The Art of Gardening





I don’t know how many times I have heard people say. “I haven’t got a clue about gardening.”


The truth is that some people love to bamboozle others by making things seem more complicated than they are. There is only one rule for growing a plant: ‘You put the roots in the ground, the foliage in the air and sunlight, give it a bit of water and it grows.’ Sometimes a plant will die, then it is best to try something different in that spot.


Do not be overawed by people using latin names for plants, the plants don’t understand them either. That some people are very knowledgeable about plants and gardening can not be denied. In my experience the best gardeners don’t feel the need to shout about it, and they use words like: “This plant seems to do well here.” The difference being that they are observing and learning from the plants, not telling them what to do.


Another skill of ornamental gardening is positioning things to their best effect. To do this you put the little ones at the front and the big ones at the back. If you do it the other way around you can’t see the little ones.


Then there are the colour mixes of the leaves and flowers, which is really a matter of taste, great gardeners are really artists who use the garden as their canvas. If you look at the art world you will see that there is always a queue of critics lining up to rubbish every work of art produced. So there is no right or wrong, as long as you like your garden that’s great, not everyone will, but who cares?


Remember if you make a mistake you can always correct it. Gardening is like art drawn in pencil. Keep an eraser handy.



Don Morgan  Morgans Nursery

Stonehouse Lane, Bulkeley, Nr. Malpas, Cheshire, SY14 8BQ


Tel:01829 720514

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