The Charmed Garden

From Planning to Planting, and from Harvest to Table.

Good Garden Feels All Year Round

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We garden and appreciate gardens for the way it makes us feel. The Beauty in the Garden comes not just from the colors of the Spring or Summer, nor from the edible bounty.  Texture in the garden is overlooked when it is filled with the lush, rich colors and aroma during our growing seasons.


Our pollinator garden beds at the Oak Lawn Community Garden are a really good example of how even small can be mighty all year long.   I designed the beds this Spring using natives, peat moss, and mushroom compost because this was some seriously messed up soil.  A Planting Plan was created, layering the plants with the largest in the middle, surrounded by successively smaller plants, creating a cascading effect. This works beautifully in the garden all year round.  The edging reinforces the curvilinear butterfly shape of the beds, which can put a smile on your face even in the grey gloom of a snow-less winter.

Gardeners are always planing for the next season. The Winter is no exception. In fact Winter is an excellent time to create a design and/or planting plan. Re-think the way you view the surrounding landscapes. See the garden with an eye towards structure and texture. These are the design principles that will give you the happy garden feels when the gardens sleeps for the winter.



This entrance to the Lake Katherine gardens is still gorgeous even in winter.


Author: Laurine M. Byrne

I received my certification as a Landscape Designer from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois and I received my horticulture education through classes at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois and through the master gardener program at Univ of Illinois Extension. In my designs, I love mixing veggies and herbs with native perennials and flowering bushes as you can see from the pictures of my own yard. I love creating gardens for people who like to garden, not just installing traditional landscaping, but actually creating gardens that the homeowner connects to personally. I love that my clients who thought they couldn't grow anything now have green thumbs, because all it takes is the right plant in the right site. And I really love that my clients become my friends in the process of creating their gardens.

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