What to consider to help you put your garden plants in the right place, help them thrive, and create the look you desire.
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Using contrasting shapes, colors and textures will bring drama and interest to your garden. How you go about combining them will reflect your own design flair.
Many people use bedding plants to provide color interest, supported by structural planting to give shape and height to flower beds. The use of interesting leaves as a backdrop to blocks of colored flowers creates a more stimulating view than the regimented rectangles typical of municipal planting.
Using the color and texture of leaves to produce a particular mood can also provide a central theme around which you can build the other elements of your garden design.
For a less formal display, a scattered approach to color using a mixture of hues can bring excitement to an area or highlight a focal point.
Using annuals and perennials to provide displays that will return year after year will limit your maintenance and planting requirements each season.
Also, place the plants you need to trim or prune regularly in a position where it is easy to reach them keeping their upkeep as simple as possible. Foliage which grows rapidly or spreads quickly can be closely surrounded by other plants to constrain the growth, keeping down the need to regularly trim.
If you want to fill your senses as you enjoy your garden then place your scented plants where you can smell them easily or where you might brush against them as you walk through your garden. Scented plants are well suited to positions at the edge of garden walls where you can run your fingers along them to diffuse their perfume.
All gardens have shadier and sunnier spots, some damp areas and, hopefully, a few well-drained sections. The best location for each individual plant type will be different and your nursery or a plant guide book will advise you on the optimal conditions for each variety.
There are many plants suitable for direct sun and, as water supply becomes an increasing concern, a large number of drought-tolerant plants available for use in well-drained, sunny places.
For the wetter or shadier areas, you can select plants with a greater need for constant moisture. If you have the know-how, an irrigation system can be put in place to maintain plants requiring regular replenishment of water.
If you want a less complex way to keep in the moisture, a simple layer of mulch can do the trick. Remember in gardens with a slope that the water will drain down to the lowest point so plant accordingly and make sure there is somewhere for the water to drain away.
If your garden is prone to frosts and ice then place those plants which are less hardy and frost resistance against a wall or somewhere sheltered. Some structural plants can survive winter with a fleece or polythene cover around them.
If you think one of your plants may need that type of protection then make sure you place it where you can easily reach it and provide the insulation before the first frosts set in.
Finally, your garden should be a piece of self-expression. If you want to put something in a particular place just go for it and enjoy the unique scene you have created!