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What To Plant In A Garden: 4 Key Factors To Consider

what to plant in a garden

The question of what to plant in a garden is almost the same as “how long is a piece of string?”. It depends on so many variables that it really is impossible to provide a definitive answer.

So maybe the best approach is to discover what will grow well in your garden, what you want to get from your garden, and what your personal tastes are regarding plants, and the way your garden looks.

Once you have all of those factors in place, the garden will naturally come to life, and the choices of plants will be instinctual, rather than prescribed.

Why Are You Thinking About Your Garden?

The first question, and it is a very important one, is why do you want to change your garden? You may have just moved in and the garden is to the previous owners taste or they have let it become overgrown and you realise it needs to be restarted.

Perhaps you have recently completed a project, such as a new resin bound driveway or path, and you want plants that will both set off the new look, and work in a practical sense with this new driveway scheme.

Or maybe you are trying lots of different things, your green fingers are letting you down and some advice would be helpful.

No matter what the reason is for your new garden plan, choosing the right plants is essential, and the only way to do this is to ensure you have thought very carefully about every aspect before you start.

The following questions should help you to work out exactly what you should plant in your garden….

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What Will Grow In Your Garden?

There are two things to bear in mind with this question: soil and sunlight. The soil in your garden will have a huge impact on the types of plants that will grow easily. If your soil is free draining, light and full of nutrients, you are probably good to go with most plants.

But if you have a clay based soil that is claggy and pools water, you are going to need to to choose carefully or do some hard work to bring it up to scratch.

You can change the composition of your soil by digging sand, peat or manure into the soil to give it more nutrients and to make it easier to work with.the addition of stones can give a claggy soil more drainage and ensure your plants can work their roots through the earth.

You can also build raised beds with all new soil if you have the space. If not, you will need to choose plants that work well for the soil you have.

Sunlight is also very important. If there is a lack of sunlight, or it only shines in certain parts, you need to choose plants that needs either sun or shade, depending on the location. You can also adjust this by adding shade, or cutting back trees to get enough sunlight to the areas you want.

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How Do You Use Your Garden?

Do you want your garden to be practical, and a usable space for all the family?Are you equally keen to create a garden to provide you with year long colour, and a supply of fresh vegetables and fruit?

The amount of space you give over to flowers and lawn can impact on the space left for a vegetable plot; therefore, knowing which way you want to enjoy your garden is important.

You might want to enjoy your outdoor space, but have it as low maintenance as possible. You can choose astro turf, resin bound pathways and patios and plants that need little more than the occasional watering.

If you want to develop your green fingers, then you can try to grow a few vegetables in a raised bed, or choose plants that give you fresh flowers for the home. Knowing how you want your garden to be used is an important step on the journey towards deciding on the right plants.

What Do You Personally Like When It Comes To Plants?

Some of us simply love fresh flowers and the beautiful sight of colour in the garden. Others prefer to know that their garden is a haven for wildlife or is providing food for our table.

Visually, you may like certain flowers or trees more than others, or you may want no plants at all and just a perfectly manicured lawn and attractive pathways and driveways.

Your personal taste is everything when it comes to choosing the right plants for your garden. You can choose from a wild meadow, to a Victorian box hedged garden – but knowing this beforehand will help point you in the right direction.

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6 Savvy Steps To Priming Your Garden For Perfection

● Try to start a new garden in the Spring so that your plants have a chance to start to grow before the harsh Winter kicks in. Plus the ground will be softer and easier to dig after the Winter as well.
● Make a plan of where you are going to place the plants you have chosen. Make sure it suits the amount of sunlight they need, and that you have prepared the soil well enough for the type of plant you are using.
● Work hard to improve the soil, and do this year after year. Remove stones and twigs, and try to develop the soil with nutrients so your plants have the best chance. You can even set up your own compost heap, and use that to feed your garden as the months go on.
● Understand the difference between annuals and perennials, and plant them to ensure you get the best of the colour all year round. Remember that some plants will need to be removed from the ground at the end of the season, and others will need to be cut right back ready for next year.
● Plant at the right time of year. Take note of when to seed, and when you can plant small seedlings. Some seedlings may need to be kept indoors until the right time. A late frost can mean the end of your hard work, and you will need to start afresh.
● Remember to water often during the warmer months, and keep an eye on the weather in general to regulate the soil dampness. You may need to set a timer on your sprinkler if you are out during the week. It is best, however, to water at the end of the day, as this is when the water will penetrate most into the earth, and it will subsequently evaporate more slowly.

Whether you are choosing vegetables, trees, bushes, hedges or flowers, the plants you choose for your garden can bring so much pleasure – but only if they survive.

Think carefully about what you want from your garden before you start and you could have many years of beautiful gardening ahead of you. You never know, those green fingers may well come to life after all.

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