Planning a Beautiful Garden

It’s never too early to start planning for next year. Here are some things to start thinking about while you are planning your gardens.

1. Budget

This should be the first thing you think about. Your budget determines what types of seeds you plant, as well as what kind of materials you can use and types of pavement you can include.

2. Location

Where would you like your garden? Do you want it connected to the house and the landscaping around it? Besides topographical features, you also have to factor the contextual location of the garden. If you live in an urban area, you may have to think about space saving techniques, while rural gardens can usually spread out.

3. Soil

Know your soil! Be aware of the basics of soil, such as the presence or lack of water and nutrients. This will affect how well your plants grow and which plants would thrive. You can manipulate this be adding compost, mineral salt, and other supplements to enrich your soil.

4. Surfaces

The garden design is essential to the aesthetics of the garden. Surfaces of the paths in a garden should complement the colors of the plants in that garden. You also want to be practical about the materials that you choose, making sure the surfaces of pathways are smooth, while other visual components could be rough or built up.

5. Planting Design

This will be what will make or break a design. It combines some cultural, ecological, and horticultural knowledge. You will need to know what plants you can grow with other plants before you start.

6. Type of Garden

There are different types of gardens to choose from. Do you want a rose garden, or a butterfly patch, or just some different types of greenery? Another thing to think about is the maintenance for the type of garden you want. How often will it require maintenance, do you want to do that yourself or will you want to hire someone to do it, will it maintain itself after it fills out in a couple of years? These are all things you need to ask yourself before planting.