Monday, October 19, 2009

How to choose the Best Plants for your Garden

After some talking about how to beautify and secure our homes, let us talk another way in doing it so. In our homes, a garden is a plot of ground where plants are cultivated. The flowers or vegetables or fruits or herbs that is cultivated in a garden makes as satisfied with this activity.

Most often we buy plants on impulse then find there is nowhere in the garden that really suits and matches them. Carefully examine your garden before buying plants to see how much sun and shade it gets or simply whether the soil is well drained or waterlogged and whether your aspect is sheltered or unsheltered. You'll then be equipped to go and buy the best plants for your situation;
  • shade-loving plants for the sheltered areas
  • sun-lovers for the warm spots
  • drought-resistant plants for the parched areas which may be either sunny or shaded
  • swamp plants for the poorly-drained parts.
That is not all! Test and examine your soil first to determine the pH level of your soil and what kind of nutrients you need to add. This will come up. Is the soil acid or alkaline? Most plants like better soil that is slightly acidic. There are some that must have alkaline soil to grow. You can alter the soil's pH level but it's much easier to simply plant for the soil you have.

You neither are nor ready to plant. That’s almost. Will you plant in groups or separately? If you buy 'one of everything' your garden may seem rather spotty, group plantings is organized, harmonious and you can diverge the color for interest and importance.

Remember to place your chosen plants around the garden bed in their pots to before planting 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. Make sure that you have a motivating combination of colors and textures of plants. Tall plants should go to the back or the centre if your garden will be viewed equally from all sides. Keep in mind to keep your plants away from trees. The roots of trees are fiercely competitive and will steal all the nutrients and moisture meant for your flowers and other plants in your garden.

Choosing the right color scheme is one way of maintaining the harmony and accord 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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