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to plant organically so the polli-
nators have a safe food supply.
Various flowering perennials
also support neighborhood
pollinators and make a lovely
seasonal contribution to
a front walkway or con-
tainer garden. Great
include alyssum, as-
ter, bee balm, bor-
age, fennel, gold-
marigold, oregano, pur-
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ple cone;ower, scabiosa, sun;ower, ver-
bena, yarrow and zinnia.
Woodland gardens are typically grown
in full shade and include trees. Shaded
woodland gardening is virtually impossible
in a full-sun, arid area because woodland
plants often need cool, moist conditions.
Planting native trees, understory shrubs,
woodland plants or shade-loving perennials can add to the beauty of a garden path or
view from a window.
Plant taller trees and shrubs at the
back of a garden area, with shorter ;owering and low-growing plants near the front
for better viewing. Traditional garden ;ora
for moist shade landscapes include bleeding hearts, columbine, daffodils, false
goat’s beard, ferns, hosta, hydrangea, ivy,
Japanese maple, rhododendron, viburnum and violet.
Scented gardens can be therapeutic as
well as deliciously inviting. The two primary types of scent gardens are lightly
scented and heavily scented.
Lightly scented gardens support people who are sensitive to strong smells due
to cancer treatments, sinus problems or
severe allergies. Lightly scented plants
include begonia, impatiens, pansy, parsley, strawberry, sun;ower, violet and zinnia. Heavily scented and aromatic plants
are especially bene;cial to the elderly or
anyone with reduced smelling function;
they include basil, gardenia, hyacinth, iris,
lily of the valley, marigold, mint, oregano,
roses, rosemary, sage, sweet alyssum,
sweet pea and tuberose.
Xeriscape gardens are landscapes that
focus on water conservation. While this
technique is commonly used in arid and
semiarid climates, it can also be used in
water-rich climates to save watering time
with living walls, raised beds and con-
tainer gardens. Whether your garden is
suffering drought or you simply want to
save money and time when watering, xeri-
scaping is a smart way to be environmen-
Have your soil tested to ;nd out if it’s
dry or barren, then amend your soil to help
it retain moisture. Reduce turfgrass, as it
requires heavy watering. Mulch your
plants to help retain water. Group plants
according to similar watering requirements. Choose xeric plants based on your
garden zone’s rain, sun and heat conditions. By and large, select slow-growing,
drought-tolerant plants such as succulents, native grasses and drought- resistant perennials for these gardens.
Lifestyles have changed, and it has
become a passion to eat healthier food, live
a cleaner lifestyle and discover your connection to nature, not for your garden’s
sake, but for your own salvation. Gardening
innovations and guides abound, making it
easier to beautify the world, change your
environment and feel wonderful. C
Costco member Shawna Coronado’s
( shawnacoronado.com) latest book is The
Wellness Garden: Grow, Eat, and Walk
Your Way to Better Health (Cool Springs
Press 2017; not available at Costco).