My dad wants to start a garden; however, we do not have a large yard.
i was wondering if anyone knew specific types of flowers or plants that
grow well in small areas. Also, what plants/flowers look well
Thousands of flowers can look good in small plantings. Which ones you choose
depends on your climate, and how much time you want to invest in caring for
the garden on a regular basis. Your best bet is a trip to the library to
bring home a bunch of books. Among those books should be one which
identifies plants & shrubs and describes the conditions and care they need.
Take it with you to a garden store (not Home Depot, not Lowe's, not Wal
Mart) so you can read about the plants you see right in front of you before
bringing them home and finding they're not well suited to your needs.
There are too many possibilities!! You should go to a "Real" garden
center or nursery not a home depot or Lowe's and ask an expert there.
You would just need to tell them what exposure or how much sun or shade
you have, how big of an area are you talking, what type of soil. Is it
sandy, clay. Also if there is sprinklers or you want more of a drought
resistant design. They can show you some plants to get you started. Try
not to get overwhelmed. Start with a few, get comfortable and go from
And, when you see beautiful gardens at other homes, don't get the idea that
what you're seeing is based on work done several years ago. Great gardens
are the result of work done yesterday, and a few hours the week before, and
missing a day of fishing back in July because the garden needed attention.
It's not a hobby for couch potatoes, and the work is good for muscle tone
(and sore feet).
Can you explain that to my neighbors? They love looking at my garden
and see that I am always working in it. But I get to look at the lack
of hours design they have in their yards. It is possible to create a
low maintenance landscape that is nice to look at as long as you don't
believe that is all created by weeds, kid toys, garbage bags and other
Murder is always an option, but it depends on how fast you can dig graves
and plant something on top of them. :-) When I first started making raised
planting beds, they were about 8 feet long, and looked very much like
graves. Neighbors who knew about my dislike for dogs asked uncomfortable
questions occasionally about the "graves". I used to just smile.
Things could always be worse, though:
Just a funny story... sometimes things disappear around our
neighborhood. We had a couple wheelbarrows stolen, the neighbor had a
weedeater stolen, things that kids or people on drugs can get money
for. Well, my husband decided to get back at them. His Dad had given
him a mower to throw away. No way to repair this mower. My husband
decide to see how long it would take for this mower to walk away. So he
sat it out by the street and waited. A week went by. We had a neighbor
that watch this kid come down the street on a bike and go by our house
several times. Then he came running down the street, grabbed the mower
and disappeared. Next thing she saw was him coming down the street on
his bike with a gas can! We got a chuckle. My husband did it again
with a worthless chainsaw. That took 2 weeks. We decided to hold of on
any other items just in case someone would catch on and would decide to
return the favor.
The thing that amazes me is the neighbors with the junk design yards
never get anything stolen.
We've had the same problem with theft. The response from the cops reminds me
of a Far Side cartoon. Scene: A clock repairman is collapsed on his
workbench, dead. Not only has he been shot, but every clock in the place has
been hit, too, so they're all stopped, showing the same time. Three cops.
One is saying "Well, we know how he was killed. Now, we just need to
determine when all this happened".
Three times in a month, thefts here have happened after residents called 911
to report kids on bikes between midnight and 3:00 AM. I spotted them last
week and called the cops. It's one of those neighborhoods whose streets are
all dead ends and cul-de-sacs. There are only 2 ways out. No guarantee that
the cops could find these kids, but easier than other neighborhoods. What
does the cop do? Stops at my house FIRST to ask me what the kids look like!
I explained that because of three previous thefts, ANY kid on a bike at this
time of night should be questioned because it's a friggin pattern. He says
he needs a description. I said that because my neighbors have too damned
many lights on, everything's a silhouette, but the APPEARED to be non-white
kids. The cops asks "Were they black, or Hispanic?" Excuse me?????? Go find
anyone on a bike and have a chat with them! Based on the last 3 thefts,
they're carrying other peoples' garage door openers, stolen from cars.
I'm waiting for a call back from the police chief. Grrrrr.....
Just a few months ago undercover cops by chance watched a kid take a
tire off a car and stroll down the street on his skateboard with it.
They called backup..... like you needed back up for a kid with a tire
on a skateboard...but next thing we had 4 cop cars on our street! They
found other stuff on him, drugs I think so he is going to stay in jail
for a minute. But when ever you call the cops the whole city of cops
come running like there isn't anything else going on! I guess I should
be relieved we get response so fast. But they have told us they know
where all the drug houses are but can't do anything about it. We as a
neighborhood just need to let those house know that we know and maybe
they will move on....to another neighborhood!!! That dosen't solve the
problem just gives it to someone else!
it depends on the zone you are in, the amount of sunlight, soil, etc.
I have a very small back yard, 25' x 25'. here is it a couple years ago (gotta
update it!) I drew the whole thing out, planned the plantings
there are two good pointers. one are gardening books about "small spaces" and
other is looking in the backyard of neighbors. looking has added benefit because
neighbors are likely to give you plants if they have extra.
this summer I had 2 parties, both time with over 20 people. my backyard is more
this year than ever and the people just loved the "cosy" factor and the fish
with waterfall. Ingrid
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