Need some inspiration for your next landscaping project? Here are some quick and easy ways to make your space a little greener!
Planting annuals is a great way to add some lasting bursts of colour to your garden! Annuals typically flower for longer than perennials, so although they only stick around for one season, you get to enjoy their blooms for a long time!
Some of the most popular annuals are Begonias, Gernaiums, and Petunias!
Tip: “Deadheading” (chopping off spent blooms) your annuals will not only keep them looking fresh, but will also encourage new blooms to grow!
Perennials are a garden staple – and for good reason! These plants tend to be more cold-hardy than their annual counterparts, so they will stick around through the winter and greet you again in the spring!
Planting perennials that are native to your area is a fantastic way to make your garden appealing to very important pollinators, such as bees and butterflies. Peonies, Hydrangeas, Purple Coneflowers, and Hostas are just a few of the popular perennials you’ll find in local gardens!
Tip: Most perennials require less water once they’re established, so they can be a good option for those living in more drought-prone areas.
Edible landscaping, that is, incorporating plants you can eat into your garden, is a great way to improve our connection to our food.
You don’t have to be an experienced farmer to successfully incorporate some delicious food into your garden! There are many great options for fruits and vegetables that are easy to grow, or you can even incorporate a simple herb garden into your landscaping plans!
Tip: Consider using raised beds in your landscaping to house any edible plants you wish to grow!
Evergreens, perhaps not surprisingly, get their names from their ability to typically hang on to their foliage year-round. Evergreens can be a great choice if you’re looking to add a tree to your yard – just be sure to do your research first! There are many types of Evergreens and you want to select the best one for your growing conditions.
Tip: Be sure to consider how fast the tree will grow when selecting and Evergreen for your yard. Are you happy with something that may take years and years to get tall, or are you looking for something a little speedier? If you’re unsure, you can always ask us – we’d be happy to help!
Ornamental grasses continue to be a popular choice for landscaping, as their low-maintenance beauty adds beautiful texture and movement to a landscape. From soft pinks and purples to bright greens, there is a wide variety of ornamental grasses available to suit a range of climates and growing conditions.
Tip: Pair ornamental grasses with some hardy, native perennials as they are natural companions!
Shrubs are a fantastic way to add privacy to your garden! Many can also add some colour to your landscape with gorgeous blooms throughout the summer.
Hydrangeas are one of the most popular deciduous shrubs around – check out our Hydrangea blooming guide for some tips on when to prune and where to expect new blooms.
Tip: Avoid pruning or fertilizing shrubs after August 1st, as this promotes new growth which will freeze off in the winter resulting in death of the plant.
Roses, a staple for romance and, for many, also a garden staple too! There is a huge variety of colours when it comes to roses – you’ll find it tough to make a decision!
Tip: Use a proper Rose fertilizer for best results and don’t splash water on the leaves. Roses are heavy feeders and require a water soluble fertilizer like PEI fish fertilizer every three weeks. Always make sure that the liquid goes right to the root.
If you’re looking to really step up your landscaping game this year, then a water garden might be the right option for you! Water gardens add a certain serenity to a landscape; the sound of flowing water tends to inspire a sense of peace and relaxation.
If you’re looking to get started with water gardens, have a look at our water garden guide to get started. Once you feel comfortable, you can start to think about what water plants you might want to incorporate into your new aquatic space!
As always, if you’d like some help, the staff at the Village Nursery are always happy to guide you!