The Right Plant In The Right Place

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Learn why the right spot for each plant is essential in its development in this free video clip on perennial gardening. View Video Transcript

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Scott Reil

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Hi, I'm Scott Reil and on behalf of ExpertVillage.com I'd like to talk to you about perennial gardens. One of the biggest considerations when you're putting in your perennial garden is right plant, right place. I remember once talking with a friend of mine, she'll remain nameless, she wanted peonies in her yard, but her yard was a shade garden. It was huge, tall oaks that shaded everything. She had beautiful wild ferns and even wild lady slipper orchids popping up in her yard but she wanted peonies. I tried to talk her out of it but I came down the driveway one day to find her cutting down the oak tree so she would have the sun for her peonies. It still wasn't enough sun for peonies, they never did well and all the wild plants in her yard kind of disappeared. So it's a real shame. Don't try to force it. Use the right plant in the right place, that's going to make your garden more successful. Out here in the sunnier part of the border, it's a little shaded now but we're getting later in the afternoon, I've used plants that like that hot, dry, baking sun. Plants that are really gonna thrive in that kind of a situation. Plants like napata, plants like asthers, veronicas, and clemitis all really thrive in these full sun situations and they're really gonna jump out to the front and do a great job for me. But, they're the right plant for a sunny place. What if we're in the shade? In a shadier situation there's a whole different palate of plants. A whole different way to think about things. In the shade situation flowers aren't as plentiful as they are in that sunny situation so we have to start thinking about things in a little bit of a different way. What are the foliage colors in contrast that I can get that are still gonna give me a great garden look. And here in this situation, I've used one of my favorite plants, hostas. Now this is a mix of hostas and in some ways it's a hosta collection garden but you can see that I've contrasted the hostas with ferns. Ferns have a lighter, airier feel contrasted with that big, solid leaf on the hosta and there's so many shapes and colors both in the hostas and the ferns that I can get lots of different looks. Contrasting it again with something solid, a bigger shrub, that's going to give some presence to the garden even in winter is a great way for me to get 365 days a year out of this garden. So remember, when you're doing a perennial garden, perennial plants shouldn't be the only part of the perennial garden. Other deciduous and evergreen plants are gonna give you a presence throughout the year.