Gardens & Outdoors

Figuring out what to put in your garden and how to landscape your yard can be a confusing process. There are so many different types of plants from which to choose, many soil types to learn about, the question of which plant will grow optimally in your garden, and the cost of those you eventually decide on. There's a good economic reason why you should make the effort to do something about your yard. The average landscaped house is worth 10 to 15% more than a bare house, which translates into thousands of dollars.

Planting Your Garden

The easiest way to start a garden is to hire a landscape architect, who will:

  • Evaluate your yard
  • Develop a landscaping plan
  • Suggest flowers and shrubs
  • Plant the flowers and shrubs for you.

Obviously, they will charge a fee for this service. If you have no interest in gardening, this is probably your best option.

Planting Your Garden - Doing It Yourself

Do you really need to have a fully landscaped yard immediately after you move in? You're going to live in your house a long time, so take some time to figure out your landscaping.

Study your yard to determine:

  • Where you have the most sun and shade
  • How the water runs off
  • What type of soil you have (you can get simple soil test kits from most garden centers).

Some plants require plenty of sun, while others like shade; you will need to know where to plant them in your yard. Some plants are more resistant to garden pests than others, and will require a comparable amount of effort. Choose pest resistant plants if you are not interested in devoting time to the maintenance of your garden.

Formulate a Plan for Planting Your Garden

One way to get ideas for your yard is to visit an attractive neighborhood. Note the names of plants you like. If you don't know the name you can probably ask the homeowner - most gardeners are happy to discuss the fruits of their labor.

Once you have your list of possible plants, find out how much care they require. Roses are beautiful, but they require an abundance of attention. If you're looking for a low maintenance garden, you are best advised to pass on the roses.

Success - Planting A Thriving Garden

One of the secrets to landscape design is creating an environment using a combination of plants that blend well together. For example, the reason why evergreens are so popular is because they always provide a touch of color. In addition, the best landscapes always have something going on throughout the year. By mixing annuals, perennials, and shrubs, you can have color in your garden through out the year.

Remember: plants grow. Leave enough space in your plan to prevent your plants from effectively fighting for space in the garden. A crowded garden will look messy and overgrown.