Let me say straight out of the gate I am NOT a gardener. I know very little about flowers, shrubs, perennials or even annuals. But I do know what I like, and I try to incorporate plants into my garden(s) that are indigenous to the area. I have found that if I do that and make sure that the plants are in decent soil, have the kind of exposure they prefer and are kept watered and sometimes fertilized, they will reward me ten times over.
When we moved into our home more than 25 years ago, the landscaping was truly a sorrowful site. Actually, there really was no landscaping to speak of. Old, leggy azaleas, no lawn (unless you count crabgrass and brown spots), and many overgrown, unattractive trees .
The way our home is situated is a bit quirky. The side faces the street, and we enter thru the back and rarely even look at the front. In fact, I lived here for more than a few weeks before I even knew the front was the front! Our neighbor told us we had a package on our stoop for a few days and that’s when I figured it out. No lie. So we worked on the inside of the house a bit, then the back, but the front remained neglected for years.
About 15 years ago, after installing a sprinkler system (which I consider a MUST unless you like spending hours watering), we invested in having the yard professionally landscaped. A few years and a few thousand dollars later, most everything didn’t make it…a consequence of poorly planned design I believe, but it gave me the motivation I needed and I replaced what didn’t make it with various shrubs and perennials like hydrangea, butterfly bushes, roses, dwarf japanese red maple, and hostas.
Lots and lots of hostas.
So, what’s the ‘tip’ part of this post you might ask? Glad you did. I though y’all should know I started out with about 15-20 hostas and am now at well over 200. Almost every variety and size you can imagine.
Hostas are almost impossible to kill. Most varieties can handle a fair amount of sun, so they don’t always have to be relegated to the shady part of your garden. But in my opinion the best part of hostas is how easily they can be divided. Every two years you can triple what you have quite easily by digging them up (Spring or Fall), dividing them with a regular old kitchen knife, replant and let them do their thing.
Deer love hostas. We have deer. In fact, they’ve been known to come right up to our stoop. Once, maybe twice a year I do a VERY quick spray of something nasty like old eggs mixed with milk and it works. They’re creatures of habit so they’ve learned to stay away. One year I forgot to spray but they left my hostas alone.
So here’s a quick tour of our yard. We’ll start with the front and then work our way around to the side and then the back.
When you are standing on our front steps with your back to the door, this next picture is what you will see on your right. The roses are doing well!
So there’s the tour. I know there’s lots of gorgeous gardens out there in blog land, most that would put mine to shame, but I’m proud of mine anyway, and I wanted to post this to let everyone know you truly don’t have to be a knowledgeable gardener to have a pretty yard. Just follow the tips I mentioned and you’ll be off and running.