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Manage Difficult Perennial Planting Sites with the Use of Planting Pockets

By chelle
June 15, 2013

Are your dreams of a yard packed with perennials hampered by difficult potential planting sites? Establish strong and healthy plants by utilizing planting pockets.

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plantladylin
Jun 13, 2013 6:05 PM CST
Chelle: What a great article and tutorial with wonderful information that is sure to come in handy for many of us! Your hard work is evident in your beautiful garden!
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Jun 14, 2013 6:27 PM CST
Thanks! Chelle!
This is an article that I will come back to, as it has so many good ideas which I can use.
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chelle
Jun 14, 2013 7:48 PM CST
Lin and Caroline, I'm glad you liked it and found it useful.

Slopes with trees and seasonal clay swamps are what we have the most of for our flower gardens, so a way had to be found to make them productive. Everything else I've tried washes away...one way or another. These actually work! Big Grin


Here's the featured new bed with the first phase complete. Big hostas and another fern have been added. Now I just need to add a few pockets of shade-loving annuals or dainty perennials to balance it out. Smiling

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Oh, and maybe one more smaller hosta; front and to the right. Whistling
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flaflwrgrl
Jun 14, 2013 8:29 PM CST
You figured it all out! Perfect. I like the way you think chelle. Thumbs up I can see that I can utilize some of this. This is the first time I've had to deal with planting on slopes so this tutorial is timely & informative. Thank you! Now, can you just tell me what you do to prevent your body from rebelling at standing, stooping, sitting, digging on a slope? Hilarious!
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Marilyn
Jun 14, 2013 8:35 PM CST
plantladylin said:Chelle: What a great article and tutorial with wonderful information that is sure to come in handy for many of us! Your hard work is evident in your beautiful garden!


I agree

Excellent!!! Thank you! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up

I have slopes in my yard and this is all very valuable advice for me! nodding

Thanks for doing this article and providing the step by step pics!

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Jun 14, 2013 8:37 PM CST
flaflwrgrl said:You figured it all out! Perfect. I like the way you think chelle. Thumbs up I can see that I can utilize some of this. This is the first time I've had to deal with planting on slopes so this tutorial is timely & informative. Thank you! Now, can you just tell me what you do to prevent your body from rebelling at standing, stooping, sitting, digging on a slope? Hilarious!


I agree Thumbs up I'm all ears!

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chelle
Jun 14, 2013 9:13 PM CST
flaflwrgrl said: Now, can you just tell me what you do to prevent your body from rebelling at standing, stooping, sitting, digging on a slope? Hilarious!


Standing: can't help ya, my calves were screaming at me the day after! Hilarious! Stoop uphill, the distance to the ground is less. Big Grin Both stooping and digging are considerably less by using planting pockets...you usually only dig half as much. Sitting? Do it often! Rolling on the floor laughing





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flaflwrgrl
Jun 15, 2013 6:10 AM CST
Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
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goldfinch4
Jun 15, 2013 6:15 AM CST
Good article Chelle. I don't have slopes (at the present time), but still appreciate the valuable information you shared here. Your gardens are beautiful!
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mom2goldens
Jun 15, 2013 8:38 AM CST
Great article, CHelle. I struggle a lot with tree roots, so I found your photo tutorial really helpful. Thank you.

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chelle
Jun 16, 2013 6:57 AM CST
I tip my hat to you.


One of the greatest challenges here was to get new plants growing well under thirsty, high-rooted river birch, planted on a slope. The north side wasn't too terribly tough, we have a nice stand of hosta growing well there, but the south-facing and sloping side is taking some time. Lots of trial and error involved. So far I've found that even with the use of planting pockets, only the most drought/sun tolerant annuals and perennials will work on that side. Spring bulbs do just fine.
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gardengus
Jun 16, 2013 12:58 PM CST
I love the idea and the pocket is a good way to recognize the newly planted and give them some extra attention Thumbs up
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