Let’s face it, we grow very attached to the plants in our gardens. We’ve grown some of them since they were babies. It’s only natural that we don’t want to part with them. Unfortunately, there comes a time when some of these treasures need to move on. That’s what this week’s podcast is about – when to say goodby to a plant that no longer works in your garden. Listen in or read the transcript, below.
By now your flower gardens should be brimming over and, in some cases, taking over. Now is a great time to take stock of plants that have gotten out of hand. It’s also a good time to evaluate any plants that just aren’t living up to expectations.
One of the hardest things for most gardeners to do is getting rid of a perfectly good plant. But there are quite a few reasons for considering this.
Here are some ways plants are simply asking to be removed:
❦ Outgrown their space and are banging against the house
❦ Crowding out whole chunks of the garden
❦ Encroached on the driveway or walkway
❦ Roots protruding where they shouldn’t
❦ Obstructing your view from a window or when you try to pull out of the drive
❦ Hanging over a patio or pool
Be honest with yourself – especially if it’s a shrub or small tree we’re talking about here – can you really keep it in check with pruning?
It’s also a good time to be realistic about plants you’ve had for 3 years or more, that are still under performing. It could be that they are planted in the wrong spot and maybe moving them will perk them up. But it might be time to dig them up and say goodby. You could always give them away to a friend with different growing conditions.
Although it is a good time to take stock of the garden, it is not a great time to actually do the digging. The hot temperatures of July and August are even harder on plants than they are on gardeners. For now, tag, mark, or make notes about what to swap out. Hold off until September or even next spring, before you start the overhaul. That will give you time to think about what you want to replace them with and you may even find some great sales at the garden center.
We swap things out and even change entire color schemes inside the house all the time. Sometimes a fresh sweep outdoors is just what the gardener needs to fall in love with their garden all over again, for the first time.