Long Division (landscape design-wise)

landscape design

Garden math

In a matter of weeks you can begin adding plants to your landscape design for free…yes free! Often when I visit a new client’s home, I will point to hostas, astilbes, echinacea (coneflowers), irises, and more plants and explain that by dividing perennials, they can have at least 10, sometimes 20 free plants. While hostas require some muscle and a very sharp saw or knife, most other perennials can be split apart like pieces of pizza. In one client’s garden we started with five white astilbes, and now they’re a mass of white surrounded by boulders and maidenhair and Japanese painted ferns.