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Replace shrubs for flowers for low-maintenance gardening

by webdev

August 15, 2011

Gardening is hard work. Although the reward of beautiful, colorful blooms is well worth it for many people, gardeners who are growing older may want to redesign their gardens to allow for floral elegance well into their golden years.

Columnist Adrian Higgins writes in the Washington Post that shrubs are a good replacement for hands-on perennials. Scaling back on flora doesn't have to mean a sacrifice in beauty, however. Higgins adds that shrubs such as red-twigged dogwood, high-bush blueberries, hydrangeas and ornamental grasses offer colorful but low-maintenance foliage.

Seniors who plan to continue gardening may benefit from certain exercises that strengthen the muscles most used in gardening, AARP reports. The news source also explains the correct way to do tasks such as squatting and pushing a wheelbarrow so as to not strain a muscle.

People who are no longer able to garden may be especially appreciative of a flower gift. Whether a colorful bouquet of lilies or a potted orchid that will continuously bloom, flowers will bring the natural aspects of the garden indoors for people to enjoy. 

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