Just as windows are the eyes to the home, plants and flowers are the finishing touches that bring much-needed wow-factor to any outside space. Whether used sparsely or in spades, the color, texture, and layers provided by well-chosen options can certainly transform your yard. Unfortunately, you might not have the first idea of how to get started. This is especially the case considering the scope of your options. In reality, though, each type of plant is as unique as your lawn itself, highlighting your need to take your time and get this right.
Of course, even you know that you can’t plant flowers or other additions onto a lawn that’s poorly kept and overrun. Hence why you should start as you mean to go on by either getting to work yourself or employing the help of a lawn care company to ensure the best possible foundations for your efforts. Aside from that, you’re going to want to tailor your plant/flower collection by keeping the following crucial considerations in mind.
# 1 – The space you’re working with
Failing to consider the size of their yard is perhaps the worst mistake people make when choosing their plants, leading to overrun spaces, or small plants that look lost in a sizable yard. To avoid this, it’s essential to begin by considering the space that you’re working with, and which plants would realistically fit within that. For example, small yards will generally work best with slim, tall plants like ferns or primrose. By comparison, larger yards require plants that can really fill out the space, like delphinium and giant lilies.
# 2 – Your quality of soil
If you aren’t exactly a keen gardener then it’s easy to assume that soil is soil, but that’s most definitely not the case. While there are plants that are relatively adaptable to different soil types chrysanthemums are a great example of this), even these have their preferences for prime growing.
As such, taking the time to understand your soil, either by seeing what the neighbors are up to or investing in soil testing kits, can help to narrow down your options and prove which plants are going to look best here.
Individuals with highly acidic soil may find that plants like rhododendrons do best. Equally, clayey soil can be best for evergreens and shrubs, while sandy soil is often best for plants like tulips.
# 3 – Always remember aspect
Make sure, too, that you’re taking the aspect of your garden into account before you invest in any plants, as each option is going to thrive differently depending on this factor alone. For instance, north-facing gardens are typically best for plants like hydrangea, while south-facing gardens are often at their best when housing plants like poppies and lavender.
Knowing where to start with plants in your garden certainly isn’t easy, but keeping these practical pointers in mind can at least help you to narrow things down to only the best for the garden that you’ve got.