It’s important that our outdoor spaces fulfil their full potential. After all, a well-designed garden or green space can make a huge difference to our mood. And maximising this impact will only amplify this benefit. However, you can’t conjure up an amazing garden overnight. You need to plan and you need to plan carefully.
Planning Plants for Quality
Time is of the essence when it comes to your planting plans and you need to ensure you set aside enough to give it serious thought. Being conscientious is crucial when it comes to gardens as you’re working with nature and, as we know, nature can be unpredictable and difficult to tame. But with the right plan you can deliver an amazing garden year after year.
If you want your planting plans to succeed then you need to follow these best tips:
- Categorise Your Plants: The best place to start is by categorising all of your plants. This allows you to build a database from where the rest of your planting plans can take root. The sort of categories you should work with are: trees, bulbs, perennials, climbers, shrubs and climbers. With this knowledge in place you will know exactly what you are dealing with and can plan with more confidence.
- Location, location, location: One of the most important aspects of your planting plan will be the location of your plants and trees. Certain plants, for example, will only thrive in shaded areas, so it’s vital that this requirement is respected. Likewise, other plants will need lots of sunshine and need to be positioned accordingly. You also need to bear in mind that plants will compete with each other for nutrients, so you can’t concentrate all your plants in one area. With all this in mind it’s helpful to sketch a visual plan before you start.
- Care Requirements: The plant world is one of the most diverse kingdoms on Earth. And, whilst this allows you to create eye-catching spectacles in your garden, it also means that caring for a garden is a challenge. Plants such as succulents, for example, will only need watering occasionally. But patches of grass will need watering up to three times a week in hot weather. And if you’re not prepared for the demands of your garden it can soon fall into disrepair. Therefore, make an inventory of the various care requirements for your garden and establish a maintenance routine.
- Time Your Planting: The endless variety offered up by plants represents yet another challenge. And it regards the time of year that your plants should be planted. But it’s one that can be handled easily. Different plants, after all, flower at different times of the year. Accordingly, you want to be planting them at the correct time to maximise their growth. Always make sure you thoroughly research the best seasons for each plant. You don’t, for example, want to plant snowdrops in Autumn as they will fail to grow.
Plan Plants to Succeed
As with all areas of life, planning is essential when it comes to succeeding. And this is never truer than when it comes to perfecting your garden. A well thought out planting plan will allow you to take each and every aspect of planting into consideration. The end result will be a garden that looks fantastic all year round.
Given the complexity of some of the points above, it can often pay dividends to consult a professional garden landscaper for support with your planting plans. For more information or advice, don’t hesitate to get in touch and speak to one of our expert designers.