|Birdbath in NE Portland Garden
As time passes after the installation
of your garden, plant maintenance becomes more important. You may
have questions on how best to manage certain plants. It's suggested
we get together every six months to a year to address management
questions. We can even prune together to illustrate recommended
From my clients ...
"You've really helped me to move towards a yard that I am starting to love more and more."
— Carmen R.,
In some cases, I can provide small-scale
ornamental pruning services or recommend other professionals. Mulching
techniques, methods for dividing perennials, taking cuttings of
favorite plants, suggestions for in-fill plants, weed suppression
techniques, methods for maintaining ornamental grasses, shrubs and
perennials most efficiently and for best performance, how to manage
a young tree's growth as it matures are all examples of what we
can discuss during a follow-up consultation.
Whether we're working together to
develop a garden plan over time, or a Master Plan has been drawn
up to be installed all at once by a professional, the nature of
the garden is growth and change. As gardens get older they often
require 'strategic editing' to make the pieces of the garden puzzle
continue to fit together in a graceful and majestic way:
From my clients ...
"... I'm watching some birds eat berries from the Rowan and Serviceberry trees. The Echinacea is just beginning to bloom. The Spirea has just been a wild kaleidoscope of different colors over the last three months; for a while, it looked like a different plant every few days."
— Cathy S.,
- Trees and shrubs get larger, providing more shade than they did initially;
- Some plants will thrive and some may not due to your property's specific microclimate conditions;
- Your eye will prefer some types of plant growth to others, and you'll
discover new families of plants that now interest you;
- Some plants will need to be relocated, divided or removed as maintenance requirements
In short, you'll mature as a gardener.
One of the great challenges to a garden
designer is to find the balance between creating a garden that is
instantly satisfying and beautiful at installation with one that
has plants spaced well and is coherent 10 years or more from that
time. The answer to that dilemma is to continually modify your garden
as your plants mature.
To make an appointment for a consultation
about the current needs of your garden, contact