Landscaping can become a time vampire that sucks on your ability to get things done within a finite period of time not unlike the way that Count Dracula sucked on the sweet white neck of Mina.
Or maybe not. What do I know?
I’ll tell what I know about landscaping. But in order to make it more easily digestible-since I do possess a comprehensive knowledge of everything having to do with landscaping-I’ll make it easier to read by separating into sections with bolded headlines. I understand that particular method of delivering information via the information superhighway is the preferred method of receiving information.
Perennial in the Wintertime: Give your herbaceous perennials about three frosts at the most before you cut the foliage two inches above the ground. Cover the stubs with a layer of pine straw or evergreen cuttings if available. If your landscaping includes only perennials of the woody types, you should just prune back the dead foliage.
Runnel: If your landscaping plan is going to be put into action along with your patio plans, consider installing a runnel that divides the patio. A runnel is just a fancy name for a narrow channel of water. Diving your patio in two with a runnel lends it an aesthetic quality, but can also be a natural dividing line between the cooking area and the dining area. You won’t even need to build a bridge as long as the runnel is narrow enough.
Insect Attraction: You can use landscaping to actually attract insects. Needless to say, we’re not talking about mosquitoes that are, in my own humble opinion, proof of the Devil. Angelica will attract ladybugs; candytuft attracts aphids, goldenrod attracts soldier beetles and pirate bugs and morning glory is a natural landing site for ladybugs.
Palm Trees: A palm tree can really make your landscaping plans come to life. You have quite a selection when it comes to palm trees and don’t necessarily think that you have to live in Florida or California to plant a palm. Among those that will thrive well outside the borders of Florida and California are the Chinese fountain palm, the Mediterranean fan palm, the pygmy date palm, the bamboo palm and, if you have the room for it, the Queen and King palms.
Vines: A showpiece for vines is much better than just letting them grow wild. You can get very affordable lightweight wooden or metal trellises for a controlled climber like clematis. A freestanding arbor with solid wood columns can handle tougher varieties of vine like wisteria. Of course, nothing looks cooler than an outside wall that is covered in bougainvillea.