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When planning the design of your garden this year, it’s important that you plan properly and choose a variety of flowers and plants to create a stunning garden. At this point, many novice gardeners might be tempted to call a landscape gardening company to come in and do the work for them. However, with a little bit of hard work and proper planning, there’s no reason you can’t design a beautiful and professional looking garden.
Of course, you could simply choose one type of plant or flower to cover the entire area, however, when you choose a variety of plants, you’re much more likely to create a stunning garden that will make even the most experienced gardeners turn green with envy.
For this reason, we’ve put together a list of 8 tips that will ensure you design a garden landscape that will make you feel like a pro.
Understand Your Local Growing Conditions
Many novice gardeners are intimidated by factors such as planting a garden in an urban environment. However, while planting a garden in the middle of a city might seem more difficult than planting one on a rural property, the basics are still the same and there is no need to be intimidated.
Regardless of where you are planting your garden, you will still need to plant your seeds, water them, and make sure that they are getting the necessary amount of sunlight in order to thrive. Furthermore, it’s also important to understand your soil conditions if you want your garden to be as lively, and as healthy as possible.
Read more about soil conditions here.
Consider Sunlight Exposure
If you’re planning on planting a garden filled with variety, it’s important that you not only choose plants based on their appearance. You must also understand which plants grow best in the amount of sunlight that they will be receiving.
For example, you should always try to avoid combining plants that grow best in shaded areas with plants that need full sunlight. Therefore, when choosing the plants for your garden, make sure that they require a relatively similar amount of sunlight.
Consider Bloom Times
Another good tip is to learn about when the plants you choose will bloom during the season. It’s also a good idea to learn how long each plant blooms for to avoid having some plants that bloom only during the early spring months, while others might continue to bloom until the first frost of the year. This helps keep your garden looking full, no matter what time of the year it is.
Understand There Are Solutions to Every Problem
When gardening, it’s not unusual to find yourself faced with plants that don’t seem to be thriving as well as they should be. However, many gardeners get intimated the second they see a plant looking a little bit under the weather.
Fortunately, there are solutions to almost every problem. And, most of the time, the solution is a much easier fix than you would ever expect. Therefore, instead of throwing your hands up in the air and giving up as soon as you see your basil plants starting to wither, take it as an opportunity to learn that basil needs a lot of sunlight and a lot of humidity.
Read more gardening issues here: https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/troubleshooting-your-vegetable-garden
Focus on One Thing at A Time
It’s no secret that planting a garden can be overwhelming at times. Many of us tend to go out into the garden and trim a little here and prune a bit there, while we should really be focusing on trimming and pruning things properly, before moving on to anything else.
So, instead of walking outside and thinking that you’re going to tackle the entire garden in the next hour, it’s better to focus on doing one thing at a time and then, improving upon it as you go along.
Don’t Be Scared to Mix Things Up
As we’ve mentioned, it’s important to consider sunlight and bloom times for the plants that you choose. However, this does not mean that you need to stick to only one or two types of plants in your garden. For more ideas about choosing a variety of plants, check out this insightful guide about garden plants.
As long as you understand your local growing conditions, you can still sow a variety of plants and flowers to create a more colorful and stunning landscape in your yard. It’s also a good idea to consider plants that grow at different heights to add even more variety to your garden masterpiece.
Create Curved Garden Beds Instead of Square Ones
Most of the time, professional landscapers will add edging to gardens, driveways, and sidewalks. Not only does this add a little bit more life to your garden, but it also adds more curb appeal and character to your yard.
Adding edging to your garden is also more or less permanent, therefore, it adds more appeal to the garden at any time of the year. Many experts believe that adding curved edging is an easy way to turn your garden from boring and traditional, to bold and beautiful.
For more ideas on how to shape your garden, click here.
Take Notes and Learn
Sure, you could spend all of your time reading through posts such as this. However, the best way to create a professional looking garden is to just try and learn from your mistakes.
For this reason, it’s a good idea to use a notebook and jot down the things that work and the things that don’t work in your garden. Then, when next year comes around, you’ll be able to look back on your notes and learn from the mistakes that you made the previous season.
Disclaimer: I may have been financially compensated or be gifted products from the companies mentioned throughout my blog, unless otherwise stated. Posts on LouiseRoseRailton.com may contain items which have been gifted from a company, are a PR sample or paid for with a gift voucher. LouiseRoseRailton.com also contains sponsored posts, in which I have received paid compensation. All opinions and thoughts are genuinely my own. If you wish to find out more, please see my DISCLAIMER page for more information.
I'm Louise, a 28 year old blogger living in York. I also work as a medical receptionist and I'm currently a trainee teaching assistant. This is my corner of the internet, in which I cover topics such as mental health, travel, fashion, lifestyle and so much more!
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