January 23, 2010

Tip of the day

Yesterday I encouraged you to think about how many uses an item has before giving it space in your home.  Today, I’m asking you to do the same thing as you plan your garden. 

  • Consider seasonal interest when planting.  Forsythia while beautiful as a harbinger of spring is not that attractive for the other 11 months of the year.  While not down right ugly, there are many more options that bring spring beauty while having nicer structure and foliage.
  • Is it edible?  Plants that are attractive and edible are much more likely to make their way into my garden.  From the beauty of multicolor hot peppers, to the many varieties of daylilies, you’ll find edibles will fit into almost any landscape.  Be sure to check with your retailer before attempting to eat any edible plant.  Daylilies are edible Asiatic lilies ARE NOT!  You don’t want to risk it. 
  • How many purposes does the plant offer?  I’ve enjoyed our blueberry bushes because they serve many purposes.  Of course they give berries, but they have year around interest and as they grow will serve as a privacy hedge in between our property and our neighbor’s.
  • Consider seasonal usage when planting.  Like I mentioned above in regards to interest and beauty, one must also consider its usage.  Onions are wonderful because they can be planted very early in the year and a few weeks later can be used as spring or green onions.  Later in the summer they can be pulled for storage onions, depending on the variety.  If left in the ground, by fall they will green again and can be pulled well into early winter.  (I still have some I’m pulling that were planted last year).  The other wonderful thing about onions is that they can be planted in containers or tucked into spots in the garden. They have a shallow root structure and therefore are perfect near deeper rooted plants.  Another bonus if I haven’t yet convinced you to plant onions—they help deter pests that might otherwise be attracted to your other plants and flowers.


  1. Hi! I'm a lurker and I absolutely adore your blog. Forsythia, while not a TN native plant, does have more perks than it's spring bloom. The bushes serve as an excellent shelter for birds and small animals year round.
    In many neighborhoods where every yard is immaculate, often times these bushes are the only refuge wild life get.

  2. Good point! I do love their blooms. On of our neighbors has a beautiful bush in his front yard, and it is gorgeous in the early spring. ;) Thanks for the comment and for "lurking".