Watch It Again: Ask This Old House garden ideas
Spring inspiration for making the most of your outdoor space
At this time of year, many homeowners are yearning to get outdoors.
In Season 14, Episode 19 of AskTOH, TOH landscape contractor Roger Cook tells TOH host Kevin O’Connor about three key trends:
- outdoor rooms—to get you outside and enjoying your space
- plants you can eat, rather than ornamental plants you just enjoy looking at
- wildlife gardens
“Everyone is into attracting birds and bees to the garden; the kids can go out there and watch them, and it’s really interesting,” says Roger.
TOH landscape designer Jenn Nawada helps a homeowner in Washington, D.C., plant a wildlife garden to attract birds and other pollinators. “Aim for different textures and heights, starting tall in the back and graduating toward the front, with many colorful plants that are going to attract bees and butterflies,” says Jenn.
Using native perennials and native shrubs, she creates planting beds filled with choices that will attract bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other birds—all while creating pops of multi-seasonal color and lush foliage. Since the homeowner is a first-time gardener, the plan also addresses a manageable area for gardening and an affordable budget.
During the episode, Jenn and a local landscaper take the homeowner through the basics of planting, with good tips for creating the right-size hole, filling it, adding mulch, and watering. Adds Jenn: “Using lots of perennials is key for a first-time gardener, so she won’t have to buy annuals every year, and instead can wait and see how things grow and add what she wants over time.”