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Lessons Learned By A Novice Gardener

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The Lessons that have Turned Me Into an Online Nursery Expert

When I started my journey down the gardening path, I was clueless as to what was what. I possessed a lot of enthusiasm backed up by rudimentary gardening, watering, and weeding. Well, give credit where credit is due. I did know what a plant was.

After extensive reading on the internet, a few lawns, and garden books, I felt that I had mastered some basics; after all, I now knew the difference between an annual and a perennial plant. I was loaded with information and started to plow ahead.

What NOT to do in Your Landscape Design

I made many mistakes because I was clueless about the requirement for maintaining a garden in my locale or proper landscape design and that this new hobby may monopolize my limited free time. You planted sun-loving trees and shrubs in a too shady spot. I planted plants requiring too much maintenance. And last but least, not possessing a futuristic outlook as to how the plant would look at maturity.

Several years were spent fixing my 'mistakes,' ripping out invasive vines, and relocating massive shrubs that grew too close. Moving clumps of irises and daylilies across my yard gave me valuable insight that I wish a garden expert had told me at the beginning of my journey.

Tips for Beginners for Better Landscape Design Results

It is in this light that I offer my humble advice for beginning gardeners:

  1. It is true. I read the plant tag, and it stated that it would attain a height of 10 feet and 15 feet wide. I asked myself how this sad little one-branch twig could grow that large, and anyway, it would never get that big in my lifetime. Well, I was wrong! It attained the promised height and width in a few years, crowding out other plants. So remember, believe the labels and space plants accordingly. Plant Growth Patterns:
  2. Fewer is often Better: If one is good, more may not be better. I'm a sucker for deals and couldn't resist a six-pack of summer squash for my developing vegetable garden. Those zucchini jokes are actual. Not only did the enormous leaves turn much of the vegetable patch into a jungle, shading out the nearby peppers and beans, but no one could eat all the foot-long squash that kept growing like, forgive the expression, weeds all summer long.
  3. Heed Warning Labels: Heed label warnings, particularly if it states "can be aggressive." You have been warned. In the beginning, I was fascinated by plants that reproduced with bionic power. Having a bare yard and freshly-dug beds, I wanted to fill the void fast. I planted 'Oriental Limelight,' a tall spiky plant with mottled yellow and green leaves that are colorful and fresh-looking all summer. However, it is tough to control with its runner roots and seeds spew each spring. I will be trying to eradicate this from my yard until the day I die.
  4. Simplicity is the key: It's easy to go crazy when confronted with the thousands of choices in trees, shrubs, flowers, and vegetables. I used to spend hours letting my fingers do the walking through garden catalogs and circling the scores of plants I wanted to try—plant too many different plant species. Your yard and flower beds can take up the appearance of a confusing jumble. Consider planting a cluster of at least three or more of each variety of flowers. That will form a big, visible clump. When installing a row of shrubs or trees, please limit the number of types to a handful, repeating some of them rather than going for endless variety.
  5. Start small and get to know an expert: True, those sprawling flower beds are beautiful; however, they can suck up your precious free time, what with weeding, watering, and trimming off dead flowers. I was hoping you could limit the size of your beds until you know what you're getting into (I sure didn't). And avoid plants that require maintenance, such as spraying or covering to prevent winter damage. Find a good garden center with helpful employees; ask lots of questions, even if they seem dumb. Most local plant experts are happy to share, and they're the ones who know which native plants will thrive in your area and which are troublesome.

One final bit of advice, RELAX-IT'S JUST a GARDEN!

Source of Information for Beginner Gardeners

Rue Anemone - TN Nursery

Rue Anemone

Rue Anemone is a delicate, spring-blooming perennial wildflower with fern-like perennial with leaves and small, white to pinkish flowers, often found in woodland settings. They are also known as Rue Meadow-rue or Early Meadow-rue, is a delicate and charming native plant in North America that offers many benefits when used in landscaping. Its dainty appearance, adaptability, and unique attributes make it a desirable addition to various outdoor spaces. The Rue Anemone is part of the buttercup family. Its botanical name is Thalictrum Thalictroides. It's important to note that it is not the Isopyrum Biternatum, which looks similar. Gardeners often refer to it as the windflower. It's native to North America and can be found in wooded areas. Gardeners love this wildflower for its white or pink flowers that tend to bloom early in the season. Identifying the Rue Anemone They are revered for their fragile appearance. They are identifiable by their white to pale pink flowers. They can attain sizes of up to 12 inches tall and develop anywhere from one to six white or pale pink flowers. Each flower typically has five sepals, which look like petals. Atop the sepals reside several yellow stamens, which add a lovely contrast to the pale color of the blooms. Below the flower, gardeners can view three-parted leaves that are dark green. The stems of the windflower are typically reddish or reddish-brown. These wildflowers typically bloom from April to May, but they've been known to bloom well into June. Gardening with the Rue Anemone They look great in wildflowers and shade gardens. It can be planted around trees, especially oak, maple, and hickory trees, as well as shrubs. These flowers make a great addition to hillsides and ridges. What to Plant Around Rue Anemone They can be grouped with many other types of trees, flowers, shrubs, and ornamental grasses. Some favorite companion plants include pulmonarias, bleeding hearts, and daffodils. Gardeners can also pair the windflower with lily of the valley, hostas, Hakone grass, and tulips. Plant Rue Anemone for Pollinators The blooms of the windflower attract bees. This can be beneficial for gardeners who have other flowering plants, vegetable gardens, or fruit bushes that need pollinators in order to develop their berries and vegetables. Gardeners can enjoy plating these beautiful wildflowers under and around trees, in shade gardens, and in areas where they are trying to rewild for environmental friendliness.

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