Pre planned gardens perennials

Perennial Shade Gardens: Using a Pre-Planned Garden to Brighten Dark Areas

Every garden has a shady corner where the flowers and shrubs just don’t seem to dance. You long to spiff it up with something bright and beautiful but the task seems overwhelming. Isn’t there anything you can do? What if you could get a magic box containing everything you need to bring color, texture and beauty to that part of the backyard the sun doesn’t kiss? Bluestone Perennials has just that – an entire garden in a box, and they call it Shade Garden.

This box contains everything you need to fill a huge garden bed with flowers and foliage from spring to fall. Yes, there are plants, some 24 of them all told, 19 different varieties. Some offer bright blossoms, others are boldly colored or have delicately textured leaves. Some are tall, some are short, and all are happy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 4 through 8. Every plant comes in a pot 3.5 inches (9 cm.) square and 4 inches (10 cm.) deep. Here are a few stand-outs.

Remember Me

Say hi to the hostas, foliage queens of the shade garden. The selection includes Great Expectations, with its incredible yellow leaves and sea-green markings, and Blue Angel with blue-green textured leaves the size of elephant ears. Then there is Remember Me, a hosta with canary yellow leaves edged in smoky green that, presto-chango, fade to angelic white in mid-summer.

Ostrich Plume

The flowers are also showstoppers, like astilbe Ostrich Plume, with brilliant pink weeping panicles and airy plumes that sway in a summer breeze. The color is echoed and intensified in the Morton foxglove, its upright flower stalks a full 3 feet (.9 m.) tall and laden with stunning bell-shaped blossoms. The flower selection is incredible, but that’s not the only cool thing about the Shade Garden. The design for the garden is included too.

You may have shopped the section of the garden store offering shade perennials, turning from one to the next indecisively. Imagining how one plant compliments its neighbors takes practice, and it’s equally hard to envision the look as one plant fades and another takes its place. Leave that chapter behind you. With Bluestone Perennials Shade Garden, experts have pulled together the layout of the perennial bed for you, figuring out which plants will look best beside each other.

Do you envision a rectangular garden bed for the shady corner? Bluestone Perennials has you covered with a Shade Garden design for a rectangular bed 14 feet (4 m.) long and 6 feet (1.8 m.) wide, including a map of the finished plot and detailed instructions for planting. Or maybe you dream of an oval shade bed? An alternate plan is included for the ideal organization of an island layout. Both options provide a suggested arrangement of the great plant combination, providing easy success and color all season – just the thing for those drab, dark areas of the landscape.

The above article was sponsored by Bluestone Perennials . The information contained in this article may contain ads or advertorial opinions.

A Pre-Planned Perennial Garden for Shade


Sometimes, you just don’t know what to plant in your yard. There’s so many options, and you just don’t know where to start! For a good perennial bed, you need seasonal interest, height differences, and textural changes. Sounds overwhelming, right?
Not to fear, here’s an easy garden recipe for you using unique combinations of perennials you may not have considered. This pre-planned garden is best planted in part to full shade, and is ready to dazzle all year. You will have best results with this combination of plants if you are in zones 4 through 8.

Sweet Woodruff – Galium odoratum ‘Sweet Woodruff’
Only reaching 6-12 inches tall, sweet woodruff makes the perfect groundcover for this planting. Green foliage doesn’t detract from any other plants, and instead provides an ideal foundation for any plants. Sweet woodruff spreads quickly, so don’t be afraid to pull it up when it gets into an area you don’t want it to grow. In the late spring, small sprigs of white flowers appear and bring a mildly sweet fragrance with them.

Ghost Lamium – Lamium maculatum ‘Ghost’
This plant is an incredible groundcover plant that reaches a little higher than sweet woodruff. Reaching no higher than 12 inches, Ghost lamium provides you with a pop of purple against pale foliage in the spring. Spreading up to 24 inches when fully mature, Ghost lamium will cover the ground at a moderate pace, while still providing a great foundation for the rest of the plants. You’ll also be pleased with the hardiness of this groundcover, as it will thrive in almost any given environment.

Cevennensis Lungwort – Pulmonaria longifolia ‘Cevennensis’
Don’t be put off by the name of this plant; Cevennensis lungwort is a beautiful addition to this planting. It’s long and narrow leaves have white polka-dots on them, adding a bit of playful whimsy to this garden. In the spring, Cevennensis lungwort blooms with beautiful dark purple flowers. Reaching a maximum height of 2 feet tall, and spreading slowly to approximately 3 feet wide, Cevennensis lungwort adds some interesting foliage and flowers into the mix in this garden recipe.

