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.
- How big is the area to be planted? How many plants will fit nicely without it turning into a jungle?
- What are light levels and growing conditions? Make sure your plants are well suited for the condition in which you live in.
- 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?
- What type of soil do you have?
- How much rainfall and moisture do you expect? Are the plants on a slope or in a low spot that collects lots of water?
- 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:
- Use a variety of flower types, textures, and visual interest. If you plant a variety of flowers, it will create a resilient garden.
- Always mix in shrubs and grasses for texture and movement. Grasses and shrubs are habitat friendly.
- 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.
- Always use each plant in odd number groups, (3, 5, 7, 9, and so on).
- Use larger grouping of plants to create a more cohesive design.
- Choose plants with a variety of heights, short, medium, and tall to add a variety and avoid monotony.
- Space plants according to their mature sizes. This will help the plants naturalize and spread, keeping them more controlled.
- Use lots of groundcovers. They look better and provide fragrance and color to your garden.
- 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.