Heritage style gardens typically look as though they were planted a long time ago. Often older homes and farmsteads are graced with such gardens, filled with many old fashioned, hardy perennials and shrubs.
Although a bit harder to pull off in a new modern looking house and yard, this style of garden can still be successful. Early in your planning it is a good idea to install trellises, or a gazebo to set the stage. You might also choose to start a hedge to encase your garden or a small circular patio.
Also begin growing vines up your walls or fence to soften the straight lines of a modern house. Create full plantings in a relaxed style, leaving edges soft.
Your garden should portray an informal design with dense plantings. Use freely spreading perennials and self sowing annuals to keep the garden beds full and colourful.
Heritage plants are still very popular and for good reason. Most of them are hardy, long blooming and disease and insect resistant. They are usually easy to grow and adaptable to many different sites.
HERITAGE PLANTS TO GROW:
FOXGLOVE: Tall and stately in colours of white, yellow, pink, purple and apricot. A biennial which self seeds well, prefers moist soil and attracts hummingbirds.
GARDEN PHLOX: Tall and clump forming ranging from white to pink, red, blue-purple and lavender. Prefers sun to partial shade. Water from the base if possible to help prevent powdery mildew from forming.
LILAC: Hardy medium sized scented shrub blooming from deep purple, pale mauve and white. Used as a specimen shrub or as a hedge.
DAYLILIES: Easy to grow perennial in every colour and size imaginable. Forms nice clumps and adapts to most conditions. Great foliage after blooming has ended.
ROSES: All types, shrubs, rambling and climbing. All colours, single or double scented blooms.
PEONY: A long lived perennial the size of a small shrub. Large single or double blooms in early summer, often scented. Need at least 6 hours of sunlight per day to bloom well.
DELPHINIUM: Tall perennials which might need staking. Flowering in mid summer with yellow, pink, purple, blue or white flowers. Do not let delphiniums dry out and divide every 3 years to rejuvenate.
LUPIN: Medium to tall perennial with pea-like flowers of pink, red, blue, purple or yellow. Enjoys sun to partial shade. These are short lived perennials so add a few new plants every other year.
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