Planning Your Garden from Scratch - the Planting

 


Article by: Michael Russell

"Planting" is the term professional gardeners use for"¦..plants. In other words, trees, , Robotic Lawn Mowers Keep Burglars Away shrubs, , Improvements in Robotic Lawn Mowers grasses, , The Basic Steps to Bamboo Gardening bedding plants, , A Bit About Bare Root Roses... etc. and there are endless varieties to choose from. The easiest thing to do is to buy a book with a reference list in it showing the soil , Maintaining Your Landscaped Yard type, sun/shade and watering requirements. You can't plant , Fountains Through All Ages - An Overview of Landscaping Wonders something which hates bright sunlight alongside something that won't survive without it, so give it some thought at the outset. Most books also divide their listings into Trees , Summer Vacation and Your Pond and Shrubs, , Create the Perfect Patio: Finding Great Furniture Climbers, Perennials, , How to Read a Seed Catalog Annuals

I'm going to concentrate on flower-beds for the purposes of this article. If you want to grow , How to Choose the Most Economical Pond Pump vegetables and fruit, , Seed Starting Tips you will need a separate area which will need different treatment.

  • Trees. Be very careful if you have a small garden. , Maintaining Your Landscaped Yard Trees , Want to Build a Pond? have a habit of growing , Taking Inside Comfort Outside: A Look at Outdoor Patio Heaters for the Home out of control, casting too much shade and their roots , Plants, Birds, Love and Deer Hate may end up digging up your drains. If you must have trees, , Granite Flexible Preformed Rock Ponds choose something which doesn't grow , Gardening - Hibiscus Plant Care too tall, too quickly. Bear in mind that some trees, , Mint: The Herb of Hospitality such as lilac, need dead-heading once the flowers , Metal Sheds are finished.
  • Shrubs. Some shrubs , 10 Tips to Care for Your Antique Ceramics have flowers , The Basic Steps to Bamboo Gardening and some don't, some are evergreen and some aren't. In the main, they need pruning , Create the Perfect Patio: Finding Great Furniture to keep a tidy shape, about once a year but otherwise are fairly forgiving.
  • Roses provide lovely colour , The Best Types Of Fish For Your Garden Pond but they do need a little care. Dead flowers , Delivery must be removed and spraying against a variety of pests , Pond Construction and diseases , Robotic Lawn Mowers Keep Burglars Away is almost always needed. Some varieties have been bred to be disease-resistant, so for less effort, choose one of these.
  • Perennials. Perennials , Grow Herbs in your Garden for Pleasure and Profit do nothing for the first year if you grow , Aperitif Hybrid Tea Rose them from seed , How to Extend Your Living Space Outdoors - Working with Color so you will need a nursery bed , Cymbidiums Orchid Plants - What You Need To Grow Successfully or buy them ready to plant , Create the Perfect Patio: Finding Great Furniture from a garden , A Quick Overview of Outdoor Hot Tubs centre. They will, however, reappear year after year for about 3 or 4 years when they will wear out and need replacing. Some perennials , Want to Build a Pond? can be split at the end of flowering , A Bit About Bare Root Roses... to increase your stocks. Dead-heading prolongs the flowering , How to Read a Seed Catalog period.
  • Annuals are lovely for a splash of colour , International Flower Delivery and unless left to seed , Gardening - Growing Tasty Tomatoes themselves will need replacing every year. They are great for growing , Maintaining Your Landscaped Yard in pots , Weed Control Facts - Winning the Battle of the Weeds or hanging baskets and they bloom for far longer if dead flowers , Landscaping Lessons-Proper Placement Of Trees In Landscape Design are removed so are somewhat labour , Landscaping - Using Native Plants Saves Water intensive. Don't grow , Japanese Beetles - The Plain Truth About Traps... And A Tiny New Winged Hope! perennials or annuals , Create the Perfect Patio: Finding Great Furniture in other than a raised bed, , Grow Herbs in your Garden for Pleasure and Profit if you have a bad back!
  • Bulbs and corms. These vary tremendously. Some can be left in the ground year after year with little attention and some need to be dug up and stored. When choosing, consider what storage facilities are available. You won't want dahlia tubers living in the cupboard under your stairs.

    The easiest way to start is to draw a plan , Improvements in Robotic Lawn Mowers of your garden , Want to Build a Pond? and divide the beds , How to Read a Seed Catalog into manageable areas. On your plan, , Japanese Beetles - The Plain Truth About Traps... And A Tiny New Winged Hope! mark each bed , Summer Vacation and Your Pond as to the light , Fountains Through All Ages - An Overview of Landscaping Wonders it gets and whether there is any shade (full, dappled) and the state of the soil , Tick Bites (e.g. dry, boggy, etc.).

    Next, decide whether you want to have formal colour-schemes for the whole garden , ing - Hibiscus Plant Care or individual beds. , Tick Bites Do you want a "shrubbery" or a "rose garden" or are you going to mix everything in together?

    If you already have pergolas or trellises in place , Hot New Sunflowers to Grow then you obviously anticipate growing , A Quick Overview of Outdoor Hot Tubs climbing plants, , Japanese Beetles - The Plain Truth About Traps... And A Tiny New Winged Hope! so mark these in on your plan. , Outdoor Living Cleanses The Mind, Body, and Spirit

    For beds , Gardening Tips and Tricks for Late Autumn which have a boundary fence or wall, , How to Choose the Most Economical Pond Pump work from the back in terms of plant , Improvements in Robotic Lawn Mowers height. There's no point planting something which will ultimately be four feet tall in front of something which never reaches more than two feet. Bear in mind that plants , Don't Treat Your Soil Like Dirt bush out. When I first started gardening, , The Basic Steps to Bamboo I was so keen to fill all the spaces that I had to keep moving plants , Hot New Sunflowers to Grow around as they became larger and overcrowded.

    Circular beds , International Flower Delivery (for example in the middle of lawns) look best with plants , Japanese Beetles - The Plain Truth About Traps... And A Tiny New Winged Hope! of similar height but if you want some tall and some short, work from the centre towards the edges.

    Whichever style of bed , A Quick Overview of Outdoor Hot Tubs you have, remember that you're going to have to reach those plants , Japanese Beetles - The Plain Truth About Traps... And A Tiny New Winged Hope! at the back or in the centre, in order to prune , The Garden Beckons or dead-head them so leave a bit of room , Flower Delivery to manoeuvre. Better still, put down some flat stones , Don't Treat Your Soil Like Dirt which you can stand on while working in the bed. , Easy Tips For Planting Garden Bulbs

    When you've decided on the plants , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (Part 5) Growth you want and have marked them on your plan, , Choosing Lawnmowers For Cutting Grass On Tennis Courts make a note of the planting requirements (depth, distance apart), feeding and watering regime and ongoing care (e.g. pruning). You'll be glad of this organisation when you come to actually putting the stuff in the ground.

    Look out for the next article on preparing your beds , Landscaping Lessons-Proper Placement Of Trees In Landscape Design and actually doing the planting.
    Michael Russell - EzineArticles Expert Author

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