If you want to give your landscape unique and colorful character, consider creating a few pocket gardens throughout your yard. These are tiny gardens that are completely filled with flowers and surrounded by ornamental fences to separate them from the rest of your landscape. You can plant one pocket garden or several, depending on the size of your yard and your preferences. This guide will show you how:
Step 1: Excavating and preparing the soil.
Since pocket gardens are hard to get in and out of, due to their small size, it's easiest to prepare the soil before you have the fence installed. Decide how large you want your pocket garden to be. Generally, a 10 - 12 foot diameter is ideal for a round pocket garden. A 6 - 8 foot length and width is perfect for a square pocket garden.
To prepare the soil, use a hoe or rotary tiller to dig up the grass. Then, bring in clean fill dirt to build up the soil. You'll want the soil in the garden to be noticeably higher than that of the surrounding area. You can add compost or manure to the soil to enrich it. Spray the area with a broad leaf weed killer. By the time you plant the garden a week or two later, the weed killer will have dissipated.
Step 2: Installing the fence.
Once your soil has dissipated, you can have your fence installed around the pocket garden. Most people choose low, 2 or 3-foot fences for their pocket gardens, since then they can get into the garden by stepping over it rather than having to install a gate. If you do like the look of a taller fence, ask your fencing contractor to install a little gate towards the back of the garden. You won't need to actually get into the garden often once it's planted, since the idea is to completely stuff it with flowers, but you will need to get in there periodically to weed and add new flowers.
Wrought iron fencing tends to be a good choice for pocket gardens, since it has an ornate appearance and is very durable. For a more rustic look, a vinyl or wood picket fence will work, too.
Step 3: Planting the flowers.
Once your fence is in place, it's time to plant. Choose flowers that grow tall, as they will make your garden look full and luxurious. Perennials are ideal, since they come back year after year. Some great flowers to consider planting include:
- Bear's Breeches
- Common Monkshoot
- Japanese Anemone
Plant the flowers closely together so that as they grow, the garden appears to be stuffed with flowers. Water your pocket garden regularly, and fertilize it every couple of months to keep the blooms bright. You'll love the ornate look that the combination of flowers and fencing adds to your yard.
For more information on ornamental fencing, contact a professional like Carter Fence.