5 ways to shake up your garden, post freeze – Houston Chronicle

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5 ways to shake up your garden, post freeze – Houston Chronicle

Now that we are a couple months past the freeze, it may be the time to start assessing our gardens and landscapes with the objectivity that only loss or near loss of plants can do.

If you are like me and avoid progressive change in the garden, we do not switch out plants for variety or make changes without being forced. If I buy a new plant, I do what any self-respecting gardener does. I merely cram it in any space that can be found with no plan beforehand, saying “There, that will work.”

Non-native? No problem. Zone 10? It will work. Needs continuous deadheading? I have time.

Part of gardening is the fun of this exploration, but there are times when we merely need a reset, and the winter freeze afforded us the perfect time to push that button. With plants gone or knocked back to the ground, this general worry for our green-leafed friends invites a reflection on change.

1. Add something edible

With all the time spent trimming boxwoods, pinching salvia for the blooms that attract hummingbirds and planting annual
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