The growing season is in full swing, but there’s still time for starting a garden! So, how do you plan one out anyway? We understand how daunting it can be to plan out the perfect garden. We want future gardeners everywhere to enjoy the success that comes with a successful garden and wanted to share some golden rules when it comes to preparing it.
1. Foundation, foundation, foundation
The foundation of a good garden starts around the border. Do you want small trees? Shrubs, or perhaps a flower bed? The right kinds of plants can help soften the borders when it comes to your house. Roots can also damage the foundation of the house if they’re planted too close. So be sure to choose the right plants accordingly.
Shrubs are a very low maintenance type of plant. They don’t require a lot of care like flower beds do. Be careful about the type of shrubs you may choose. Do you want a tall shrub for privacy? Or perhaps you want to go with a shrub that is low to the ground and just shows the borders of your home? There are also shrubs that bloom at certain times of the year, and even have berries.
3. The ground
Choose the ground where you want to have your plants. What area of the ground receives low traffic? These are the types of places where your plants will thrive, and avoid high traffic areas where people are constantly coming and going. Also, be sure to consider what types of plants may grow there. Thickness, height, and will they spread? It will also depend on the soil, sun, and water needs of the plants you place in low traffic areas.
4. Plan out the flowers accordingly
Certain flowers only bloom at certain times of the year. Most of the time flowers will only bloom in early spring and the summertime. So be sure you plan out how you want your garden to look at certain times of the year, because the flowers won’t always be there.
Vines can be an excellent addition to any garden. Their green, leafy foliage can add a lot of characters to just about any open ground or space you want to cover up with greenery. Vines can also create privacy since they tend to cover up spaces wherever they cling too. They are also vines that flower in early spring and summer, so they can add a pleasant aroma to your garden.
How much maintenance are you willing to give your garden? Consider how much spare time you have, and how much of that time you want to spend in your garden. There are plenty of plants that are low maintenance that still look gorgeous in every garden.
Keep these six golden rules in mind when planning out your garden. It’s easy to go overboard when starting out, but if you plan accordingly it will be smooth sailing.