|Hens and chicks in a tree stump log. Many types of suculents thrive in Edmonton, Alberta.|
Make the most of what you have.....
For easy gardening, find plants that thrive in the exact conditions they must grow in. This is trial and error, but it helps to observe what neighbours have been able to grow under similar conditions. Soil, sun and moisture....all factors to consider when selecting plants.
|Hostas for shade. Spot the bunny sheltering from the rain?|
|Succulents planted in broken clay pot buried in the ground.|
When the ground is inhospitable and annual flowers struggle to grow, put out a few potted plants, above or buried into the ground, for bursts of colour and interest. Chose hardy plants and use tricks to conserve water. Wave petunias grow well in pots, but do need some sun. Although impatiens are extremely frost sensitive, I cannot resist growing these shade tolerant flowers in pots. They have gorgeous colour and rapid growth. Because they grow in the shade, they do not require daily watering, but they do love moist soil, so water regularly.
|Impatiens -great for shade, but frost tender.|
|Marigold flowers in an old tree stump.|
|Hypertufa is strong, durable and light. I made these containers 10 years ago. Sedums are perfect in hypertufa because they are shallow rooted, hardy and grow in poor soil.|
Make it YOUR garden.......
I don't have a stunningly beautiful front garden, far from it, but I like it. Over the years it has evolved. Now it is cluttered with old tree trunks, broken clay pots, hypertufa planters and pots of pretty flowers.
|North facing low maintenance Edmonton garden|
|Impatiens in deep shade, and wave petunias in the pot that gets some sunshine|