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Every year, set up a string line on stakes along each bed. On the lawn side of the string, chop straight down with a sharp spade and make a little cliff, then slope the soil gradually back up toward the perennial bed. If grass grows over the cliff, you can spot it immediately and deal with it. Shown: Containers lush with purple petunias, pink geraniums, and large-leaved cannas create a low wall around Proctor's dining patio, giving the foot-square space a sense of enclosure while allowing views into the garden beyond.

A: Mix the self-sowing kind, like larkspur, California poppies, and bachelor buttons, into your perennial beds. These annuals pair well with perennials because both need little care. Put the fussy annuals, like impatiens, begonias, and pansies, in pots. That makes it easier to give them the fertilizer and frequent watering they need. Shown: Blue-leaved succulents and ornamental kale mix with flowering petunias and other plants, including a palm, on the back steps. A: That depends on your budget.

The smaller size saves money. The bigger size gives instant gratification. But remember, if you plant a big perennial, the soil around the roots will be lighter than the garden soil, so the plant will dry out more quickly. Give it extra water until the roots grow into the surrounding soil. I usually pile up soil in a berm, creating a moat that I can fill with water. A: Besides saving seeds and dividing perennials in late spring, take cuttings of annuals and tender perennials in the fall and root them in water over the winter.

I take cuttings of geraniums, high-quality impatiens, dragon-wing begonias, sweet potato vine, coleus, bloodleaf Iresine , and a new kind of oxalis called Molten Lava, with chartreuse leaves. A: Fall is old-school. We need to appreciate plants at every stage of their life cycle, whether they are looking wonderful or freeze-dried. If you leave the tops on through the winter, they help protect the crowns from freezing, and they provide habitat for birds. The more we follow nature, the better. Nature doesn't cut everything back in the fall.

So I do it in late winter or early spring. It gives you something useful to do when you are eager to garden but the soil is still too damp to dig. A: Don't use bark nuggets. They look ugly, and plants in a heavily bark-mulched garden don't grow well; they just sit there because the microorganisms that are breaking down the bark are using all the available nitrogen. The point of mulch is to shade the soil, which preserves moisture and keeps weed seeds from sprouting. So I just mulch plants with plants, placing them close enough together that they cover the ground.

I cut down the recommended spacing by 25 percent. But this probably depends on your region. In a very moist climate, you might need to follow the recommended spacing. In my drier climate, with its short growing season, plants don't attain the sizes that the labels say.

So to keep the soil covered, I need tighter spacing. A: Everything.


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People tell me they wish they could grow things like bananas or palms or lily of the Nile. I say, "Sure you can. Put the pots outside in the summer and, if the plants aren't hardy enough for your climate, bring them inside for the winter. You don't need a greenhouse—I don't have one—because the plants don't have to look good all winter. They are basically in a period of stasis—just on hold. My solution is to put them in front of every window in the house.

I also have a little back porch and a big, glassed-in front porch. I move potted plants that go dormant, such as cannas and dahlias and pineapple lilies, to a dark room in the basement. Around March, I start paying attention to my container plants. I tidy them up, water, and fertilize. Then when the weather warms, I put them outside. By summer, they are in their glory again. Shown: Caladium, with its curious, elephant's-ear leaves, tops off a container composition of foliage plants that includes lower-growing purple heart and golden Swedish ivy.

A: Don't just dig up some soil; it probably has too much clay. Use store-bought potting mix. To cut down on how much soil you need, some people suggest filling the bottom of big containers with rocks. There's a better solution: Fill the bottom third of the pot with crumpled leaves, the stuff you clean out of gutters, or other garden debris.

Add potting soil on top. Over the summer, the stuff at the bottom decomposes and enriches the soil. Shown: The house and patio are brick, so he chose patio planters in cobalt blue and filled them with begonias and other flowers in pink and magenta. A: Soil in your garden is thousands of years old, but it still grows things because it gets enriched. Treat container soil the same way. Some of mine is 30 years old, but every year I add compost.

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And every year, my container plants grow and thrive, creating a little tropical paradise around my house. Shown: The brick reappears in garden columns, which double as plant stands and provide a richly colored backdrop for bright yellow and purple blooms. Skip to main content.

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Q: What plants work in pots? Sometimes Store-Bought is Better. You will need to water new plants and container plants, though. Use a wand on a hose. That way you can rearrange pots as plants go out of bloom and you don't have to fuss with technology. I think people with watering systems spend most of their summer repairing them. And most systems turn on whether it rains or not, so they waste water.

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If you have a lot of containers, group them so that you can water efficiently. I have to containers, but they are in three main areas. Even in the hottest part of the summer, watering by hand takes at most an hour and a half every three days—and this is in Denver, where the air is very dry. Shown: Proctor delights in being able to create a lush, tropical look even in dry, high-altitude Denver.

He works this magic in a way gardeners everywhere can: by growing his zebra-striped cannas and other exotic plants in pots. Cannas die back in fall, so Proctor overwinters the rootstocks in his basement. A: I don't fertilize my perennial beds because I don't want them to get tall and floppy. For container plants, though, I feed constantly because I want plants worthy of a magazine cover. Label directions say to feed every seven to 10 days. That's not enough. I found this out when I was working on a book and needed to photograph my containers. A hailstorm smashed everything, but by feeding more often than suggested, the plants miraculously came back within three weeks.

