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Layer Your Color

For continuous color from spring through summer, plant bulbs in layers in the same hole (on top of each other).

Dig the hole 15 inches deep and 18 inches wide. After you have removed the soil, mix in a little compost.

Place 2 inches of coarse sand in the hole first for drainage. Add 3 inches of the soil, and plant lilies as your first layer of bulbs because they will bloom last. Cover the bulbs with 2 inches of the soil.

The next layer should be daffodils, hyacinths, or alliums, and cover them with 2 inches of the soil. It is best to plant them in different spots than the lilies if you can, but they will find their way up no matter what.

The next layer should be tulips, covered with 2 inches of soil.

And, the last layer should be irises and/or crocuses because they bloom first in the season, covered with 4 inches of soil.

Add some pansies on the very top so you don't have a large bare spot in the garden.

Since you've done so much work and hope for so much color later, you may want to go one step further and add protection from moles. Before you put anything into the hole, line the bottom and sides with chicken wire. And spread chicken wire across the top before you put in the last layer of soil. can help you get ideas on colors, or even on which plants would do well in your area.

natural garden

Natural Garden

Fields of flowers in the wild do not look like most home gardens. That's because we tend to mix our flowers and our colors. And, you would not normally see one plant here and one plant there all spread out.

Try separating flowers and colors into groups. You may have six yellow daylilies in one group in the back of the garden, ten orange marigolds on the left, eight white azaleas on the right, and twelve purple pansies in the front.

moonlight garden

Moonlight Garden

A moonlight garden is one that shows up, even glows, in the light of the moon. Many white flowers and some plants with silver foliage are the best for this garden because they reflect the moonlight. But, there are also some colored flowers that glow in the moonlight. Some others to add are flowers that only bloom at night, and many of these come with a great fragrance. These bring the added bonus of attracting large and beautiful moths that you won't see in the daytime. has a great resource to let you find plants by color just for your zip code, and you can narrow the search even further by height, season, sun, etc.

garden tree

Choosing a Tree

There is so much to consider when choosing a tree for your yard. Do lots of research before you buy your tree so you will know all of its traits.

Use: What do you want the tree for? Some of your choices might be one to stay small in the garden, one to grow large and strong enough for kids to swing from someday, or one to grow large enough for a shady picnic but with a nice airy feel.

Height: How long will it take for the tree to reach the height that you hope for? Some are very slow growers and may disappoint you.

Roots: Trees with very shallow roots should not be planted close to water and sewer pipes, or you'll be repairing those pipes often. Nor should they be planted near your driveway, patio or sidewalk.

Width: A tree that will grow to 50 feet wide should not be planted less than 25 feet from your house.

Mess: Many trees will drop all of their leaves once a year. Decide if you would prefer to rake up a few very large leaves or tons of teeny leaves. Other trees have flowers or seed pods, which will end up on the ground one day.

Location: After you've decided on all the traits you want in a tree, you need to also find out if it will grow in your climate zone. Another consideration is if the tree will eventually kill all of your garden flowers and so should be planted away from them.

Allergies: Hayfever is usually from the pollen of flowers, and there are many flowering trees. But, there are also several non-flowering trees that cause people with hayfever to suffer.

The tree you choose will be with you for years and years, and some are very expensive. It bears repeating that you should do lots of research before deciding which one is right for you.

get more berries

More Berries

Elderberry shrubs produce the most berries when they can cross-pollinate. So, you will get more berries from your plants if you add a second variety instead of having just one.

See Health to learn what elderberries can do for the flu.

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