I know very little about plants, except that they need water and sun, some more than others. I have similar feelings about gardening and cooking - I would love to do it, but I have so little basic knowledge that I'm terrified.
I want to take the leap and learn about gardening, and there are so many experts on the subject in Eutaw. So many beautiful gardens.
As I've mentioned before, I love our yard. It has spots of bright sun; patches of deep, cool shade; interesting trees; colorful birds. It is private without needing a 6-foot-tall fence.
But it's a bit haphazard, and not in the good "artful disorganization" kind of way. There are TOO MANY overgrown hollies, too many boxwoods (which Darwin and I both hate after dealing with the massive monsters at our previous house), too many some-other-shrub-I-don't-know, even too many magnolias.
Too few of the plants I am interested in - azaleas, camellias ... basically, anything with flowers on it. It's actually kind of strange that we have no azaleas and camellias ... they are in nearly every yard in town. I wonder how our house escaped them?
Then I think if the house has made it 103 years without azaleas, maybe I shouldn't mess with tradition. Azaleas are literally everywhere around here. They're all blooming now, and there are so many different shapes and vibrant colors.
So I'm looking for other flowering perennials and/or evergreens. I fell in love with a peony at the arboretum sale. It's supposed to have white flowers with dark pink near the center. If it turns out well, maybe I will get more of them.
I also bought some herbs - sage, lavendar, catmint, corsican mint, rosemary - to plant a little herb garden. I have never planted one before and have no idea what I'm doing. Any tips from expert herb gardeners out there?
A co-worker told me herbs need lots of sun and well-drained soil. He suggested getting sand to combine with our wet clay soil and building up a little bed. Um, that sounds complicated. What have I got myself into?