The first step in planting a garden is planning it. This means figuring out your budget, the plant varieties, their age, and how much time you’ll have to devote to the garden. While gardening may be considered a hobby, for many it’s more work than a hobby. Therefore, plan your garden carefully.
To plan your garden, the most important factors to consider are:
• The Aspect: Take note of the times and direction that the sun moves across your chosen garden site. Ponds, patios, vegetable plots, flower beds and even fruit trees need decent light. Such things as sheds, plants that thrive on shade, and compost heaps can be placed where there’s not much light. Trees can be used as excellent shade.
• Topography: Avoid uneven or sloping sites when planting such frost sensitive plants as fruit trees. Temperatures can drop in these hollows as well as get constant cross winds.
• Soil: Be sure to test the pH of the soil where you plan to have your garden so you’ll know if it’s acidic or alkaline. There are plants that don’t do well with alkaline soils, as well as plants that don’t flourish in acidic soil. Therefore, it’s important to know your soil and the plants you intend to place in it.
When choosing your garden site, decide first if you want to be able to view it from the house, or whether you prefer to have it hidden or shrouded in mystery. Will it be a large garden or a smaller one? This will also decide as to where you’ll want to place it. Other visual aspects to consider:
• Use such things as perimeter beds, climbing roses or other such plants growing against the house, hanging baskets specially positioned or window sill boxes. This can soften the relationship of garden and house.
• Position your trees in a way that won’t obscure interesting or beautiful views. Also avoid placing them where they’ll make cold shadows in areas needing light.
• Patios, pathways and paving add to the look of any garden. Use materials that blend or contrast well with your surroundings. Many people choose natural stone. Don’t dissect your lawn areas. Put pathways on one side and plan a route through the planted areas. You may even hide the paths among the plants.
• Geometric, straight lines work well in contemporary formal gardens but curves are more appealing in most other types of garden.
• Position any outbuildings carefully to fit in with the garden.
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