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Are you struggling to choose the right plants for your garden? Have you always wanted a garden but never entirely known where to start? Selecting the right plants for your garden can be fun but also tricky! With so many varieties of plants to choose from, it can be challenging to narrow down your options. Additionally, your yard has other aspects, such as the amount of sunlight, soil, and other factors to consider before selecting the plants you want for your garden.

Now let’s take a look at how plants can thrive in your garden!

Plan out your garden. It’s tempting to focus first on the plants you want, but it’s better to plan the whole garden first. What do you want your garden to look like? Do you want it to be formal and symmetrical? Or do you want it to have a more natural, flowing shape? Rather than starting with the plants, it would help to focus first on your garden’s structure — the paths, fences, and walls — and its space plan — the arrangement of different types of plants.

Get to know your soil. First, it’s essential to understand the concept of pH (potential of hydrogen) and how it relates to your garden. Soil is either pH neutral with a value of 7.0, acidic (anything below), or alkaline (anything above). Some types of plants thrive in particular kinds of soil.

You can also change the pH level of your soil to help you achieve the results you want for certain types of plants. For plants like hydrangea, use acidic soil if you wish to it with blue petals. If you want it to grow with pink petals, use alkaline soil.

Where is your garden facing? The direction your garden faces (North, South, East, or West) impacts what you can grow in it. You’ll probably be able to identify your garden’s direction by the sun’s path for a year, but you can also use a compass.

  • Try woodland plants like hellebores, snowdrops, and pulmonaria for North-facing gardens. Evergreen perennials like bergenia, foliage plants such as fatsia japonica, soft shield fern, euphorbia’ Mrs. Robb’s Bonnet,’ hosta’ sum, and substance,’ alchemilla mollis.
  • For gardens facing South, consider planting parthenocissus henryana, ivy and ferns, and daphne. For flowers, add brunnera, iris, salvia, chamomile, and fragrant lilies of the valley while they are in bloom.
  • In a West-facing garden, you want plants that can withstand large amounts of sun and heat. Brightly colored flowers are often a good bet for this type of garden.
  • East-facing gardens are unique. These gardens tend to be cooler than those facing other directions. This means they’re perfect for plants that prefer shade or partial shade.

Color Scheme. When planning your garden’s color scheme, consider your style and the space you’re working with. If you like to keep things simple, stick to no more than three colors. If you want a wilder look, or if you have a larger outdoor space and are looking to create distinct patches of flowers, go ahead and use as many colors as you like.

The climate in your area. If the plants in your garden keep on dying, don’t be discouraged! It might be because the plants you keep are not matched with the weather in your area. Before buying seeds or plants, it’s essential to know what kind of climate you live in. This will allow you to choose various plants that will thrive in your environment and help you avoid wasting time or money on plants that are doomed to fail in your garden.

Hire a landscaper. It’s a good idea to consult with an expert in the industry for your garden. A professional landscaper can help you choose the right plants for your garden. If you’re ready to build your dream garden with the right plants, reach us here at Medford Landscape Design, and let’s create the garden you want to achieve!

Medford Landscape Design is a highly regarded and respected full-service landscaping company on the North shore.

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