Sum and Substance Hosta – Hosta ‘Sum and Substance’
With it’s large golden green leaves, Sum and Substance hosta provides a lovely backdrop to other plants planted in front of it. Come summer, enjoy tall spikes of purple flowers, to carry the purple and green theme through the season. Reaching up to 3 feet tall and spreading to over 5 feet wide, adding this plant to your garden adds an impressive summer show.
Henry’s Garnet Virginia Sweetspire – Itea virginica ‘Henry’s Garnet’
To finish this planting, we include Henry’s Garnet Virginia sweetspire. This plant reaches 5 feet tall at maturity, allowing you to enjoy the appearance of the shrub without interference from other plants. Blooming with fragrant white flowers in the summer, this shrub truly shines in the fall. When all your other plants are finished with their displays, Henry’s Garnet Virginia sweetspire turns bright red that pops against the rest of the foliage. As a low-maintenance shrub, this is the perfect backdrop to the other plants included in this planting.

While it may seem that there are so many plants to choose from for your landscape, having a simple recipe card to build from certainly helps. Each of these plants will thrive in the shade, making it perfect for that spot in your landscape where you haven’t been able to get anything else to grow.

Click below to listen to my Garden Bite radio show: Pre-planned gardens

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If you’re new to gardening or if you don’t think you have an eye for garden planning, or you just don’t want to have to think about it too much; there are a LOT of tools out there to help you. Some interesting websites include one that offers you a chance to select your background scenery and roll from there. The view isn’t from above but rather head-on so you can see what will work with what you may already have. The site is called Garden Puzzle

You can choose from a multitude of their sketches or upload your own photo. When planning your perennial garden, keep in mind the hardiness zone you live in as some of these plants are for warmer climates. Also, figure out your sun/shade conditions. Garden Puzzle even has structures and surfaces to choose from including gazebos and mulches. Here’s a glimpse of some of the choices you can pick and move around on the template:

Just a few of the choices

There are also plenty of pre-planned gardens. Gardener’s Supply offers several choices for vegetable gardens. They’re also in manageable sizes for most. You can always modify the plans to suit your specific needs but these plans give you, at the very least, a starting point and at the most, a complete garden! You can relax and enjoy the planting, caring for and finally harvest of that wonderful produce.

Cooks choice garden plan

There are several sites that offer free trials. Garden Puzzle and Gardener’s Supply are free.

  • Better Homes and Gardens
  • Garden Design
  • Grow Veg
  • Plan Garden.com

There are also online nurseries that offer plans and the plants too. White Flower Farm offers plans for a butterfly garden and a shade garden.

Shade plants

American Meadows offers a number of garden plans and plants including deer resistant. While they have sold out of the plants, the plans are still there.

American Meadows deer resistant garden

FYI – I’m not endorsing any of these, just pointing you to some options! 😉 Happy Planning!

Tagged: garden plans / pre-planned gardens / vegetable garden plans

There’s always that one yard in your neighborhood, isn’t there? The one with the colorful flowers with butterflies flitting and bees buzzing.

That must be a lot of work, you think. Plus, how could you possibly know how to care for those plants?

Moving from wistful to proud is a lot easier than you think. The solution is called a pre-planned garden, or under the program started by the Center for ReSource Conservation in Boulder, it’s named Garden in a Box. The Boulder non-profit is partnering with water utilities to offer discounts on these xeric (waterwise) gardens, of mostly native plants that require less watering.

Their motive: to save precious water. Your motive: to save water and have a beautiful landscape.

Natalie Antonucci, water program manager at the Center for ReSource Conservation, says xeric plants use about 60 percent less water than a Kentucky bluegrass lawn. Last year, the program sold 3,240 gardens and this year is likely to sell 3,700 to 3,800, she says.

“Denver is the largest water utility, and they do about a third of the gardens we sell,” she adds.

Other Front Range cities also offer a $25 discount on the gardens, including Westminster, Northglenn, Golden, Centennial, Castle Rock, Fort Collins, Loveland and almost all the towns in Boulder County.

Here’s how the garden program works. Customers order the gardens online, starting March 6 at conservationcenter.org/gardens. The program includes five xeric gardens, with the number of plants ranging from 15 to 29 and the price from $104 to $149. The program includes gardens for shady areas and full sun areas, as well as one designed specifically to attract pollinators. A “Spaghetti Garden” of 30 organic vegetables is also available as is a collection of filler plants called “Xeric’s Greatest Hits.” Each garden was designed by a landscaper and comes with a planting map and detailed instructions on how to care for each plant.

