It was a long hot summer and maybe you didn’t pay as much attention to your Houston, Texas garden as you should have (it’s tough to work outside in 112 degree weather.) But now that fall is here (sort of) and the temperatures are getting cooler (kind of), it’s time to get your out of control garden back in shape. Adding definition is the quickest and easiest way to tame an out of control garden. Just follow the simple steps below and your overgrown Houston, Texas garden will be looking great in no time.
First, create a path. If your garden is just a tangled mess, the easiest thing to do is to create a path through the madness. Using your loppers, clippers, and other gardening tools, create a neat path through the overgrown tangle. If you have a large tree in your Houston, Texas garden, try creating a path to the tree and then around it. This will give you room to work and look very pretty. You can add some stepping stones to give the path even more definition.
Clear and prune. Prune all of your overgrown bushes, perennials, trees and other plants back into shape. Deadhead your Houston, Texas garden as needed. Look for any invasives (kudzu, elephant ear, Chinese wisteria) that may have taken over or taken root during your season of neglect and remove them, as well as any other weeds. Then rake out all the dead flowers, grass, leaves and other debris. Your path will have cut your overgrown Houston, Texas garden into more manageable sections, so take them one at a time.
Now, mulch. Lots of fresh mulch will be an immediate improvement to your overgrown garden, as well as getting your plants ready for the Houston, Texas winter and promoting overall health in your garden. You can use an organic mulch or one that is commercially available; if certain of your plants need a specific mulch, such as pecan shells or crushed oyster, be sure to mix that in before mulching your overgrown garden.
Consider a cottage garden. Since your overgrown Houston, Texas garden has already acquired a carefree, chaotic look, why not consider creating a cottage garden? Cottage gardens are quaint and very pretty, and require much less maintenance than a regular garden. Just follow the steps above and then plant any sort of flowers and shrubs that remind you of an old-fashioned, charming garden. Try delphiniums, snap dragons and lavender.
Use pale colors. Pale colors look much neater than bright colors, so if you are needing to replant any of your flowers, try light pink, lavender, white or pale blue flowers, rather than scarlet roses or bright orange calendula. Some good flowers to try for your overgrown Houston, Texas garden are ageratum, pale coneflowers, and blackfoot daisies.
Go for dark green. Plants with dark green foliage will also help your overgrown Houston, Texas garden look neater while providing a lovely contrast to your pale-colored flowers. Try planting hosta, Japanese boxwood and Japanese yew for an immediate neatening of your overgrown Houston, Texas garden.