Installing an Island Garden is doable in one day. Here I will show you step by step how to create a beautiful Garden that will remain weed free for seasons to come.
My very first Island Garden. Plants consist of, a Purple Smoke Tree, Stella d’Oro Day Lilies, a Canna, Elephant Ears, Castor Beans, Dinner-plate Hibiscus a Banana Tree, Indian Summer Rudbeckia, and Petunias. The mix of perennials, tropicals, and annuals give it an Island “feel.”
I also placed an Island Garden under an existing Yellow Birch. This Garden has shade plants. Hosta, two different varieties of Liriope, Coral Bells, and Golden Vinca as a ground cover.
Last Summer I installed an Island Garden for the Brown’s…
When creating an Island Garden, first you need to chose your location. The location we chose spans the length between the two trees. Using a Landscape calculator, determine your square footage. This Garden is about 300 sq feet. Chose your plants according to the site.
We then laid a garden hose to find the shape we liked…and placed the plants where we wanted them. This will allow you to move things around until you like what you see.
And this would be Mr Brown chopping down a Silver Maple to make way for the Royal Purple Smoketree….
Next step is putting in the plants. Dig your holes 1 1/2 times the size of your pots. Add amendments to the holes and put the plants in. Then cover the entire area with a thick mat of newspaper or cardboard. No need to remove the sod.
We then applied a 4″ thick layer of Natural Mulch.
Mike the Mulchman! Even in the sweltering heat, Mike kept at it.
Only this much to go…
Done! One day, 3 people…Rewards, forever….
Our reward for a job well done…. 98º, lucky for us the humidity was low….
The Island Garden we planted is full sun, except under the Japenese Maple.
Royal Purple Smoketree
Our choice for the middle of the Garden
2 Hybiscus, Cardials Cherry Brandy
2 Dwarf Crapemyrtle, Cherry Dazzle
1 Summersweet, Vanilla Spice
The flowers planted around the edge are to soften the “shoreline”
Daylilies, Stella D’oro
Hostas were placed behind the Maple
Golden Vinca, under the Maple
Creeping Jenny will be added
To fill in we will be adding;
Indian Summer Rudbeckia
Hosta ‘Fragrant Bouquet’
Wide, wavy, green leaves with pale yellow margins. 20″ tall 36″ wide
June Plantain Lily Hosta x ‘June’
Foliage mounds to 12 in. high, 30 in. wide; flower stems 20 in. tall.
Munstead Lavender Lavandula angustifolia ‘Munstead’
12 to 18 in. tall and wide, w/deep purple blooms
Hemerocallis ‘Stella D’Oro’ Day Lily
Hybiscus, Cardials Cherry Brandy, Rose-Mallow
Cherry Dazzle® Crape Myrtle Lagerstroemia ‘Gamad I’ ‘ P.P.# 16917
Vanilla Spice® Summersweet Clethra alnifolia, 6′ height X 5′ wide
Royal Purple Smoketree Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’
Height: 12 to 15 feet Spread: 10 to 18 feet
So, in a nut shell, one of the easiest ways to put in a Garden. The only digging required is for the plants themselves. Laying the newspaper causes the grass to decompose providing nourishment for your plants. That combined with the Mulch on top keeps weeds at bay. And if you do get any, they are easy to pull. Having all of the supplies at hand help to get the Garden in in one day. Happy Gardening!