Herself's Houston Garden

Conservation through cultivation

Fall cleanup time

It took a little less than 100 lawn and leaf bags, and 1 month but the gardens have been beaten back into submission for yet another year. In spring and more so in the fall I try to take the gardens from a really cool collection of plants to a fine landscaped garden.

I try to follow the basic landscape design rules for small spaces ( see below links ). This time I was lucky enough to attend a lecture by Nelson’s Water Gardens part way through my cleanup and picked up some more advice.

From Nelsons: Remove the mid range plants – keep the tall stuff, keep the low stuff, junk the middle stuff.

When in doubt I used the advice from Nelson’s and that helped.

Other new things I learned:
– Don’t let the sago go, rip those pups out immediately. The sago out front was a two day project all by itself.

Simple rules I use to cleanup
– Remove dead plants
– Remove plants that refuse to stand up straight
– Prune all trees up to 8′ high, remove all branched below that level.
– When in doubt, remove it
– Relocate any plant crowding other plants.

– Gingers can be cut back to the ground in the fall or spring if you wish
– Take photos – landscape shots, not individual plants. I find I miss lots of things that are obvious when I take some time to look at the photos on the computer.

I still have to cleanup the yaupon clusters out back, but I’m just about done with this year’s big clean up.

10 landscape design tips for small spaces
10 more design tips for small spaces

Before Last month’s pre cleaning garden shots