Before completing plant design installation, we recommend doing some groundwork. Consider the following 5 tips to create the perfect design for any spring garden.
Start gathering ideas during the winter by sifting through garden magazines, catalogs, and websites to find ideas. Throughout this process, keep a notebook nearby to write down ideas, too. If one of our clients sees a flower that they like, we tell them to find out what it is or take a picture of it. Then they keep all of their ideas in one place and show us when they meet with us.
Make a Plan
Draw out a picture of the landscape and include any landmarks or architectural structures that already exist. Then consider what activities will take place in the space. Include a swing set or other play equipment for children, or add a dining area for entertaining guests. Some of our clients find it helpful to take a picture of the space, print the picture out, and write out ideas right on the picture to help envision how things will look.
Consider the Layout
Just because one area is super shady and another area gets direct sunlight all day long doesn’t mean that they can’t be used in the design. Even flat and steep areas of the yard can be incorporated into the design. We know which plants will thrive in each area, so every part of the yard can look its best.
Stray from Rows
Some people purchase flowers and start planting them in rows. Don’t do it! Instead of rows, consider grouping perennials in sets of 3 and annuals in sets of 12. Of course, more of each plant can be included in the design.
Mix Things Up
Don’t be afraid to mix things up to create a beautiful design. Vegetables don’t have to stay in a vegetable garden. Many vegetable plants are colorful, which makes them great to add to any garden. Also, roses and herbs don’t have to be segregated from the rest of the plants. Mix things together to create a unique design. Try juxtaposing spiky and tall plants with soft and short ones. Mix large bold flowers with small delicate ones. Consider adding fragrant plants, too.
Before starting plant design installation, take a step back and think about it. We can help you create the perfect landscape for a spring garden. With the plan in mind, we can help plant and nourish the design to keep it healthy and thriving throughout the year.