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Garden Planning

It is easy to become befuddled when trying to figure out a good garden plan for your future gardening enjoyment.  This is so much the case that many amateur gardeners give up and plant their flowers and veggies wherever the fancy strikes them.  This can result in an unsightly garden and plants that aren’t placed correctly to receive the light and nutrients that they need.

Planning a garden can and should be fun and exciting.  The gardener just needs to take it slowly and be firm in deciding what is desired in the garden.  Most gardeners will want at least a few of the following items in their gardens; a grass lawn, trees, plants including perennials, annuals and vegetables, a living area to enjoy the view, and ornamental items such as Sun Dials and trellises.  There is a tendency to cram too much into the garden area, which will never work in the long run.  Remember to be firm in deciding what it is you desire and how much will fit into the area you intend to garden.

A simple and easy garden might be designed as follows.  Set foundation plantings around the base of the home this helps add decoration to the home and makes it appear lower and wider.  Remember to keep your lawn open in the center to make better use of it.  Keep it about two to three times the width of the gardens bordering it.  Most annuals and perennials love the sunshine.  It can be easier to give them the light they crave by planting them around the edge of your property lines.  Create a bed that is at least three times as long as it is wide.

If you intend to have a Rose Garden the best place on your property is thought to be and open space on a south lying slope with shelter to the east and north for protection.  They also need lots of sun, at least half a day’s worth.  Don’t make the rose bed very wide or you will have trouble reaching around the thorny plants to tend to them.

If you have lots of shade on your property you can make use of leafy shade loving plants or creeping vines.   Most ground covering plants will grow in places where you can’t get other plants to grow and they are just as satisfying to observe.

Larger plants such as shrubbery and trees require more space.  Shrubbery works very well when planted as a border on your property or when placed against your home.  Shrubs can be found that grow in sunlight and shade, but most common varieties need sunlight for about half the day.  Trees are great for yards that need more shade, especially in new home lots.  Gardeners can pick fast or slow growing trees for all climates and zones.  If you are looking to get some shade fast try planting half a dozen young trees six to eight feet apart.  They will compete with each other to grow and having several smaller trees is better than waiting for one tree to grow large and mature-which can take decades.

Vegetable Gardens can be placed in an out of the way corner or even behind some low lying shrubbery so that it won’t distract from your decorative garden.  Keep the organization very practical with straight line beds or rows criss-crossed with straight simple walking paths.

Any ornaments you place in the garden should be accents, not main features.  You want the guest in your garden to come upon that garden gnome tucked away in the shrubbery with a sense of delight and surprise at having found a secret part of the garden.