Landscape your own property with a garden design map guide!
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go to the light
My garden changes each year. Garden beds that used to provide dazzling, floral displays one year, disappoint the next. Sometimes, it's the weather taking to long to heat up or, too much rain or clouds during early spring. Sometimes it's because I neglected to put a little extra care into the garden beds that housed newly transplants from another crowded bed. Fresh top soil, compost manure and a touch of mulch are not to be overlooked in late fall.
Another reason could be that a tree growing close grew by a little larger, blocking precious available sunlight that helped my plants in previous years thrive and produce robust flowers. Plants grown in part shade that need full sun, may survive but will not bloom or bloom late. Plants that need dappled light or partial shade planted in full sun, will have scorched leaves with no blooming success.
Plants need to be planted where they will receive the right amount of light, even the hardiest of perennials needs to be planted in the right spot. I recommend looking out a window on the hour of a day, or sitting out in your garden during the daylight hours, taking notes on how the sundials in your urban garden. This will change a little with each season, with some spots receiving light for longer over the summer months. For the urban gardener who wants huge results, you have to see the light. Download Design Map Guide.
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