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Old July 15th, 2010, 01:08 PM   #1
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Zen garden project

In this Zen Garden Project, all of the future maintenance is taken into account during the planning stage. This will insure that the work required for up-keep will be minimal. Your goal is to plan and plant in such a way as to allow for the natural growth to enhance the beauty of this garden year after year. The placement of this garden on your property is the first consideration. If you place the garden in the front area of your home, you should do so in a way that will increase the curb appeal of your property. In order to do this you plant so that, from the street, all that is showing of the zen-garden is the contrasting choices of plants and flowers. However, the seating is blocked from view. It should be better a side or rear garden project will add an element of surprise to your property. Now that you have decided where the garden will be planted, you are ready to start the selection of plants, trees and shrubs. Do this only on paper at this point. Make a list of the plants that fit the following criteria.
Trees: You choose the trees based on three main considerations. First you must choose, from local nurseries, trees that are native to your climate. Next you should choose trees that, when full grown, will be no taller than twenty five feet. Most of the non citrus fruit trees will be within this range. Thirdly, you must choose for year round color.

Shrubs: The shrubs you pick need to be locally grown. They need to be healthy shrubs in five gallon containers. Choose shrubs that will grow to no more than three fourths the height of your trees. Shrubs may be trimmed, but we want to allow for natural growth in this project. The shrubs you choose should be of a contrasting color to the trees in the garden.

Flowers: Next you will want to decide on the flowers to be planted. You want contrast in the color of greenery as well as height and and texture of the foliage. The color of the blossoms should be color that not only go well with the colors on the house, but color that also look good on you.
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