Posted in 2017, Front Border Garden, Planning and Design

A Modest Plan

The genesis for creating a true border garden in front of the house was when we had our home listed for sale for a short while between October of 2016 through March of this year. While we didn’t have enough prospective buyers to get much feedback, one person’s comment struck a chord: “I expected to see some shrubs and flowers out front.”

I realized we needed help to create a nice look that also fit in with our location in the middle of a forest! It had me flummoxed for awhile. I’ve never hired any sort of professional for a landscaping or gardening project and was intimidated by the idea. Finally, I contacted a local nursery — Floral Tree Gardens — that’s been here since before the dawn of time, a good family-run operation, and explained my dilemma. Wonder of wonders, they didn’t seem to think it strange at all, and shortly I had an appointment with Tena, a member of their family to come out, take a look, and make us a drawing.


This little piece of paper turned into a tremendous help, even though Buck and I didn’t follow all of her recommendations, and opted to do the work ourselves. For example, we wound up with four globosa nana cryptomeria (Tena inadvertently called them arborvitae), but no lorepetalums. More on that later.

Bottom line: Inexpensive help is available. Being intimidated by the process (as I was for years) was unfortunate. Now I feel totally comfortable going to the nursery, snagging a golf cart and browsing the acres of wonderful plants. It doesn’t matter whether I come away with four shrubs or two flax lilies or simply some fresh ideas, snapped with my trusty phone camera; the folks are friendly and helpful.



Living with my man and my dog in a Longleaf pine forest on Florida's Gulf coast. Cast iron head. Sweet potato pie heart.

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