pocket gardenApril is the best month to weed, feed and add plants to your perennial or shrub borders. As soon as your garden beds are weed-free and ready to plant, you must think of grouping similar plants together to create your own “pocket garden”.

Pocket Gardening is really simple as it is actually just grouping plants together to grow. There are several other ideas that you may also evolve for such grouping and pocket gardening.

How to Include Pocket Garden in Landscape

Pocket garden is a compact composition of plants grouped in specific areas in your garden. It may be near the front door like a “welcome pocket garden” or along a perimeter fence, the “border pocket garden” or under the shade of a large tree, a “pocket garden for woodland” or “shade loving plants pocket”.

With a pre-selected garden theme, you may also add a pocket of color to your landscape. This could be an “all-white garden in the shade”, a “garden of heritage vegetables” in a sunny bed or a “miniature fairy garden” that fits in a small space — such as on top of a stump.

How to Choose Plants for a Pocket Garden

First you need to decide on your pocket garden theme. Then you also decide the specific pocket in and around your home garden. It could be a “fragrance garden near the patio” for instance.

Now you apply all your pocket planting ideas by picking one plant as the focal point and go on adding more plants to your collection by grouping plants around the main specimen.

Pocket Garden Themes and Planting Tips

Fragrance Pocket Garden

It would be a tall lilac as the focal point plant and subsequently more fragrant plants would be added to the pocket like daphne, viburnums, or sweet box as medium sized shrubs and low growing but sweet smelling hyacinths, heliotrope, petunias and alyssum to fill in at ground level. A fragrant pocket garden could also work in a large container by using only the smaller annual plants and omitting the shrubs.

Shade Pocket Garden

Plants with bold foliage and white or cream markings on the leaves tend to create a striking pocket garden in the shade.

Normally, hostas, ferns and astilbe are preferred perennials for the shade and white blooming annual flowers such as begonias, lobelias and impatiens will add to a shaded pocket planting that will light up those dark areas of the landscape.

The evergreen foliage plant called Japanese Aralia or Fastia japonica has large, pointed, tropical-looking leaves. This Japanese shrub will survive even in dry, dark shade. You could like to use the shiny green foliage as your backdrop to display colorful coleus in pots and add golden lamium as a groundcover plant. This could also be your “pocket garden with jungle fever”.

Sedum Pocket Garden

Sedums and succulents are plants that store water in their plump leaves and they add texture and color to areas with good drainage and lots of sun. A comprehensive pocket full of sedums in a dry area of the landscape will add a different look to your garden. You may also use a large boulder as a focal point for your sedum pocket garden and the smooth texture of the rock will help showcase the interesting shapes of the succulents.

Imagine grouping dark purple heucheras and black mondo grass together for a gothic display or collecting different types of primroses to group together under the skirts of a rhododendron.

Plants love to grow in great companionship and this way plants also look better and happily when placed in pockets.

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