[After you read this entry, click: How My Garden Grows: Six.]
This is Part Five of a series on Margot’s Get-Real Guide to Gardening in North West Florida.
THE VERTICAL SPACES OF YOUR GARDEN: [Continued]
I said previously, “When designing your gardens, think of a lofty and enchanting dwelling space, containing five stories or levels.”
Notice the enchantment of the visually captivating assortment of vertical levels or stories of the gardens, in the photos above and below.
I draw inspiration from enchanting English country gardens, especially the gardens of British authors of classic literature:
Northmoor Road: Home of J. R. R. Tolkien, Oxford.
The Kilns: Home and Garden of C. S. Lewis, Oxford
Hilltop Farm: Home of Beatrix Potter
However, before you get “carried away,” by English Gardens, please remember: this is Garden Design in North West Florida!
Previously, I described Stories or Levels Five through Three, in descending order.
Today, we begin with Story or Level Two.
However, first, I will offer some Terms & Definitions:
Annuals bloom for only one season. You must re-plant them every year.
Perennials re-emerge, every spring, after lying dormant all winter.
Tender perennials may not re-emerge, after a hard frost during the winter.
Each perennial has its own life-cycle: Usually, they thrive for three to fifteen years, after which you may have to re-plant.
Evergreens: the foliage stays green all year.
Perennial Evergreens: the foliage stays green all year AND it provides seasonal blooms and interest.
A Note on Evergreens and Evergreen Perennials:
To me, there is nothing more depressing than walking out to my garden, in the winter, to view vast blank spaces where plants hide dormant.
So, I plant plenty of evergreens and evergreen perennials: They provide the “canvas” upon which I “paint,” when I add the color of annuals and perennials.
Every garden needs a FOIL:
Hardiness: USDA Zones 7-11
Plant Use: Shrub
Exposure: Full Sun
Water Requirements: Medium