There are many approaches you can take when planning garden beds, but taking a tiered approach and thinking in terms of pleasing plant partnerships will put you on the fast track to creating an attractive gardenscape. Of course there are a few general, but critical, rules to keep in mind when choosing plants for any garden location:
- Choose plants that will thrive under the sun, soil and drainage conditions available in the garden location, such as Paeonia Peony and Leucanthemum (Shasta Daisy).
- Choose plants that thrive under similar watering and light conditions, such as Hosta (Plantian Lily) and Hemerocallis Daylily (Daylily).
Sketching out a basic plan before you start choosing plants will make plant selection easier.
- Decide on a basic color theme. Unless you are creating an English garden, choose one main color to tie the garden together. You can increase variety by selecting flowers that repeat your theme color in different shapes, sizes and hues.
- Choose two accent colors that can be repeated in different flowers here and there within the garden space to add sparkle and contrast to your overall theme.
- You can, of course, feature additional colors in your garden, but limiting the number of colors will make for a more stunning visual display.
- In creating a tiered garden plan, you will achieve a more natural look if you don’t think in rows of plants stretching across the garden, but rather in plant groupings – with tall plants toward the rear, mid-sized plants toward the middle or sides, and low-growing plants toward the front.