Get Growing with Gardening Tips
Spring is in the air, and the time is right for designing, planting and updating your garden. Whether you’re starting from scratch or updating an existing garden, here are some tips you can follow to get your green thumb in shape!
Elements of Garden Design
Garden design is subjective, so feel free to express your unique tastes. If you like color, plant a variety of flowers and shrubs that bloom in different months, so there will always be something in bloom. Depending on where you live, consider plants that attract butterflies and humming birds, which are always a joy to see.
Choose Your Foundation Plants
To give your garden some structure throughout the year, choose some good foundation plants such as evergreens and dwarf conifers, which stay green all year. Also decide if your garden will have a path or large stones that should be placed first.
Create a Focal Point
Every garden, no matter what its size, benefits from a focal point. Your focal point can be a particular tree or grouping of plants, or a structure, such as a waterfall.
Many gardeners like to start with color because it’s a fun design element. Experimenting is the best way to get to know what colors work for you and your garden space, but new garden designers should start with no more than three colors that work well together.
Texture and Form
When you shop for trees, shrubs and flowering plants notice the texture and shapes of leaves and flowers. Try selecting a variety of textures that work well together and bring out the best qualities of each plant, when placed near each other.
End of Summer Suggestion
Some perennials like hostas and shasta daisies can be divided and moved at the end of the growing season when the cooler months approach. If some of your favorite plants have grown thick and hardy during the summer, use this opportunity to create a new garden in another area of your yard or give some to a fellow gardener