Gardening 101: Gardening On A Budget

gardening on a budget

If you’ve been putting off improving your garden because you think it will be too expensive, here’s some good news:  gardening on a budget is possible!

All it takes is a little planning, patience and perseverance. Here are a few tips to help you on your way:

  1. Start from seed:
    gardening on a budget
    You can start many flowers, vegetables, herbs and other popular plants from seed.  Granted it will take a little longer to get that full, mature looking flowerbed, but it also brings a great feeling of accomplishment when you look out onto a bed with healthy plants you grew from scratch!
  2. Plant and divide:
    gardening on a budget
    When you do buy plants, you get a good bang for your buck when you buy perennials that will multiply allowing you to divide them in subsequent seasons to populate other areas in your garden, or swop with friends.
  3. Shape and shift:
    You don’t have to cover your entire landscape with plants. Creating an interesting mix of beds, ground cover, lawn and unplanted areas creates great visual interest. Unplanted areas can be covered with gravel, rock, mulch or even stepping stones, driftwood or sculptures to provide texture and drama.
  4. Repurpose, Recycle, Upcycle:
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    Use your imagination and repurpose old items sitting in your shed or garage. An old wheelbarrow can become a flowerbed.  An old tire can become a fountain.  Look with new eyes at the possibilities.
  5. Shrubs and Trees:
    Using beautiful shrubs and trees can provide ‘anchors’ in the garden. Choosing just one or two to add to your garden each season needn’t break the bank, but can add colour with seasonal flowers or interesting foliage.
  6. Elbow grease:
    Keeping things trimmed and cleaning up dead leaves, weeds and unruly branches doesn’t cost anything except some time and energy and it can make your garden look immaculate!
  7. Let there be light:
    Adding a few solar lights, or outdoor garden lights can add that final touch of pizzazz that will make your landscape an interesting and fun place to be day and night.  Just make sure that they placed or hung neatly. There’s nothing that creates an air of neglect like lights hanging haphazardly or bulbs that don’t work.

WaterWise Garden Layouts

waterwise garden layout: natural

WaterWise Garden Layouts.

In our previous articles on Xeriscaping and How to Spot a Drought Tolerant Plant, we promised that we would provide you with some actual garden plans to create your very own beautiful WaterWise Garden.

So here they are:

  1. The NATURAL WaterWise Garden Layout:


This garden layout flows in a relaxed and seemingly natural progression that leads you through discovering new vistas at every turn. Although the layout is easy on the eye and easy on water usage, as you can see it does take careful planning and design to achieve this ‘effortless’ natural garden look.

2. The  ENGLISH INFORMAL WaterWise Garden Layout:
The English Informal Waterwise Garden Layout

The English Informal Garden layout is more structured than the Natural layout, but still provides a lovely balance between structure and informality, making it a relaxing, calm space.


3. The FORMAL WaterWise Garden Layout:

 The FORMAL WaterWise Garden Layout:
The Formal Garden Layout is, as its name suggests, a more structured and symmetrical design giving the feeling of calm orderliness where everything is in it’s place and there’s a place for everything.  If you like your landscapes to feel completely balanced and want to add a little formality to complement the architecture and atmosphere of your home, then this design will work well for you.

To help you even further with planning your own unique WaterWise garden layout, we’ve included a comprehensive list of typical Xeriscaping plants together with their hardiness zones. Click here to access them: XeriscapePlantList

If you need some advice or help with planning and planting your WaterWise Garden, please reach out to us by phone at 604 856 9339, or by email here, or come in and chat with us – here are the directions.

Blast from the past: Snow in May!

We were going through some of our old newsletters and some of the memories made us smile, while others made us shudder …

like the fact that in 2002 we had SNOW on the 6th May and March had been so cold that we had to shut down… We certainly can’t complain about the weather this year!

old Tanglebank newsletters

Another tidbit from that newsletter was the following advice for planning summer plant pairings and border designs:

“… Meadow’s Rue behind Lady’s Mantle with sporadic interspersings of Delphinium, dramatic spikes of Iris, Crocosmia and Red Hot Poker…”

“When planning your summer borders, think drifts of colour, swathes of plants rather than a plant here and there.”

If you’re thinking about refreshing your landscape, creating a new look for your borders or completely redesigning things from scratch, don’t hesitate to come on down to the nursery.  We’ll be glad to help give you ideas, show you how to create a look you’ll love and enjoy living with!

Click here to get the recipe we featured for Herb Jelly!