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Northwest Gardening: New Year, New Plans

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This is a good time to make a list of garden improvement projects to do this spring. Lowe’s Northwest gardening contributor shares her plans.

black urns leading to ivy gazebo

By Marianne Binetti

Winter is when my dream garden grows at perfection. I make a list of things to move, change, add, and subtract. Then, as my ideas take root in the fertile ground of my imagination, I finally have a perfect garden. As an added bonus I spend the long months ahead enjoying my picture-perfect transformation.

You won’t break a sweat or spend a dime making a list of new projects for the new year in your garden. Here’s what I plan to do:

  • Replant the four black urns that lead to the ivy gazebo. I’m thinking variegated boxwood clipped into balls. Funny, I never liked boxwood before, but now I am tired of the casual sprawl of grasses and groundcovers that usually spill from these urns.
pile of soil on lawn
  • Level and replant my back lawn. I already started this huge project in the fall, but there is still a pile of soil that needs spreading. Cedar roots, moles, and voles caused dips, valleys, and slopes in what was once a level surface. It is a big project long overdue, but writing it down as a goal for 2014 means I am more likely to get it done.
blue pots with yuccas
  • Divide my variegated ‘Gold Band’ yuccas. This not only gives me more yucca pups to use in dry areas but it also means the mother plant can spread out and fill the blue pots with a more formal, symmetrical look. One yucca per pot is the goal. I see a trend here—I’m leaning toward a more classic garden style. Could this be the influence of the formal gardens I recently saw in Ireland?
white gate and woodland path
  • Add more shade plants to my woodland walk. For years I appreciated the native sword fern, salal, and mahonia in this area. Now I’m thinking a splash of white from lamium, pulmonaria, and Japanese anemone would add some contrast and excitement to all the green of the native plants. Lamium, pulmonaria, and Japanese anemones are all perennials that do well in dry shade.

So what are your garden goals for 2014?

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