Garden Downsizing

July Garden Journal


A couple weeks back an idea began to formulate in my mind – after I’d spent the whole day weeding and deadheading. I need to downsize. This will be our home – for a very long time – I need to prepare this garden for the future years and what works best for our family. As well as my schedule!

It was a diffidcult decision.


I just LOVE flowers! But, I also enjoy spending time with family and just enjoying the garden. I will reduce the size of this one garden bed.  This bed alone is 50 feet long and from four to ten feet deep.

For Family Gatherings


One good reason to downsize is that the front garden, to give us more lawn, is when our family gathers we normally congregate under the big oak tree in the back. The backyard is sloped making it difficult for tables and seating. At the front garden it is flat and the big cypress tree provides ample shade along with the shade from our neighbor’s Pecan trees.

A Win – Win


Dearest is happy,  he just loves lawns! I’ll group my perennials better, keeping those I truly love. 

Create a Flowering Hedge


What I’ll leave in this spot is a hedge of blooming bushes such as hydrangea, azalea and some Crape Myrtle. I have always wanted more Hydrangeas and this will provide a wonderful opportunity.

What Remains


When we first moved here I made a diagram of the gardens surrounding our home – there’s quite a lot of ‘garden rooms’. Even though I’ll downsize this one  bed, there still remains quite a few – mostly surrounding the house. Dearest is also making plans to reorganize his garden bed – it runs the length of the western side of our yard. He has a lot of Crape Myrtle, Roses, Iris and Lilies – some of my flowers can easily move there 

What’s blooming now:

The Crape Myrtles


The Lilies




Perennial Hibiscus


This definitely was a tough decision, but I know in the long run, it will be a good decision.

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  1. oh that should be nice so even if people pass in the front and see a nice lawn party happening, how cheerful is that! Also you will love the hydrangeas….they are always gorgeous and never enough of those. Good luck with it. 😀

  2. I feel the same. Love all my beds but already it’s too much to take care of. I used to think having a flower bed cut down on the time it takes to mow. I now realize that mowing is 10 times quicker than maintaining a bed!

    You have a beautiful garden!

  3. My garden club had a speaker this past winter who talked about gardening as we age. I know you are far from ‘old’ but downsizing a garden is something we all have to face at some point whether it’s from age, children or just busy schedules.

    I haven’t really downsized my garden so much but I have streamlined it more, only growing things that take less water, less pruining, ect. It’s made a difference in how clean things look & in how much time I really need to work in it.

    • I like that Jen. I was looking at all of the Daylilies – they’re wonderful, but to look good you have to keep up with the deadheading…not old quite yet, feel it sometimes 😉

  4. Hi Kathy, Your property is lovely and it still will be so…just changed. I adore your crape myrtles; we cannot grow them in our climate. So pretty! We are getting ready for a major garden project. It’s a renovation, not a downsizing. It leaves me with a lot of decisions to make as to what plants stay, which ones go, and how will I replant my gardens. It’s a big opportunity but a little scary. Change is good, they say! 🙂

  5. Your garden is so pretty! You sure have a “green thumb”. Love it!

  6. I have been trying to downsize and cut down on maintenance in my garden for a while…it isn’t easy, but it isn’t good when the garden becomes a burden instead of a delight. It sounds as if you have a great plan and the results will be an even nicer place to spend time in…and, a lot less work!

  7. I love your gardens but I completely understand wanting to plan for the future, too. Sometimes, I look at what we keep adding (and we have far less than you) and think we need to stop adding! My husband is addicted to mulch…that is a lot of planned maintenance to keep up with. Good planning on your part!

    • That’s one thing that I’ll be able to ‘downsize’ on – the amount of mulch needed to cover each garden bed. I do want to enjoy this garden the rest of my life – and I like the notion of keeping what you truly love!
      Have a blessed Fourth – see you next week! 😉

  8. I have always admired your flower gardens Kathy, but I know how much work they are to keep them looking their best. I have neglected one of our beds this spring, and I’m planning to tackle it next week. And we are always “rethinking” our vegetable garden as to how it can be productive but less work to maintain!

  9. I agree with you about streamlining the property. I was once so excited about putting in gardens all over the place, and did not anticipate how much time it would take to maintain it all. The bricked-in flower beds are enough, and even then, are time consuming . Expanses of lawn are very soothing to look at and easy care.