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Re: Garden Addictions ...

In a message dated 00-01-01 10:01:41 EST, you write:

<< How are you able to fit so much in and not have it look like an overgrown 
 mess?  Are most of your plants mature?  Do you go out looking for specific 
 plants to fit some purpose or do you bring plants home and then look for a 
 "hole" (this is my most often used method). >>


   My most used method is to decide on plants I want and then come home and 
make them fit somewhere ... not terribly scientific, but it sure works for 
me!!!  I've also managed to creep out onto common ground outside the back 
gate ... no one complains and the neighbors seem to enjoy it.  It helps to be 
the President of this Association and the Common Grounds Chair!

   Many of my plants are mature, but obviously I can't grow too many of the 
larger varieties ... I tend to favor small and medium varieites and I'm 
absoutely wild about miniatures (too bad they didn't show up by the pond in 
the magazine photos).  I like the look of the plants overlapping one another 
and, so far, have not had a problem with disease in the garden.  The 
overlapping makes for waves of multicolored, lush foliage that has a very 
tropical, yet cooling effect in the summer.  I think the maintenance of turf 
grass helps to calm down the overall effect of overplanting and gives the eye 
a place to rest ... green hostas also work very well for this purpose!

   I have a multitude of varieities growing in containers of varying sizes 
and textures.  The containers are placed on the deck, on the front stoop and 
steps, as well as interspersed among the garden beds.  The containerized 
plants help to give a little hardscape interest as well as varying "levels" 
in the garden beds.  

   In any event, I build the garden strictly for myself and I'm really 
thrilled when others enjoy it as well ... thanks!

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