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Growing Beautiful Gardens

A beautiful garden doesn’t just happen. It takes some planning and preparation to create a garden that will give you a lovely outdoor space that also adds curb appeal to your home.

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Design your garden beds with your local growing conditions in mind. You should also consider the amount of time you will be able to devote to maintaining your garden, and the amount of physical labor you will be able to do. Keep your plans realistic, and even if you scale back the size of your garden beds, the plants you have will be better cared for and will grow better than if you had an area you couldn’t keep up with. Have a sketch of your plan with you when you shop for plants at the nursery. Follow it as closely as you can, so you won’t make impulse purchases that you later decide you can’t use in your garden. Your sketch doesn’t have to tell you exactly how many or what kinds of plants to buy. It should be a guide for you to use to picture the size and layout of your beds, light conditions, and general notes about your ideas for types of plants you would like. A good nurseryman can help you select the right plants for your locale that will fit your plan.

Plan your garden design using different height plants, and different colors of foliage and flowers. Create a visual texture by combining plants of different types, such as evergreen shrubs with flowering annual borders. Consider planting a perennial garden. Perennials will come back year after year, and once you have established your favorite garden plan with perennials, the yearly work and upkeep is easier than having to replant annuals every year.