the Webmaster: Wren's Garden
Do not order
plants & flowers from mail-order catalogs
unless you know exactly what you are buying and
you are sure it is compatible with your soil and
climate. The best place to buy from is your local
nursery. I have found that catalogs promise you
that everything they sell will flourish in your
garden and only 10% of it actually will.
water. The main reason most
plants and flowers do not succeed is improper
watering. Best thing to do is to get on some kind
of regular schedule. Except for the hottest times
of the summer, most outdoor gardens only need
watering once a week (even less if it has
mulch. This is what
maintains all the moisture in your garden so that
all of your watering efforts are not wasted. I
prefer pine bark mulch. It is very inexpensive
and is one of the best things you can do to
insure your garden's success. Use it generously
(2-3 inches) and everywhere, replenishing it once
or twice a year.
to the sun needs of your plants.
Plants that require "full sun" must
have at least 6 hours of full sun each day.
Without this, they will not flower as expected
and are prone to disease. The majority of plants
and flowers will work just fine in part sun/part
shade. Getting color in a totally shaded area is
very tricky. Your best bet is to go with colorful
plants such as caladiums, ferns and hosta.