Uniqueka Davis-McKinney Provides 9 Tips for Professional-Looking Gardening Design

Uniqueka Davis-McKinney

When it comes to planning a flower garden or landscaping a new area of your yard, there are so many choices to make. Most gardeners do not know where to start, but not to worry, Uniqueka Davis-McKinney has a wide range of experience in gardening, she provides helpful tips that will make garden design easy.

Garden Design: Getting Started

These are some things to consider before you begin planting your plants.

  1. How big is the area to be planted? How many plants will fit nicely without it turning into a jungle?
  2. What are light levels and growing conditions? Make sure your plants are well suited for the condition in which you live in.
  3. Where is it in relation to your house and other plants? How close to a water supply? Is there root competition from other shrubs and trees in the yard?
  4. What type of soil do you have?
  5. How much rainfall and moisture do you expect? Are the plants on a slope or in a low spot that collects lots of water?
  6. What USDA hardiness zone are you in? What type of climate do you live in?

These things will help you understand your own personal growing conditions.

The following are 9 tips for a professional-looking garden design:

  1. Use a variety of flower types, textures, and visual interest. If you plant a variety of flowers, it will create a resilient garden.
  2. Always mix in shrubs and grasses for texture and movement. Grasses and shrubs are habitat friendly.
  3. Plant for a long-lasting color. Choose perennials that bloom in the early spring, late spring, summer, and fall. It will look beautiful during all four seasons and it will provide a steady food source for the birds.
  4. Always use each plant in odd number groups, (3, 5, 7, 9, and so on).
  5. Use larger grouping of plants to create a more cohesive design.
  6. Choose plants with a variety of heights, short, medium, and tall to add a variety and avoid monotony.
  7. Space plants according to their mature sizes. This will help the plants naturalize and spread, keeping them more controlled.
  8. Use lots of groundcovers. They look better and provide fragrance and color to your garden.
  9. Use some evergreen plants. Grasses and shrubs and other plants with an interesting seed head to keep the garden interesting in dormant seasons.

Uniqueka Davis-McKinney designs by experience. She approaches her designs from the grower’s side of the equation.

Uniqueka Davis-McKinney
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