Green Thumb Wannabe

I am having MAJOR anxiety! We are supposed to be “planning” our landscape. I feel like there is no plan. Well, it is actually much more accurate to say that there is literally no plan. We are planning to go up to a nursery to look around at plants tomorrow, but how can we pick plants? We don’t have a plan! I don’t want to just pick some pretty things that look great in the pot, but don’t have any impact in the yard. Which, by the way, I don’t know if you read my post about my trip to Bellingrath Gardens, but my expectations are unrealistically high after visiting that place.So I am trying to think about the things that I want to be incorporated into my plan:

Perhaps I need a greenhouse? - Photo by Craig Whitehead, Cambridge Botanic Garden Hills Road Entrance, Cambridge, UK, amid home, english gardens, green thumb, gardenista, architecture, garden folly, gardening, landscape
Perhaps I need a greenhouse? – Photo by Craig Whitehead, Cambridge Botanic Garden Hills Road Entrance, Cambridge, UK

Something around the perimeter of the house and cottage, like pea gravel or something. Every time it rains, the water that falls off the roof splashes onto the dirt on the ground, and then the dirt splashes up on the side of the house. So I would like to figure out how to combat that. Gutters are not the best solution because my lot is covered in magnolias and oak trees. They drop leaves all year long, and there is no way we can keep up with keeping the gutters clean.

A gorgeous bed of green ferns for my foundation plantings? -Photo by Annie Spratt, amid home, gardenista, evergreen, landscape design, green thumb, gardener, plantspo
A gorgeous bed of green ferns for my foundation plantings? -Photo by Annie Spratt

I also want some pretty foundation plantings to make my shed and house look nestled into the landscape. Something along the lines of this:

I am convinced that the correct plant selections will make my home appear to be a castle. -Photo by Annie Spratt, amid home, Forde Abbey, Chard, United Kingdom, England, great gardens, castles, historic architecture, stone facade, reflecting pond, reflecting pool, in bloom
I am convinced that the correct plant selections will make my home appear to be a castle. -Photo by Annie Spratt

I would love to have an herb garden, although I am afraid that is going to be tough since I have a shady yard. There is one spot where I think it could work, but we will have to see…

Since my yard is extremely shady, I really want to have lots of hostas, camellias, hydrangeas, verburnum, philodendron, ferns, and azaleas. I also really love the look of elephant ears, but I was recently told that snakes like them too. So I can live without those!

I would love to have a gorgeous row of hydrangeas like these! -Photo by Annie Spratt, amid home, flower power, gardenista, green thumb, landscape design, garden, gardener, purple petals,
I would love to have a gorgeous row of hydrangeas like these! -Photo by Annie Spratt

Also, is a water feature too much to ask for? How much work exactly is involved in a koi pond?
How do I translate all of these ideas into a yard that would be photographed for the pages of Better Homes and Gardens or Martha Stewart Living!?! I swear to you I want nothing less!

Maybe something like this would work. I do live in a subtropical climate! - Photo Chris Abbey, Biltmore Park, Ashville, North Carolina, amid home, gardenista, garden design, landscape, tropical plants, palm tree paradise, philodendron, green scene, oasis
Maybe something like this would work. I do live in a subtropical climate! – Photo Chris Abbey, Biltmore Park, Ashville, North Carolina
This is the most magnificent wisteria garden I have ever seen! The smell must be heavenly. Photo - Annie Spratt, amid home, purple, ruins, garden design, landscape, pursue pretty, columns, hardscape
This is the most magnificent wisteria garden I have ever seen! The smell must be heavenly. Photo – Annie Spratt

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I'm Allison McCowan, and I live in Florida with my husband, Sean, and our dog, Clover. I am inspired by music, art, books, design, and nature. This is a place for me to share my ideas, my vibe, and my observations.

One thought on “Green Thumb Wannabe

  1. Al, you are right! The first thing you need to do is slow down! The yard will be there tomorrow. Get a plan, but even before you do that, define your needs. It sounds like your most pressing need I’d a foundation planting. Why not start with the front? Your shade is rather heavy, so hydrangeas might live there, but they probably won’t bloom much. Go for a variety of textures and use varigated foliage for interest.

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