If you’re reading this today it’s January 1, 2018: Happy New Year and I hope for you a lovely start to 365 days of gardening opportunities. I’m thinking with a full year ahead of us, sky is the limit as to what can be done in your garden, it’s just mapping it out, and going for it.
The scale of this tree is perfect for a small garden and here it is growing as a street tree, facing south, receiving the full sun it loves! Crataegus laevigata ‘Paul’s Scarlet’ is a round headed deciduous tree.
Reminding me of high school geometry – planters typically come in many geometric shapes. Square pots, rectangular planters, round… These are the most common.So when I drove by this uniquely shaped geometric planter, I parked – and paid this unique container garden a proper visit. The cool shape was the first thing that struck me…
For me, this small front garden using just two plants has me thinking about a scene in nature. Here in California it could be a grassy meadow with an oak tree (see the photo below.) So when I saw this, my associative mind was excited by the representation. But I was also excited by the 2-plant choices.
When done right Red heats up like no other color in the garden. This fiery color, has the ability to move your eye towards it, and in a small garden setting this is especially powerful. HOW DOES THE COLOR RED AFFECTS YOU PHYSICALLY?
1. Increases enthusiasm. 2. Stimulates energy and can increase blood pressure, respiration, heartbeat, and pulse rate. 3.Encourages action and confidence.
Magnolias and flowering plums steel the show in February and March. These early blooming trees can easily be the envy of your neighbors. What are we looking at exactly? Some of the show stoppers featured in this post are flowering plums, saucer and star magnolias.
Where garden space is limited but appetite is not, one clever idea is to consider a space saving techniques like espalier. What does it mean to espalier you ask?
Definition: (verb) To train a tree or shrub to grow flat against a wall.
Believe it or not you can buy many kinds of fruit trees (apples yes!) already trained as espaliers and ready to plant in the ground or in a container.
I wanted to show you a few photos taken within the past year that are good examples of how combining plants with home architecture can reap lovely rewards.
Sometimes, and in a small front garden, the dominant focal point may be simply a flowering tree as you’ll see below. I think that seasonality plays a huge role here, especially if you are looking for that flowering magnolia or flowering cherry.
For the moment, forget that it’s a tiny space and just imagine the possibilities. Learning what you like when it comes to plants, furniture, garden styles, etc, is an essential first step, that many people don’t consider.
Though we were only there for one day, the event is two days of cooking & barbecuing demos, regional California wine tasting (some small regions you don’t necessarily think of for wine, like San Louis Obispo), plenty of amazing vendors, travel info, music and fun stuff for kids.