I love garden magazines, especially the photography. Being an armchair gardener is so much easier… and cleaner… than actually gardening. Everything is so perfect. Sometimes too perfect,
I admire people with magazine-worthy gardens. I can only imagine the work that goes into them. I have helped friends spiff up their gardens before a garden tour. You would not believe how the tiniest detail is labored over and I can’t begin to tell you how much mulch gets schlepped. I’m sure being photographed for posterity brings a similar level of stress. While I have tremendous respect for anyone willing to open their garden to that much scrutiny, I’m going to let you in on a little secret.
Magazines often fudge things a little. If they need more blooms or more of a certain color, they have been known to fill in the spot with potted or cut flowers. Yes, sometimes those flawlessly designed gardens have actually been styled, like Beyonce or the houses at the end of Fixer Upper. Instead of shiplap and French doors, the photo shoot stylist uses planted containers, garden ornaments and furniture, and even extra plants and flowers tucked in among the ones that have stopped blooming. Hey, their job is to bring us inspiration and nature doesn’t perform on cue.
My point is not to disillusion you. These are still great gardens. The owner still deserves the credit for the essence of the garden. I’m telling you this so you can stop comparing your garden to these picture perfect gardens.
Your garden may not be as grand, but trust me, their gardens still have weeds and pests and even gaps in blooms. By all means, soak in the beauty and steal some ideas. Just realize that those photos are really still lifes, not a constantly evolving garden like the one you’ve created.