Did you know that approximately 3 million homes have a garden? Are you looking to add the perfect garden to your home? Whether you have a small space or a large space, you can make your garden inviting. You can certainly brighten up any space with some flowers, trees, and bushes.
Learn more about how to add the perfect garden to your home.
Any garden starts with making a budget. If you already have a garden area and need to add some upgrades, this may be cheap and inexpensive. If you are starting, this could cost you some additional money.
When making your budget, you should have an idea of the things you’re looking to add. Maybe you need some more plants. Maybe you’re looking to add in a fountain or a pond. There are so many fun things to add and change. If you need a little extra help with your gardening needs, the GraftinGardeners Tree Surgeons are there for you.
1. Survey Your Space
Is your garden going to be in the back of your home? Will it be on the balcony of your apartment? Will it look better in the front? Depending on your space, it is best to survey it.
You’ll want to walk around the space multiple times of the day. This survey will give you an idea of what areas get the most sun in the morning, afternoon, and evening. You’ll know if some areas are getting full sun the whole time. You can also see if any areas are entirely in the shade or mostly shaded.
Based on the amount of sun or shade the area gets, this is going to play a massive role in the kind of plants and trees you can add. A plant that needs full sun will only whiter if it is placed in a shaded area.
2. Plan Out Your Space
If you’re experienced with plants, you probably already have some in mind to add to your space. A lot of people want to incorporate their favorites whenever possible.
If you have a big backyard and some favorite plants in mind, this will help you fill your space. First, you’ll want to start by going back to your survey and remembering sun v. shade. From here, you can begin to add in the areas you wish to cover.
Adding in trees along your property line can give you some added privacy from neighbors if you don’t have a fence. Even if you do, by adding plants, you’ll be hiding some of the fence on your side.
This is also a great time to include a pond or a fountain. This process takes a little more time to install, so adding this first can help you decide what should go around it.
If you have a small space to fill with your favorite plants, then adding different levels will allow you to add more plants. This means you can have planters that are high off the ground. You can have hanging planters, planters that attach to walls, and everything else in between.
3. Manage Your Space
When it comes to managing your space, this is where you are choosing the right plants. If you have a small area, but the sky is the limit, consider adding some plants that can grow very tall. Other plants can grow horizontally instead of vertically, which can cause a problem in a small space.
Again, choosing the right plants for your space is going to take time. Don’t be afraid to ask the advice of some local stores.
4. Complement Your Plants
When it comes to designing an area of the garden, you want it to look put together. The plants will look like they are meant to be there. You can do this by mixing the plants.
You aren’t stuck to one plant in one area. Add a couple of plants that are colorful, but also include some that are green. This mixture is going to complement the plants overall.
5. Pick a Style
Styles can range from small plants to big plants, but you want to choose a style. The theme should be able to flow all across the garden. For example, do you want a garden that has a lot of vines? These plants give gardens a particular type of feel and style.
You could choose to have a lot of low plants. These plants can be in planters or pots. They can sit low to the ground and give it a dreamy feeling like walking through a field of flowers.
Another style is to have a lot of trees and shrubs. This allows for them to grow both up and to the side. They have free reign, but you may have to trim them from time to time.
6. Flower Palette
Plants come in many different shapes and sizes. Don’t be afraid to add lots of color to your space. For example, some colors are brighter than others, stay alive longer, and come back year after year. This is something to factor in when you are making these purchases.
You want to choose colors that are going to complement each other. This is going to allow the area to look complete and professional. If you add plants together, and the colors are clashing, it will give off a chaotic feeling. It will simply look too busy.
7. Lay the Groundwork
Depending on if you are using your backyard for entertainment purposes, you’ll want to lay the groundwork. This means adding any fixtures or walking areas that you want others to be mindful of.
If you want to let the garden bloom and blossom, and want your guests to stay in one area, it is recommended to add some pavers, bricks, or rugs. This also gives you an opportunity to add arbors and hanging baskets.
8. Raised Beds
If planting all your plants on the ground is not ideal, you should consider adding raised beds. This is simply a wooden-like box that can sit on any surface. This is filled with dirt and can be as tall as you’d like it.
