Plan before Planting

“Anyone who thinks that gardening begins in the spring and ends in the fall is missing the best part of the whole year. For gardening begins in January, it begins with a dream.” ~ Josephine Nuese

Landscaping is a great investment you can make in your property – it can enhance the beauty and value of your home. Whether you want to simply add new plants to your existing landscape or renovate your entire property, now is a great time to start thinking about and planning the garden or outdoor living space you’ve been wanting. Here are some tips to planning a new space:

• Consider designing your beds on paper first. It’s easier to erase pencil on paper than to move plants around in your garden!

• Always plan based on a plants full growth size. If you garden ends up looking too spaced out you can fill in with annuals until the plants mature.

• If you are designing a mixed border along a hedge, house or fence, allow yourself ample space. Ideally this includes, 8 feet or more for plantings and 2 feet of open space in the rear for air access and easy maintenance.

• Whether you are designing a mixed border, a perennial border or an island around a tree, divide your space up into tall, medium and short. Start with taller plants in the back and work your way toward the front.

• Consider plants that bloom across different seasons. Alternate different season bloomers with each other so you always have something blooming across your area.

See this article for additional design tips.  Ready to dig?  Check out our Successful Planting Guide.

Need more help? Atlantic Avenue Orchid & Garden offers landscape design and installation services. We can transform your environment into that special place you have always envisioned. Call (919) 878-8877 or email today!