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Thursday Tips: Inheriting a Garden Print E-mail
Written by Heleigh Bostwick    Thursday, 26 January 2017
Overgrown garden

Buying a new home often means that you have create a garden from a blank slate or work with what the developer has decided to plant. While buying a home with an established garden sounds wonderful (or not like the picture above), you'll probably want to add your own signature touches to make it your own.

The first thing I would recommend is to do...nothing--for an entire year. By waiting an entire growing season you get to see how your new garden works for you and what those lovely plants have to offer. You'll also discover where (and whether) the spring and fall bulbs are hiding, where the birds like to hang out and where the squirrels scurry. You'll also discover where the shady parts of the garden are and where the sun blazes down, and where the best views are.

Of course as gardeners, this can be a difficult assignment. Satisfy yourself by creating a few container gardens or even a container water garden, and by taking care of the maintenance of the garden such as weeding, pruning, mulching, and edging if there's an established perennial border, or adding patios, terraces, and decks. Hold off on other hardscape elements like walkways, paths, pergolas, and gazebos.

You may already have some terrific ideas, but after a year you may discover that they aren't quite as terrific as you thought. You may use the space differently than you imagined or that color combination that looked so ridiculous might just be growing on you!

Recommended reading:
The Garden Maker's Manual

The Lost Gardens: An English Garden Mystery (a mystery book with lots of fascinating English garden lore)

The Sanctuary Garden

Photo source: www.avant-gardens-online.co.uk