By George Hapgood
Excited, thatís how you felt when you saw that space in your
backyard. And you bought some plants, but without even
considering first what kind of soil you have at your garden,
perhaps, without planning carefully what kind of plants will
survive. Now your garden is a mess. Think it over.
Before buying plants you should be attentive of where are you
going to place the plants in the garden - 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, and swamp plants for the
parts. Once you decided with your selections it is time to
choose how you are going to position them in your garden.
Take a look at these pointers:
What to plant
Do you want fruits, vegetables, flowers? Remember to start
small; you can always increase the size of your garden if you
choose to. But do it gradually. This is particularly important
if you're in a budget, of course.
Test your soil first, to determine the pH level of your soil
and what kind of nutrients you need to add. You can alter the
garden soil's pH. However, it is a lot easier to maintain a
garden without having to alter it's soil's pH level. This
for choosing plants that will survive with the kind of pH your
garden soil has.
Plant in groups
One good rule of the green thumb is to buy at least one of the
many varieties of small plants. However, a "one of everything"
method of plant selection tends to make the garden seem spotty
whereas plants placed in groups makes it more organized.
Positioning the Plants
Before planting your chosen plants, you can either let them be
in their pots first and arrange them according to how you plan
to position them in your garden. Grouping plants in sets of
threes or fives usually looks better than planting in groups
even numbers. Be sure that you have an interesting combination
of colors and textures of plants.
Color of the plants
The right color scheme is one way to maintain the harmonious
ambience in your garden. Imagine the color of the flowers when
they are in bloom. Some plants may have flowers that would not
look good with other flowers but they can be planted alongside
if they have different blooming season. Foliage color does not
have to be confined to green. Look for plants that have other
colors for their leaves if it such suits your taste.
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