the sights and sounds of new life entering my yard… but Spring in Calgary doesn’t last long, so it’s time to plan. I personally love Spring planning. It gives me a chance to dream of my vegetable garden in full bloom, my three Swedish Columnar Aspens covered in leaf, and the green of my healthy lawn without me having to lift a single shovel.
I’ve started plotting out where I would like to put my potted plants and I’ve been thinking about what flowers will do well in what areas. Too many times have I been frustrated with the lack of growth and beauty of zone 5 plants, not to mention the wasted time and money. So, I don’t like to buy any plants unless I know they’ll be hardy enough for the Calgary climate.
With potted plants, one can move them around when needed. I like this since it allows be to use my yard as a canvass. Potted plants are great for adding color to shaded areas, or if the summer days are getting to hot they can be easily moved elsewhere to protect them from the summers heat. If I am planning an outside party, potted plants are a bonus as they can be placed in strategic areas to enhance different areas of the yard or deck.
There are a wide variety of flowers that are pot and container friendly. Depending on the look you want you should do your homework prior to buying just any plant. If you like the look of plants draping over your pots Wave Petunias, Ivies, Lobelia will give you that effect. Taller plants include, Grasses and Coneflowers. If your pot is large don’t be afraid to mix and match different types of flowers/grasses to give you height and depth. If you prefer to have a color scheme, choose different hues of that color to enhance each plant.
Any size of pot can be used, but be weary of upkeep. Smaller pots will require watering each day and sometimes twice a day, depending on the temperature and exposure to the sun. Larger pots require less watering but tend to be heavy and harder to move.
Now that I’ve planned out my yard, I hope that in the full swing of summer, I can sit back and relax once again to look around and enjoy my hard work.
Enjoy the Spring and New Beginnings.