Overall, the bed pictured above is unremarkable and yet, it's my favourite bed. Why? Because most of the Mahonias and Nandinas were salvaged from a nearby project.
To make room for new Berberis thunbergii plants the Mahonias and Nandinas had to go. Normally the unwanted plants are chucked on the back of the truck and hauled away as green waste.
Not so fast.
I knew that this bed was mostly bare and close by so I moved the rejects to this area and they're doing fine.
So, next time you're editing plants in your garden, don't throw out your perfectly healthy specimens. Move them somewhere or give them to your friends.
Vas Sladek, B.Sc., CLT