What a great audience for Dr. Laura Deeter’s program on “Landscape Design Ideas for Hostas and Daylilies” at Black Swamp’s meeting on February 9th at Toledo Botanical Garden Metropark! Seventy-five avid gardeners enjoyed every minute of the presentation, as well as Laura’s photos taken on visits to cities across the U.S. and Canada. Topics covered (plus photos demonstrating each) were line, form, texture, color, balance, rhythm, scale, variety, repetition, and unity/harmony.
Laura suggests gardeners set up a spread sheet to track color and bloom time of cultivars in your garden. This will help you purchase items to bloom at different times, and to either match the color of plants you currently have or help pick new plants to compliment them.
If you have a small garden area, use containers to get more variety and utilize space on patios, porches, stoops, steps, sidewalks or the space by your garage.
Use plants as art. Coordinate plants in your garden with the same colors from your favorite framed picture.
Laura urged attendees to look at our gardens from a different perspective by viewing them from a neighbor’s house. Find a way to repeat a color by using different plants of the same color. Ask yourself, “Why am I putting this plant in my garden?” Be happy with your garden! Balance height, textures and colors of plants and don’t forget the old rule of using odd numbers in your groupings. Avoid acute angles and plant to scale - size plants next to each other for eye appeal.
Plant a garden that has a reason. Your landscape has a function…street appeal. Is your front entrance inviting? Is there space to visit with guests before they walk through your front door? Use sidewalks, steps, or perhaps a circular patio for the entrance to your garden but be sure it is safe and not something just for show. Have a way to get from Point A to Point B.
To keep your garden exciting, trade out the flowers several times a season. Take a sample of a plant that is currently in your garden to your favorite nursery to find a match of the color or texture. If your significant other asks why you need more plants, just tell them the doctor (in this case Dr. Deeter – AKA “the Garden Hoe”) prescribed plant shopping every two weeks. Attendees thought that sounds like a great plan!