Roy Diblik is a recognized perennial plant expert, grower, designer, speaker and author. Combining his 35 years of knowledge growing traditional and Midwest native perennials, he specializes in highly aesthetic, sustainable plant communities for all seasons, while reducing maintenance through design. He believes that gardens should be thoughtful, ecologically directed, emotionally outreaching and yet very personal. Roy can be contacted by email at email@example.com.
PLANTS LIVING IN THEIR OWN DEBRIS
For larger perennial gardens we are using mulching mowers, to cut back our gardens in March. We mow over the garden 7 to 8 times and leave the debris there. The plants are now living in a healthy system like their ancestors. If you have a larger established monoculture group of plants (like Miscanthus) you will have to take some of the debris away or cut it into smaller pieces. A few weeks after you cut everything back, the early spring bulbs begin coming up and the planting now becomes a beautiful, blooming, duff-covered garden. Several of our prominent gardens undergo this spring maintenance practice saving both time and money. The Lurie Garden, The Shedd Aquarium, Fontana Boulevards and Kenosha Roundabouts are mowed back at the onset of spring and have plants living in their own debris.