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It is also essential to plan the border, which will fill in the medium height of your garden. These are the low growing perennials- such as dianthus, creeping phlox, or lamb’s earwhich should be repeated across the front edge of the perennial garden. You now have the frame and the siding of your house, so it’s time to consider the ornamental details. Just like a house, it is the trim work, shutters, and details that make it beautiful and unique! When perennial gardens have splashes of color from daffodils in the spring, and patches of constant color from annuals all summer, it ties the garden together and makes all of the other flowers look even more spectacular. Zinnias, New Guinea Impatiens, Begonias, are all wonderful choices for the repetitive groupings. Be sure to plant the annuals after May 10th in the High Country (to avoid frost damage)! It is perfectly fine to plant your perennial garden in the spring, but remember if you love daffodils in the spring, be sure to plant the bulbs in October! Now, you have your plan, plant list, and schedule, so you are ready to begin planting. Make sure that you have good, rich, well-drained soil before you begin planting. You may want to till up the area to make the soil soft and easy to plant in. A soil conditioner may be added to the dirt if it is a hard, packed dirt. Once you have the plot free of weeds and the soil ready to plant, let the fun begin! Lay out your plants while still in their containers and make sure you like the placement. Remember to cut a bit of the bottom of the roots to help jump-start their growth. Carefully add a thin layer of finely ground mulch in between the plants and take a step back to look at your garden. Yes, it has been a lot work from planning and researching to the planting, but just wait and see how much enjoyment you get from this garden that will last for years to come. Sonya Garland is the owner and designer of Hawk Mountain Garden Center. She is a Registered Landscaping Contractor and a Certified Plant Professional with over fifteen years of experience in the High Country. Call Sonya for a free landscaping estimate. 828-260-0452. H

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