|Hens and chicks in a tree stump log. Many types of suculents thrive in Edmonton, Alberta.|
Make it YOUR garden.....
Over the years I have taken to trying to find plants that thrive in the exact conditions they have. This is trial and error, but it helps to observe what neighbours have been able to grow under similar conditions. I don't have a beautiful front garden, but I like it, mostly because it has evolved and it is decorated with old tree trunks, broken clay pots, and hypertufa planters that I made many years ago. These old garden adornments hold a beauty for me.
|Succulents planted in broken clay pot|
When the ground is inhospitable, 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. This year, I planted succulents, sedums and marigolds. The succulents went into an old broken clay pot, dug into the ground so only the rim shows. This old clay pot didn't survive the Alberta winters - it cracked and fell apart - so for the past few years, the rim remnants have been burried in the ground to become a mini garden within the garden.
|Marigold flowers in an old tree stump. I love the character of these old logs. If I move them now they will fall apart.|
|Succulents in 3 hypertufa containers in my Edmonton flower garden. Hypertufa is extremely 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.|