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Side Gardens

Long, narrow spaces at the side of a home or outbuilding are usually designated to sidewalks and fences and rendered quite useless to gardening. Dependant on exposure, these supposidly inept pieces of land are ether too shady, too windy, too cold, too hot, too dry and on top of all that, they are also considered too difficult to maintain. Not so! With a little planning, they will present you with an edible feast, blazes of color and even a quiet retreat.

If the space is not considered an opportune site to produce any type of garden it can still provide a prime storage location. Landscape fabric covered with gravel will keep weeding to a minimum and offer a base to stack firewood, house your composting bins or possibly your cold frames. A small garden shed will usually fit into this area to house tools and outdoor furniture.

Even under dire conditions a decission to cultivate this side area can give pleasing results. To ensure your plants have a chance to thrive in this space, give the soil a boost by working in compost, peat moss, coarse sand or vermiculite.

To make life less complicated once your plants are flourishing, now is the time to bury irrigation pipe or soaker hoses under the mulch to make watering easier. Consider planting shrubs at one end if wind is a problem.

Birdbaths and fountains can enhance a side garden. What to plant? Being that this part of your garden will have varying degrees of moisture and heat, it is recommended to make some notes regarding these weather factors. If the area is protected by a fence or a neighbors house, these too will be considerations when deciding what to plant. If planned carefully, this area will flurish.

Cactus and grasses thrive in desertlike conditions.
A hot, sunny, dry spot is perfect for a desertlike display. Choose plants that thrive in this environment such as cactus, silver-leaved sage, tough grasses, luscious sedum or native flowers. Accent the space with arrangements of rocks, gravel or driftwoods.

Cool, shaded side gardens give the gardener the opportunity to be more creative with foliage. Plants that will do well in these locations are hostas, ferns, violets, columbine, lily of the valley and mint.

Using deep mulches, paving stones or piles of rocks to keep roots of vines cool gives another alternative to planting in this area. Virginia Creeper and Hops and other vines will grow in a side garden.

Vines that will add color as well as cooling house walls in summer are Virginia creeper, honeysuckle, hops, clematis and bittersweet. Remember to support the vines with a trellis or netting.

The typical side garden no longer needs to be baren trail to the back yard. Edge the footpath with mossy saxifrage, spring bulbs, lettuce and chicory. Planting creeping thyme and fragrant mints between a flagstone pathway will produce a wonderful aroma when stepped on while making your way down the garden path.

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