9 Tips To Getting A Professional-Looking Garden Design
by David Salman
The Summer Dreams Pre-Planned Garden is perfect for small spaces and features a mix of flower shapes and heights.
When it comes to planning a flower garden or preparing for a new landscaped area of your yard, many folks don't know where to start. Not to worry! We have helpful tips for making garden planning easy. The planning process should be simple and doable, and leave you with a much better idea of what you want to accomplish.
Here's the short list of factors one needs to understand before any plants go into the ground:
- How big is the area to be planted? Even if it's only approximate, this tells you how many plants will fit comfortably without becoming an overgrown jungle.
- Determine the growing conditions. What direction does the area face? Is it a hot dry south or west facing spot? Or is it a cool and shady north or northeast facing area? Is there root competition from a nearby large trees or shrub?
- Where is it in relation to the house? How close is it to the house? Do you look out on the area? Can you see it from the street?
- Know your soil type. Not sure? Bring in a sample to the nursery or have it tested.
- Note if moisture levels in the area are different than elsewhere in the yard. Is it a low spot that collects water after a rain? Or is it on a slope that dries out quickly? Is it near a downspout from the roof that provides extra moisture for plants that like moist soil.
Once the above steps are done, you can start the fun part; putting together a "want list" of plants for the planting site. You can use our robust website search and filter features to find plants that match your growing conditions.
The August Afternoons Pre-Planned Garden features a mix of ornamental grasses and long-blooming perennials that come into bloom in late summer.
9 Tips To Getting A Professional Looking Design For Your Garden and Landscape
I need to confess that I'm not a landscape designer by education, only by experience. I approach a new planting from the growers' side of the equation. Here are the design tricks I use to put together a cohesive and horticulturally sensible planting using perennial plants:
- Always use each plant in odd-numbered groups (threes, fives or sevens).
- Use a variety of flower types
- Use daisy-type flowers (Daisies, Coneflowers)
- flowering spikes (Beardtongue, Hummingbird Mints),
- flower sprays (Heuchera, Columbine, Diascia),
- mounding flowers (Lavender, Catmint, Coreopsis) and
- flat-topped flowers (Yarrow, Milkweed, Stonecrop).
Take The Guesswork Out Of Garden Design with Pre-Planned Gardens
If you're a casual gardener or someone who is just too busy to undertake the planning processes I've outlined above, choose one of our High Country Garden Pre-Planned Gardens. They are like a painting-by-numbers kit. Each garden comes with a complete planting diagram that shows plant placement and plant spacing. Prepare the soil, place, and plant. Your living art piece will grow in and give you that professional look without a lot of effort.
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