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April 23, 2018

Knowing which plants are best for your garden

Knowing which plants are best for your garden

We often buy plants on impulse only to find there is nowhere in the garden that really suits them. Before buying plants examine your garden to see how much sun and shade it gets, whether the soil is well drained or waterlogged and whether your aspect is sheltered or windswept. Then you will be prepared to purchase the right shade-loving plants for the sheltered areas, sun-lovers for the warm spots, drought-resistant plants for the parched areas, and swamp plants for the poorly-drained parts.

We often buy plants on impulse only to find there is nowhere in the garden that really

suits them. Before buying plants examine your garden to see how much sun and shade it

gets, whether the soil is well drained or waterlogged and whether your aspect is

By thinking ahead anyone can create a lovely, and practical, garden retreat

sheltered or windswept. Then you will be prepared to purchase the right shade-loving

plants for the sheltered areas, sun-lovers for the warm spots, drought-resistant plants

for the parched areas, and swamp plants for the poorly-drained parts.

Don’t forget to test your soil before planting. This is to determine the pH level of

your soil and what kind of nutrients you need to add, if any. Most plants prefer soil

that is slightly acidic, but there are some that must have alkaline soil to grow. You

can alter the soil’s pH level or simply plant for the soil you have.

Do you want to plant in groups or singly? If you buy ‘one of everything’ your garden may

seem rather unorganized. Group plantings are a much more harmonious way to garden.

Now that you are prepared to plant, do a test run. Place your chosen plants around the

garden bed in their pots to see how they will look. Re-arrange them until you are

satisfied. Grouping plants in sets of threes or fives usually looks better than planting

in groups of even numbers. Tall plants should go to the back, or the center of your

garden will be viewed equally from all sides. Keep your plants away from trees if

possible. Tree roots are fiercely competitive and will steal all the nutrients and

moisture from your flowers.

The right color scheme is another way to maintain the harmony in your garden. Imagine the

color of the flowers when they are in bloom. Some colors may clash with others, but can

still be planted side-by-side if they have a different blooming season. Foliage color is

also important. Many flower plants have silver, grey or purplish foliage that is just as

attractive as the flower. This means that they are still attractive well past the

blooming season and so have added value.

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