It’s easy to get distracted by all the beautiful colors and textures of plants when you walk through your local garden center. It can be easy to buy plants with so many options. You start putting all the plants that catch your eye in your cart without thinking about how they will fit into your garden. When you bring them home, you find that there isn’t enough room in your garden for the plants you bought because of their size, shape, or type.
It’s best to be ready before going to the nursery to avoid this problem. Instead of making things up as you go, you should take the time to look at how your garden grows. Is your soil packed down or full of sand? Do you have a lot of shade, or does the sunshine most of the day in your garden? Pay attention for a few days and write down the type of soil, how much sun each area gets, and how much water it has.
Test the Soil
If you want your garden to grow well, you might want to test the soil. Most county extension offices offer soil testing for a small fee. Getting to know the pH of your soil can help you decide which plants will do best there. Remember that you can change the pH of the soil by adding certain things. But it is almost always smarter to choose plants that do well in the soil you already have.
Bring your notes when you go to a garden center or nursery. Don’t choose flowers based on how pretty they look. Think about what kinds of plants will do well in your growing environment. After all, there’s no point in buying a lovely plant if it will die after you plant it because it can’t handle your garden’s conditions.
When you get your plants home, it’s time to take care of them. It’s a good idea to try out different arrangements before you start digging and putting them in the ground. Try different ways to plant the seeds while the plants are still in their pots. Try putting a few plants close to each other in small groups. Or put them in straight lines.
Please pay close attention to how tall each plant will be when fully grown. Taller plants should go in the back of your beds, and shorter plants should go in the front. Once you’ve decided on a layout you like, you can put the plants on the ground.
By taking the time to learn about how your yard and garden grow, you can choose plants that will do well. Rather than spending money on flowers that won’t grow well where you live, you can buy plants that will do well.
With careful planning and attention to detail, you can make a beautiful garden that adds depth and beauty to the outside of your home.