The third week in April is a good time to weed, feed and add plants to your perennial or shrub borders. Every weed you pull in April can mean thousands fewer weeds seeds to deal with during the summer. Once you have your beds weed-free and ready to plant, consider grouping like plants together to create theme or pocket gardens.
PLACING POCKET GARDENS IN THE LANDSCAPE
Just as a pocket is added to a small area on an item of clothing, pocket gardens are compact compositions of plants grouped in areas such as near the front door (the Welcome pocket garden) along a perimeter fence (the border pocket garden) or under the shade of a large tree (a pocket garden for woodland or shade-loving plants.) You can also add a pocket of color to your landscape by choosing a theme, such as an all-white garden in the shade, a garden of heritage vegetables in a sunny bed or a miniature fairy garden that fits in a small sliver of space — such as on top of a stump.
CHOOSING PLANTS FOR A POCKET GARDEN
Once you decide on a theme — let’s say a fragrance garden near the patio, jump-start your pocket planting ideas by picking one plant as the focal point and just keep adding to your collection by grouping more plants around the main specimen.
THEMES AND PLANTING IDEAS
Pocket gardening can be as simple as grouping dark purple heucheras and black mondo grass together for a gothic display or collecting different types of primroses to group together under the skirts of a rhododendron. Plants like company — and they will look better and grow happily when placed in pockets of space to form convivial groups.