Laidback Gardener Tip of the Day

Make Life Easy:
Choose a Shrub that Fits Your Space

octobre 17Why prune again and again to keep a shrub in check? It is so much easier to simply choose a shrub that will naturally fit into the space you have available and then let it grow. For example, if you are looking for a foundation shrub to be placed in front of a window 5 ft (1.5 m) above the ground in a bed 4 ft (1.2 m wide), why choose a shrub that will reach 9 feet (3 m) high and 9 ft (3 m) wide? You’ll have to spend the rest of your life trying to keep it under control. It would have been so much easier to choose a shrub that will naturally reach 5 ft (1.5 m) x 4 ft (1.2 m) or less. When you use a shrub of appropriate dimensions, you can simply plant it and let it grow.

This sounds so obvious that you’d think every home gardener would do exactly that, but in fact, you’ll see an awful lot of gardeners hacking away at overgrown shrubs every single year!

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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