Cheapskate Gardening: Addition By Division

by Josh on June 11, 2008 · 5 comments

in Deals,garden,Gardens

I have posted a lot about the garden and landscaping lately, but there are other things going on here, too. Before I cover any of the other stuff, though, Ms. Bungalow insisted I write a post on her fabulous work improving the little landscaping berm in the backyard.

What makes this project special is that it was primarily accomplished by dividing mature plants from other areas of the landscaping and adding them to the vacant areas in the backyard. Free landscaping! Although Ms. Bungalow’s goal was to fix up the area without buying anything, we broke down and picked up a few sedum when we were out at the garden store.

Here is how the backyard berm looked a couple summers ago after I planted some spirea bushes:

Backyard Garden 2006

And here is that same area after Ms. Bungalow added some divided hosta, sedum, and other plants:

Backyard Garden 2008

You might notice that the spirea from the first picture haven’t actually done that well in this spot. This location probably gets more shade than the spirea would like, though Ms. Bungalow’s new additions should be better suited to the area. When the new plants get fully established in a season or two this spot will really look lush. All that remains for this cheapskate garden project is to top the berm with some free mulch from one of the park board’s tree trimming mulch piles.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Sandy June 14, 2008 at 11:37 am

I think it looks quite lovely!


Josh June 14, 2008 at 2:19 pm

And aren’t you lovely to say so, Sandy! Thanks.


carlcaroll August 3, 2009 at 4:38 pm

It’s not only free but it is also long term. I like that you choose plants that are going to last for a long time. People need to think about the original cost of any project AND about the life expectancy of the plants that they use. By using the plants that you used, you won’t have to do much maintenance and they will last for a long time.


plantesjardinsnature August 18, 2009 at 2:15 am

Looks so green:D You’re right about the shade over there is to much for spirea bushes as i may see from boh pictures is not very shinny over there.


Anette the Gardener July 8, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Hi Josh,

It’s a very good idea to reuse some of your more mature plants from other areas of your garden. Not only do you spare money, but you also thin out the other part of your garden.



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