The gardens usually sell out, with about one-third being sold the first couple of days, Antonucci says. After purchasing the garden, customers will be notified when the gardens have arrived (late May and early June) and can be picked up at about 16 locations (four of them in Denver).

One thing that makes pre-planned gardens such as Garden in a Box popular is that the planning work is done for the consumer.

“I hear from customers over and over again, especially those new to Colorado, how easy it is, how they don’t have to do any research on plants, don’t have to try to arrange them or (figure out) what will do well in this climate,” Antonucci says. “People are consistently impressed with how easy it is and how beautiful the gardens are.”

Provided by High Country GardensA pre-planned garden by Lauren Springer Ogden for High Country Gardens.

The center’s gardens are not the only pre-planned gardens available. Longtime lovers of western plants know the High Country Gardens catalog offers pre-planned garden collections, as well as individual plants. The company was started in Santa Fe by David Salman, one of the best-known western gardeners for finding and propagating native plants. At High Country Gardens, pre-planned gardens have long been available.

“One of the very first gardens we introduced was the Jumbo Waterwise Garden,” Salman says. He says the garden, designed by Julia Berman of Santa Fe “has stood the test of time.”

Salman says pre-planned gardens have many advantages for beginners, since the designer has knowledge of the plants’ light requirements, vulnerability to frost, size at maturity and bloom time, as well as an understanding of the principles of design.

“In pre-planned gardens, all these different variables are taken into consideration and distilled down into an easy-to-follow planting diagram to get the plants properly spaced and positioned,” he says. “There’s a lot of knowledge that went into the design … that isn’t necessarily obvious when you’re looking at the garden in the catalog or online.”

One of Salman’s favorites is the Habitat Hero garden, which is designed to attract songbirds, hummingbirds and pollinators. The garden is a collaboration between High Country Gardens, the Audubon Rockies’ Habitat Hero project and Plant Select, a non-profit joint project of Colorado State University, Denver Botanic Gardens and professional horticulturalists.

Jason Bidgood of Stapleton bought the Habitat Hero garden when he bought his home seven years ago.

“I’m slowly adding to the garden, so having a pre-planned garden is nice. I can kind of pick off a little block I want to work on,” he says. “That’s ripped up a lot of grass in my yard and converted it to garden.”

Bidgood has taken classes at Denver Botanic Gardens for about five years, but still benefited from the pre-planned Habitat Hero.

“There were plants in there I wouldn’t have picked myself,” he says. “I didn’t know about them. It’s a way for the do-it-yourselfer to get professional input.”

Updated Feb. 28, 2017 at 3: 38 p.m. The following corrected information has been added to this article: Because of a reporting error, this story originally reported that Broomfield was one of the water utilities offering discounts for using a Garden in a Box; the story has been updated to reflect the correct cities. The name of the Center for ReSource Conservation in Boulder has also been updated.

Click below to listen to my Garden Bite radio show: Pre-planned gardens

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If you’re new to gardening or if you don’t think you have an eye for garden planning, or you just don’t want to have to think about it too much; there are a LOT of tools out there to help you. Some interesting websites include one that offers you a chance to select your background scenery and roll from there. The view isn’t from above but rather head-on so you can see what will work with what you may already have. The site is called Garden Puzzle

You can choose from a multitude of their sketches or upload your own photo. When planning your perennial garden, keep in mind the hardiness zone you live in as some of these plants are for warmer climates. Also, figure out your sun/shade conditions. Garden Puzzle even has structures and surfaces to choose from including gazebos and mulches. Here’s a glimpse of some of the choices you can pick and move around on the template:

Just a few of the choices

There are also plenty of pre-planned gardens. Gardener’s Supply offers several choices for vegetable gardens. They’re also in manageable sizes for most. You can always modify the plans to suit your specific needs but these plans give you, at the very least, a starting point and at the most, a complete garden! You can relax and enjoy the planting, caring for and finally harvest of that wonderful produce.

Cooks choice garden plan

There are several sites that offer free trials. Garden Puzzle and Gardener’s Supply are free.

  • Better Homes and Gardens
  • Garden Design
  • Grow Veg
  • Plan Garden.com

There are also online nurseries that offer plans and the plants too. White Flower Farm offers plans for a butterfly garden and a shade garden.

