02 May What to Divide?
Want to divide, share, or participate in a plant exchange but don’t know where to begin? Take a look at your garden and ask yourself, “Which plants am I willing to part with?” and, “What kinds of plants am I hoping to add to my collection?” If you’re not sure how to begin this evaluation, take an inventory of your existing garden:
Is it dominated by one type of plant? If so, dividing your masses will temporarily tame the dominant species as well as free up space for new plant experimentation.
Do you always tend to garden in one style? Though you may be married to one type of garden style, consider dividing a mass to make room for an accent plant. The contrast will highlight your design intent, strengthening your concept.
Have you tried to contribute to the vitality of your garden through companion plants? Imitation is the highest form of flattery! Nature inherently designs with companion plants; now, you can too! By complementing one another through pollination, aesthetics, and improved garden health, companion plants thrive together when planted in the right places. Make room for fast friends!
Asking these questions can be eye-opening and will help you make room in your garden for new plants. Bring your potted divisions to the Members’ Plant Exchange on Saturday, May 10th and start sharing great garden plants. If you’d like to find out if other gardeners will be contributing companion plants that will complement your existing garden, simply join the conversation on the Scott Arboretum Facebook page! No matter what your gardening goals are, we can’t wait to see you on Saturday, May 10th for our 19th Annual Members’ Plant Exchange & Sale!