It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that I love Jane Austen and hate gardening. Hoping the Janeites at least get that....Be that as it may, my big old house came with a big old yard and lots of perennials. The side beds are huge and gave me much angst the first year here as I tried to weed it and make it neat, but am much happier now that I am determined to embrace nature and just let it look like the Iowa prairie it is. The side beds look just like a walk through an Iowa woods. In the meantime, the way I really like to garden is in pots--everything contained and no weeds!