There is a difference between a bush, and a shrub. A bush in an unkempt clump of gnarly, branches, dead foliage, and essentially an eyesore. On the other hand, a "shrub" is, or should be, an artfully, healthily pruned (there is a right and wrong way) woody plant that has been carefully manipulated in order that the foliage and roots receive all the moisture, without it being trapped, sunlight (food), and air circulation possible, to keep it healthy, happy, and hopefully, long lived. To rejuvenate an old, overgrown shrub, proper pruning turns ugly, old bushes into blooming again, pieces of living art. Which would you rather have.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN TAKING A CLASS TO LEARN HOW TO DEAL WITH ONGOING WEATHER, AND A GARDEN THAT IS EITHER NO LONGER HAPPY, OR WANT TO MAKE ONE, THAT THUS FAR, IS JUST A BEAUTIFUL FIGMENT OF YOUR IMAGINATION, click on the following link:
Below, a few before and afters, and comments as to the results.
"Hi Charlotte! I have dug the new flower beds but it is certainly a work in progress. When I look at pictures in the beautiful garden you have created, I realize just how much of a process it will be. A big thank you to you for helping me to see things in a much different light. I will send some pictures as things progress a little more." Wendy W. )
"Charlotte, all the backyard plants survived being out of their beds, and are now settled into the new back garden, with time to root before fall. We loved our collaboration and will look forward to continuing next year. " Joan & Dennis Kakoske
Unused patio stones were repurposed in a checker board pattern, and broken pieces were used to create a partial walk through garden, to a sidewalk alongside the garage. If you walk THROUGH your garden, you see more of it, and you will if easier to tend, allowing for more pleasure time.
Declutter and reclaim your life, and where you spend it.