January is the perfect time to start planning the garden of your dreams – whether you have a blank canvas, or established flowerbeds. New to gardening? No problem! Here are some tips to help you figure out the best way to get planting.
Plan for a low-maintenance outdoor space
Whether you prefer to sketch out your thoughts on paper or go high-tech with specialized software, keep your garden plan simple, so you’re not spending every spare moment watering, weeding and fussing over plants that aren’t getting enough sun. To get ideas about choosing the best varieties for your front or back yard, drop in on a meeting of your local horticultural society, talk to a master gardener at a neighborhood nursery, or read up on which perennials are hardiest for your zone – healthy plants that come back each year are a new gardener’s BFF!
Design from big to small
Is your garden one flat patch of grass? If you envision different outdoor ‘rooms’, you’ll want to select trees and shrubs first. Opt for varieties that are pest-resistant and easy to maintain. Then, you can group different plants of varying heights within your flowerbeds, from tall, swaying ornamental grasses to fragrant groundcover. Remember that you’ll need to delineate your beds with sharp edges, which is simple to do when you have the right tools, such as the Garden Weasel Edger Chopper.
Seeds or Seedlings?
If you love the idea of an edible garden, you’re not alone! Growing your own veggies and herbs makes for deliciously healthy meals for your family. It’s important to know that some plants – such as beans, carrots, lettuce, peas and cucumbers – thrive when they’re sown directly into the soil as seeds. This is also the most affordable way to start a garden. However, other varieties – like tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, kale and broccoli – are easier to grow from seedlings, especially if you live in a cooler climate with a growing season.
Create a restful oasis
Whether you long for a cascading water feature, an outdoor fireplace or a spot to listen to music while enjoying an evening cocktail, begin by choosing comfy and weather-resistant furniture to sit on, lighting that highlights your garden and a private space for your guests to gather. Even if your garden is limited to a small patio, you can surround yourself with lush plants in pretty containers, or use the vertical space on your railing or fence to add color and texture.
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