Help me! I need your advice
I’m spoiled. My job as a landscape architect has distorted my notion of how to install a garden. For years, I’ve devised grand plans for gardens and landscapes. Plants show up to the site by the thousands, and the contractor installs them over a period of a week or so, creating a dramatic and instant transformation.
Now my wife and I prepare to move into a new house. All the money went into the down payment and renovation (we essentially gutted the inside). So now, penniless, I turn to yard and wonder: how the heck do you install a grand garden for cheap? I mean, really cheap.
This spring, I will dig up several thousand square feet of lawn to create garden beds. It will take thousands of plants to create the lush, richly layered garden that I want. So I’m wondering: how the heck do you populate a garden with no money?
I’m thinking about ordering plugs from wholesale perennial nurseries, but even those cost hundreds of dollars. I guess I could grow the herbaceous perennials from seed, but the last time I did that, it took a couple of years before the plants looked like anything. And how do I do shrubs? I need a lot of screening plants. Do I buy them super small and nurse them along?
So I’m asking for your help and kind advice. Have you ever gardened on the cheap? What’s worked for you? Can I have a glorious garden without cashing in my 401k?
|This is how I'm used to plants arriving: by the truckload. |
Is there any hope for me?