Everyone loves the look of a well-manicured garden!
One of the preliminary choices you must make when looking at landscaping options is what types of garden plants you will choose for your yard.
Contrary to what some people might believe, many factors will go into this decision, so make sure that you consider all of them carefully before choosing which plants are right for you!
Can’t I just buy some plants and put them in the ground?
I think we have all seen or perhaps even experienced what happens most of the time when someone merely purchases a plant and puts it in the ground. Without taking these important factors into thought, the plant will most likely die in the garden. Then not only is your time wasted, but the money you spent on the garden plants as well.
What are some of the important factors to consider when I look for plants?
Size of the space you are using for a garden
The size of the space should typically be the first important factor to consider. Dependent upon the size of your garden, you may be limited in space of how many garden plants you choose.
In addition, some plants may start out very small but be ground spreaders, so they might far outgrow the space you have allotted for your garden, which can require constant upkeep.
Type of soil in the area you are using to garden
If you live in a newly developed neighborhood, chances are that your home did not come equipped with the easiest soil for plant growth. It is important to test the pH and moisture of the soil before deciding what to grow in the area.
If the soil is not something that generally would be best for plant growth, there are always options for adding soil and using fertilizer and mulch to enhance your garden.
What types of plants you intend to grow
Consider what it is that you are wanting to grow in your garden. Are you looking to plant vegetables or herbs? If not, are you wanting to plant more green plants in your garden, or more flowers with color? If you are leaning towards flowers, you need to evaluate if you want to plant perennials or annuals.
Add a water feature
There is nothing better and more relaxing than having a water feature in a garden. From a small fountain to a pond, these are also possible with the right planning and preperation. You can then add many amazing flowers surrounding the feature. What’s more, you’ll find some amazing nature arrive, such as frogs and toads.
How much sunlight does the garden area get?
This is an important factor to consider for both indoor and outdoor plants. Before you choose your plants, take a couple of days to observe how the sun hits the area where you plan to make your garden or where your garden already is.
Make a note of how much sun the area gets and for what duration. After you have this information, it will be easier to select a plant that will thrive in the particular amount of sun that your garden receives.
What is the local climate like during all seasons?
Different plants thrive better in different climates; therefore you have to be particular in which plants you choose. If you live in an unusually humid location, you do not want to pick a plant that enjoys an arid environment.
For those who experience a cold climate, you will want to choose a plant that is durable to the cold. To find out what plants are best for different climates, you can consult the various Horticultural Society climate maps.
Having a flourishing garden can be one of the most rewarding experiences as well as one of the most therapeutic hobbies. Researching and picking the right garden plants will get you well on your way to having a beautiful and thriving garden that you enjoy!