This allows the plants to sit up higher, give the area more dimension, and fill up some unusable space. You can add plants and flowers to these beds, but it is not recommended to add trees that will grow larger than the bed. The roots would also be contained in the box.
9. Additional Ground Needs
Some people find the need to add mulch around plants. This gives the area a different look. The plants are going to seem brighter and appear more prominent. This is an extra cost you may not have considered before.
Although this is not necessary, many people find a need to add this. Mulch usually comes in bags, which can make it easier to spread.
10. Choosing Plants
Once your area is prepped, you’re ready to choose your plants. You can buy these plants from any local store that sells them. You could purchase them online, but they could likely become damaged while being shipped.
Some plants need more water than others and should live in a space that will allow them to receive that. Other plants choose to live in an area with less water. Not all plants are equal. It is essential to do your research before heading into a store to purchase them.
11. Plant Deals
If you’re looking to stay within your budget, there are a couple of tips and tricks to ensure you do. One example is to know if you want your plants to bloom in the same year they are planted. Some plants bloom at the same time every year like clockwork.
If you aren’t in a rush, you can save some money on buying plants that won’t bloom right away. For example, if you are buying a tree that will eventually bloom every year, but it hasn’t matured to that level yet, some stores offer discounts on these trees.
This is simply for the fact that people want to see results soon after they purchase them. If you aren’t one of those people, then it just might save you some money.
12. Dividing Plants
Have you ever had someone offer you a plant for free because they have so many? This is more common than some people realize. Some plants can grow and grow. If there is space in the ground for them, they do not stop.
This can be to your advantage. You can end up splitting these plants and selling them on the side. You’ll need to research which plants are known to do this, but it is very common.
13. Seasonal Plants
Keep in mind when you go shopping that some plants bloom at different times of the year. Many plants are known to bloom in the spring and the summer, but some choose to bloom during cooler months.
Don’t be discouraged if you don’t see your plant bloom in the early months. It could just be used to blooming at a different time.
14. Growth Spurts
Indeed, some plants grow incredibly fast. Once they are put into the ground and watered, they take off. They can bloom many times over the summer and allow your garden to flourish.
Again, plants all grow at their own speed, and some do grow faster than others. These plants can be a great addition if you need something to take up empty space or if you have an event happening soon at your home.
15. Varying Needs
If you plant something and don’t see it doing well in the environment, feel free to move it. How it does in an area can be based on several needs. The soil may be too wet all of the time, it could be affected by a neighboring plant, or it could just do better in another area.
You are not hurting or damaging the plant by digging it up and moving it. In the end, it might thank you and bloom in the new area.
16. Add Seating
If your garden seems to be missing something, you can add some seating. This can be a bench or a swing. This is the perfect opportunity to sit in your perfect garden and take in the views.
17. Self Seeding
Some plants drop seeds throughout their life cycle. This can also be known as self-seeding. This is a benefit for someone that doesn’t want to buy seeds and plants all of the time. These plants do all of the work for you.
18. Garden Landscaping
Depending on your area and what your goals are, landscaping can take a while to complete. Make sure you’re able to allow enough time for the completion of your project. In the end, you’re going to be happy you did it.
A fun thing about making a perfect garden is the ability to make it however you want to. You can change up the edging. This is the part that is between regular grass and the area that holds the plants or flowers.
For example, you can use rocks, bricks, or a nice plastic border. This can be as unique as you want it. It shows there is an actual line between the two spaces.
20. Add Treasures
You can add anything to your garden. If you go to the beach frequently, you can add a bunch of seashells to the space. If you go on hiking adventures and bring back some treasures, you can add some rocks to your garden.
Your garden doesn’t have to be made up of just plants and other garden materials. Since it is outside, you can add anything.
21. Use Recycled Material
If you happen to find an old wooden box at a garage sale, you can use this in so many ways. You can paint the box, glue items onto the box, you can leave it as it is, or you can combine it with something else.
Whatever you desire, you can always use a material that looks like it doesn’t have much life left. This helps to prevent this item from landing in a landfill.
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Whether you’re looking to spruce up your garden or completely redesign it, you can make it just like your dreams. Don’t forget all plants thrive in different environments, so pay special attention to their specific needs to create the perfect garden. Be sure to read more on our website about home improvement and the outdoors.