|Nancy Guest shares her ideas about how to create stunning, low maintenance gardens.|
|Hanging baskets with bright cascading flowers are a cheery welcome at her entrances.|
All they need is water and an application of slow release fertilizer.
|Flowering shrubs and interesting trees of various sizes require very little maintenance and|
provide changing colours throughout the seasons. .
|The flowering shrubs take their turns coming into bloom|
providing glorious displays
throughout the spring, summer, and fall.
Low maintenance perennials like Hostas come in various colours and textures.
|Nancy used to have large perennial borders, but now prefers to use smaller gardens|
and fills them with bright long flowering annuals.
|Climbers like the clematis and roses add a vertical interest and take very little garden space.|
That means 'less weeding'
|Window boxes are a bright and colourful addition to the decor.|
|Nancy combines a variety of flowering annuals and vines.|
|Every year the arrangements and colour themes change.|
|She adds a few potted plants around the patio|
to coordinate with the flowers in the window boxes..
|There can be nothing easier to maintain than plants in containers.|
She situates these in various strategic locations around the yard.
Notice the pot is sitting on an antique chair to give the plants some height.
|This plant is perched in the tree with the trunks framing the plants.|
|The flower colours are reflected in water bowls.|
|.Nancy advises us not to throw away those old wood stepladders...|
a very creative way to display plants and her birdhouse collection.
|One can't help but smile at seeing the happy 'creatures' around the floral displays.|