So I recommend feeding container plants every four or five days. Early in the season, switch back and forth between a nitrogen fertilizer and one that's lower in nitrogen but higher in phosphorus and potassium to boost blooms—except for plants you're growing for their foliage. Once the plants are in flower-production mode, by mid-July, use just the flower booster, assuming the plants are the size you want.

Never fertilize when the soil is dry; it can burn some plants.

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A: If a plant dies, it's telling you something. You might want to replace it once, just to make sure the first plant wasn't damaged in some way. But if the replacement also dies, that plant clearly isn't suited to that location. Move on, and plant something else.

A: Less is better. There is a place for lawn—for walking on, for pets. But it seems that all we do is maintain lawns to make them look exactly the same. That's boring. A good strategy for gradually shifting away from too much lawn is to re-edge your beds, making them 6 inches wider each year. My lawns are strictly utilitarian, as paths and frames for the garden beds. One way to make a lawn more interesting is to plant crocus in some areas. Besides making your lawn more beautiful in spring, it will discourage you from using weed killer. A: Mow when the grass needs it, at the highest setting on the mower.

Grass that's tall shades itself and the soil, so you don't need as much water. Don't fertilize; just use a mulching mower and leave the clippings on the grass. Dig up dandelions by hand. A: Grass is so sneaky. It can get over or under any barrier. But it can't grow in air. So edge perennial beds the British way, with an 8-inch-deep trench. Every year, set up a string line on stakes along each bed.


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  • On the lawn side of the string, chop straight down with a sharp spade and make a little cliff, then slope the soil gradually back up toward the perennial bed. If grass grows over the cliff, you can spot it immediately and deal with it. Shown: Containers lush with purple petunias, pink geraniums, and large-leaved cannas create a low wall around Proctor's dining patio, giving the foot-square space a sense of enclosure while allowing views into the garden beyond.

    A: Mix the self-sowing kind, like larkspur, California poppies, and bachelor buttons, into your perennial beds. These annuals pair well with perennials because both need little care. Put the fussy annuals, like impatiens, begonias, and pansies, in pots. That makes it easier to give them the fertilizer and frequent watering they need. Shown: Blue-leaved succulents and ornamental kale mix with flowering petunias and other plants, including a palm, on the back steps.

    A: That depends on your budget. The smaller size saves money. The bigger size gives instant gratification. But remember, if you plant a big perennial, the soil around the roots will be lighter than the garden soil, so the plant will dry out more quickly. Give it extra water until the roots grow into the surrounding soil. I usually pile up soil in a berm, creating a moat that I can fill with water.

    A: Besides saving seeds and dividing perennials in late spring, take cuttings of annuals and tender perennials in the fall and root them in water over the winter. I take cuttings of geraniums, high-quality impatiens, dragon-wing begonias, sweet potato vine, coleus, bloodleaf Iresine , and a new kind of oxalis called Molten Lava, with chartreuse leaves. A: Fall is old-school. We need to appreciate plants at every stage of their life cycle, whether they are looking wonderful or freeze-dried.

    If you leave the tops on through the winter, they help protect the crowns from freezing, and they provide habitat for birds. The more we follow nature, the better. Nature doesn't cut everything back in the fall. So I do it in late winter or early spring. It gives you something useful to do when you are eager to garden but the soil is still too damp to dig. A: Don't use bark nuggets. They look ugly, and plants in a heavily bark-mulched garden don't grow well; they just sit there because the microorganisms that are breaking down the bark are using all the available nitrogen.

    The point of mulch is to shade the soil, which preserves moisture and keeps weed seeds from sprouting. So I just mulch plants with plants, placing them close enough together that they cover the ground. I cut down the recommended spacing by 25 percent. But this probably depends on your region. In a very moist climate, you might need to follow the recommended spacing. In my drier climate, with its short growing season, plants don't attain the sizes that the labels say.

    So to keep the soil covered, I need tighter spacing. A: Everything. People tell me they wish they could grow things like bananas or palms or lily of the Nile. I say, "Sure you can. Put the pots outside in the summer and, if the plants aren't hardy enough for your climate, bring them inside for the winter. You don't need a greenhouse—I don't have one—because the plants don't have to look good all winter. They are basically in a period of stasis—just on hold. My solution is to put them in front of every window in the house. I also have a little back porch and a big, glassed-in front porch.

    I move potted plants that go dormant, such as cannas and dahlias and pineapple lilies, to a dark room in the basement. Around March, I start paying attention to my container plants. I tidy them up, water, and fertilize. Then when the weather warms, I put them outside. By summer, they are in their glory again. Shown: Caladium, with its curious, elephant's-ear leaves, tops off a container composition of foliage plants that includes lower-growing purple heart and golden Swedish ivy.

    A: Don't just dig up some soil; it probably has too much clay. Use store-bought potting mix. To cut down on how much soil you need, some people suggest filling the bottom of big containers with rocks. There's a better solution: Fill the bottom third of the pot with crumpled leaves, the stuff you clean out of gutters, or other garden debris. Add potting soil on top. Over the summer, the stuff at the bottom decomposes and enriches the soil. Shown: The house and patio are brick, so he chose patio planters in cobalt blue and filled them with begonias and other flowers in pink and magenta.

    A: Soil in your garden is thousands of years old, but it still grows things because it gets enriched. Treat container soil the same way. Some of mine is 30 years old, but every year I add compost.