The main house on the property has a large deck facing north, out to the driveway. We built the house and deck one nail at time. A "Do it yourself" article on the main house could be awhile.
The deck off the main house is 544 square feet; we built a planter running along the base of the deck. Instead of making a railing, we created our first perennial garden on the property consisting of tiger lilies. Year one, we could still see under the deck, as we did not put fascia boards or lattice to cover the gap. By year two, the lilies were flush to the top of the deck.
Now, 4 years later the lilies are ready to bloom and they have reached the height of a railing. Once in bloom, the main deck will be wrapped in a waist high border of abundant, orange tiger lilies. Awesome!
To achieve even more height and amplify stone steps leading off the deck, we planted Catnip - check out how tall and straight Catnip grows after a few years: a very unique looking plant.
The terraced perennial garden is coming along nicely. Everything we've transplanted and grown from seed has rooted, and is beginning to bloom. The Lilac trees took a bit of the hit, but are making it. Wild ground cover roses we transplanted fairly late have surprised us, and begun to sprout new leaves. The Uwe trees we bought are also showing signs of growth, producing bright green buds. The archangel we took from our back garden is multiplying rapidly, it seems to propagate during summer months as its flowering cycle is early spring.
Perennial ground cover plants are also holding strong next year we should see a drastic change in the terraced perennial garden. It will be twice as full. Plants will fill in the gaps and become stand alone entities; among clusters of complimentary colors.
The reality for many aspiring green-thumbs is that most simply don't have enough time; making perennial gardens is the way to go. Once you've chosen where you want or need a garden - think long broad strokes in your horticulture habits.
Have a good go at it this fall - get the earth ready, till and frame the area with rocks, beams or tall grass. Grab some local flowers cut the tops and plant stalks with root balls same goes for grasses or tubers.
Come spring next year, you will have a great planting area with perennials and grasses spreading their roots and sprouting up. Check out flowers that grow best in your area. Start looking for plants that are easy to access and transplant. For those plants you must have ?lilies are my weakness? check out the nurseries we suggest. They have great prices, good selections and they offer valuable information on each type of plant they sell.
Acorns hopes to be bringing you more cool tips on how to choose great "Do it yourself projects". Our "Do it yourself Greenhouse" article follows this one. It features woodworking projects and greenhouse building tips.
Don't hesitate. You can landscape your own perennial garden during the summer, keeping your eye on all the plants you see in bloom around you, and come fall wait till most of them look dead - cut off the stalks and plant the roots. Perennial gardens are the ticket---they are versatile and last forever.