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America is a nation of garden
ers. Yet, few native plants flourish
in our home landscapes. Fortu
nately, landscape designers are re
thinking the traditional home
landscape of shade trees and
clipped evergreens and shrubs.
One innovative and nationally
recognized design team, Oehme
Van Sweden and Associates is
credited with starting a new wave
of naturalism in landscape plant
ings. Wolfgang Oehme wrote in
his book. Bold Romantic Gardens:
“Sadly, many people prefer to
tame nature, when nature is truly
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Instead he suggests gardeners
use plants in their landscpaes that
do not require pruning, staking,
dead heading or dividing. These
‘utility’ plants include many gras
ses, sedges, succulents, trees,
shrubs, vines and wildflowers.
Here are just a few:
—This herbaceous perennial
grows 1-2 feet, has small, lemon
yellow flowers and blooms con
stantly from early to late summer.
It’s used in mass plantings or as
border plants for steps.
•Joe-Pye Weed “Gateway”
—This showy, tall growing
bushy-type, herbaceous perennial
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attracts not only the passing eye
but butterflies as well. Its purplish,
fuzzy flowers lode great in back
borders, meadows, and wetlands.
Choose from tree and multi
stemmed shrub forms that produce
red-purple fruit attractive to wild
life. They grow 20-30 feet and
bloom with a cloud of tiny white
flowers in the spring. Use them at
woodland edges or as specimen
trees near a patio or pool.
Make the most of your land
scape’s natural environment This
goal may be easier said than done.
New home sites with either a
pond, rock outcropping, wetlands
or meadows are difficult to find.
What can you do?
In the words of Eliza Penny
packer, Associate Professor of
Landscape Architecture at Penn
State,” skillfully edit the land
scape.” Look at a landscape and
see the characteristics that are ini
tially obscured and then bring that
character out, largely through the
subtraction of elements from the
site.” To become an environmen
tal artist, follow these principles;
•Simplicity: A landscape will
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gently mimic nature. Use a fewer
number of plant types and textures
in planning the overall landscape
•Scale: Whether it be with a
building or a sunset, with good
scale: plants will complement
•Balance: Choose plants that'
echo the texture of existing plants
in the landscape.
•Rhythm and Line: A land
scape scene will repeat plant
types, textures and color.
•Focalization of Interest: Peo
ple want to focus on a simple
design element In most home set
tings, a single flower color works
to achieve this goal.
•Build a frame for molding con
crete stepping stones or landscape
edging. Or, construct wood plan
ters of all types: window boxes,
raised garden beds or wood deck
accessories. For information on
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designing and constnicting wheel
chair gardens, raised beds or gar--
den boxes, contact your Extension
•Make tomato supports out of
scraps of wire mesh that is com
monly used for reinforced con
crete or make a plant hanger out of
•Recycle a 2 liter plastic bottle
by removing ics plastic base
cutting off the bottle top and using
it as a terrarium or seed starting
container. Or, use a 1 gallon clear
plastic milk jug as a seed starting
•Get your lawn mower ready
for summer by sharpening the
blade and putting on a new air fil
ter. Look into adding a mulching
mower attachment if available by
the manufacturer. If you have a
garden project idea, write to Tom
Becker at Penn State Cooperative
Extension, 112 Pleasant Acres
Road, York, PA 17402.
the 1994 alternate York County
Three young women will parti
cipate in Dairy Maid competition
during the coronation program.
Dairy Maid contenders are Sarah
Greek, daughter of Bonnie and
Leonard Greek, Delta, Heather
Growl, daughter of Joyce and Ellis
Crowl, Airville, and Tanya Tho
man, daughter of Gail and Gary