Shade plants

American Meadows offers a number of garden plans and plants including deer resistant. While they have sold out of the plants, the plans are still there.

American Meadows deer resistant garden

FYI – I’m not endorsing any of these, just pointing you to some options! ? Happy Planning!

Tagged: garden design / garden design apps

Preplanned Perennial Gardens

Perennial Garden Plans
Planned Perennial Garden Plants

A great selection of preplanned perennial gardens, such as a butterfly garden, a hummingbird garden, shade gardens, full sun perennials. Preplanned flower gardens that bloom all season.

There is even a charming preplanned rose garden design here, that will make it easy for you to have a very nice garden of roses.

I really like these preplanned perennial gardens that will help you with designing and planting a perennial garden, either for full sun, or for a shade garden.

All these preplanned flower gardens comes with a planting diagram and detailed planting instructions.

Creating a perennial flower garden that flowers from spring through fall, can be a daunting task for many gardeners.

However, these beautiful and elegant Preplanned Perennial Gardens with very easy to grow perennials, will make it so easy for you to have a long lasting beautiful flower garden this summer.

Butterfly Preplanned Garden

If you like to attract butterflies to your garden, this preplanned butterfly garden has seven fabulous plants that are always attracting butterflies. The garden is designed for a space that’s 12 foot wide, and 8 foot deep. It’s a full sun garden with a variety of plant heights and flowering seasons, from late spring through fall. The planting area should have soils that drains well, and is sunny. Zones 4-9.

Carefree Preplanned Garden

This planned garden is for that hard to plant shady spot in your garden. The selection of perennials here will brighten up that shady area. Make sure the area drains well. Some of the perennials are fragrant, and some have intresting foilage. A nice mixture of plants that will flower from spring until fall. Zones 5-8.

Preplanned Shade Garden

A mixture fo colorful shade loving perennial flowers that can be planted under trees, or in a low light area. The soil should drain well and not be wet. These plants will even grow where grass won’t. Zones 3-9.

Preplanned Small Shade Garden

One of the more unusual preplanned prennial gardens for shady area of your garden. Its eye-catching color combination is very attractive. Plant it in part shade to full shade in well drained soil. The plants will provide color throughout the growing season. Zones 5-8.

Fragrant Preplanned Garden

Designed to fit a well drained area fo 12 feet wide and 8 feet deep. It’s a wondeful collection of the most fragrant perennial flowers that will grow in full sun or part sun. The plant height varies, bu the tallest are 5 feet high. The bloom time is from late spring through summer. Zones 4-9.

Preplanned Hummingbird Garden

If you love hummingbirds, this planned garden of vividly colorful perennials will attract lots of hummingbirds to your garden. The plant height varies, and there is even 2 hummingbird vines that bloom from summer through fall. The flower show starts in the spring with the the oriental poppies, and ends in fall with the Torch Lilies. These plants are for full sun and they need a well drained soil to grow well. Zones 4-9.

A Mailbox Preplanned Garden

The space is for a 8 feet wide and 6 feet deep garden spot. If you don’t have a mailboc on a pole, you can use an obelisk to train the blue clematis vine on. I really like the blue hardy gereniums and the Stella D’oro dwarf day lilies. Plant in full sun. Zones 4-9.

A Native Prairie Garden

A collection of drought tolerant perennials that fits a space of 12 feet wide and 7 feet deep. You’ll like the colorful purple coneflowers, the Black Eyed Susans and the Golden Sundrops. Plant in full sun and in well drained soil. Zones 4-9.

Ornamental Grass Garden

This is one of the very low maintenance preplanned perennial gardens with drought tolerant ornamental grasses. It’s fits a space about 6 feet wide and 6 feet deep. Plant in very well drained soil, and in full sun. Zones 4-9.

Perennial Sun Garden In Red

A red perennial sun garden with a great selection of flowering plants of varying heights. It will fit a space of 8 feet wide and 4 feet deep plant in full sun and in well drained soil. Zones 4-9.

Preplanned Rose Garden

This delightful preplanned rose garden includes very fragrant roses. Some are hybrid tea roses and three are climbing roses. It’s best planted along a fence or trellis. Designed to fit a a garden space that’s 12 feet wide and 9 feet deep. Plant in a spot that gets 6 hours of sun every day, and in very well drained soil.

Hope you have enjoyed these preplanned perennial gardens that offers a fool proof way to have a beautiful flower garden full of perennials, that you will enjoy for many years.

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