Jan Johnsen, the Westchester-based celebrity landscape artist and author of the new book, Floratopia: Flower Garden Ideas for Yard, Patio, or Balcony, shares timely tips on how to create the perfect garden.
Add flowers in planters by your front walkway or even-placed within the plant bed. Add a bench and several planters. Use different-size planters to vary the display.
Stick with easy-care classics, like traditional red geraniums. They make quite a show, especially when you pot several matching planters. A dilute solution of liquid fertilizer every three weeks in spring and summer helps the show continue. Don’t overwater!
Spillers make the difference. Hanging foliage adds interest and is effective both in pots and window boxes. The eye-catching “Silver Falls” Dichondra looks great with pink flowers. Also, try the yellow “Creeping Jenny” Lysimachia.
Deer-resistant and evergreen hellebore is a perennial flower that is long-lived. The foliage is as great as the early-spring flowers. Float the blossoms on water for a great display.
Got part shade? Plant large groups of deer-resistant Astilbe for a mass effect. More is better when it comes to this perennial. Add ferns for a great effect.
Jewel-toned pink flowers look great with the fall-blooming Sedum known as “Autumn Joy.” Kids think the flowers look like broccoli before they turn pink in late summer.