There is something enchanting about a “Secret Garden”. I’m not referring to the book The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, but I am talking about the real, live, wonderful little hideaway gardens like the one at the charming gift shop with the same name in Pentwater Michigan. Not only is the Secret Garden shop designed in the essence of days gone by, but you are delightfully surprised when you walk out the back door into the little hide-a-way, private garden. Have you ever wanted to create an inviting garden space? Surprisingly you don’t have to have a green thumb to do it!
If you start with these 5 tips you will be well on your way to creating your very own secret garden:
- First determine the area you want to transform into your garden space. If you have a fence or shrubs on a couple of sides that is a good start. Defining the perimeter with ornamental trees, a trellis, or shrubs gives the space definition. If you do use a trellis there are a variety of vine types of flowering plants that can be trained to grow on it. Make sure the trellis is substantial and very stable. Plants become very heavy when they mature and are entwined in the trellis.
- Map out and prepare the beds that will encircle the space. Organic shapes work best. Remove all the sod, till-up the dirt, and add good soil.
- Research what plants grow well where you live. Not all plants are going to survive in different zones of the country. I find the research and planning to be half the fun!
- Taller in the back, shorter toward the front is a good rule of thumb for placing the plants. Ground cover in the front of the bed can finish off the total look. Don’t plant each specimen too close together. Remember within a couple of years the plants are going to grow and fill out.
- Add a bench, bird feeders, bird bath, water element, and charming garden art pieces to complete your secret garden haven!
Fall is a Good Time to Plan a Secret Garden
As fall approaches it is a good time to plan a secret garden that could be enjoyed next summer. The best time to get the plants in the ground is spring and fall. Don’t forget to fertilize and water your garden vegetation on a regular basis.
For additional information HGTV has an article on creating a secret garden which goes into more detail, with useful suggestions for types of plants that help create that captivating environment.
I have just enough botanical knowledge to be dangerous! With earning my gardening consultant certification and serving as past president of my local federated garden club, I put what I learned to use, dabbling in gardening. It has been wonderfully therapeutic, and rewarding. If you have any gardening questions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to help you in any way I can. Happy planting!