“There is nothing more boring than plants.” I vividly remember saying these words in college to a friend. I was a biology major at the time, and was trying to put off taking the course Biology of Plants as long as possible. As a kid, I had a single aloe vera plant I barely kept alive by watering it once every month or two. Can you relate?
But everything changed when Danny and I bought our first house. The weed-filled small area across the front of the house with scraggly bushes was NOT going to work with my Enneagram 1 personality. I needed order. I needed practical. I needed a little beauty with VERY little maintenece. And I had no idea where to begin.
Thankfully Stephanie, one of my dear friends and a very talented gardener, stepped in to help guide me through the process of choosing plants that would come back every year and showed me how to put together a flower garden that looked beautiful in all four seasons. I spent the summer building a retaining wall for our garden, selecting plants I loved, and finally putting them all in the ground. It was hot, and sometimes hard work. But it was SO GOOD.
I discovered that putting together a beautiful flower bed was rewarding. It brought me joy every time I drove up to our house and saw some of my favorite plants with beautiful blooms. And most of all, I discovered that it isn’t an overwhelming process that only a professional or talented gardener can accomplish. It’s something anyone can do, if they follow a few simple steps and are willing to get some dirt under their fingernails (or wear gardening gloves!).
In the following years, that first garden flourished. I was amazed at the transformation from the barren to beautiful and my transformation from a confused to confident gardener. I went on to add three more flower beds around our house (mostly to problem areas I didn’t like to mow, haha!) before we moved.
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Now, I’m always looking for new garden inspiration, and I enjoy helping friends and family use the same steps I learned from Stephanie to create their own beautiful gardens. Being outside always does my soul good, and having the ability to create a beautiful space that I will enjoy for years to come is now one of my favorite hobbies!
Do you feel like you’re garden challenged? What is the part that is the biggest hurdle or challenge you face getting started or finishing your landscape?