Consider your Lawn and Garden Design Plan
Before buying Flowers on impulse, only to find there is no suitable area in your Home Garden to plant them,
it will help to create a Lawn and Garden Plan. This Garden Design should account for the existing flowers,
plants, and trees, but also for any permanent structures including the house, walk-ways, and patios.
Of course, It is always very important to factor-in the mini-environment of your yard and garden,
as well the growing seasons in your area.
Make a plan, your home’s Landscape Design, then work your plan, allowing enough flexibility for your changing
tastes, or unavailability of certain items. Budgeting, time constraints, and your ability to perform the labor are also
considerations. Sketch a simple Site Plan, with approximate or exact measurements. Decide if any of the existing
plants can, or need to, be moved or removed. I also think it is important that you observe how your yard is really
Know your Yard and Garden
Is an area of lawn a social place in the evening, or for family BBQ s? Perhaps some space has been taken as
the kid’s playground. Although there might be walkways, are they the natural path you follow while walking in your
yard, or to get from Points A to B? You don’t want to plant where your flowers might be in your way or get trampled.
Make a visual inspection to observe which areas get sunshine for part or most of the day. What areas are shaded-
all day or partially? Do certain areas catch a breeze, or is air very still, perhaps blocked by surrounding buildings?
Also be sure you are not going to plant in waterways- those places of water run-off during rain storms.
Now comes the time to get down in the dirt. After creating your basic plan and making visual observations test the
soil for pH and Nutrient levels. Test in multiple areas, not just one place. Pay special attention not only to
your planned planting areas, but also to those places that are especially weedy, or where grass, or anything else,
doesn’t want to grow. Dig around a little- 6-12-18 inches deep; is the ground black, rich, and moist, with an ‘earthy’
odor, or do you have packed brown soil, or sticky clay, or sand and gravel, underfoot? With this information you
can gather the planting material, tools, and flowers you need.
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Prepare your Yard and Garden
With your physical and visual inspections complete you can then find the perfect flowers for your yard and garden.
Most plants prefer slightly-acidic soil, but there are some flowers that need alkaline soil to grow. You can also find
varieties of flowers that love sun, and others that do well in shade. Some flowers and plants are drought-resistant,
while others thrive in swampy, poorly-drained areas. You can plant for the soil you have or decide on Container
Gardening or Raised Bed Gardens. Containers and Raised Beds can eliminate most soil and drainage problems,
can allow for more flexibility in your Design, and are easier to maintain.
Finally you are ready to plant. How will you layout your garden plots? When possible, keep your Flowers away
from tree roots; they will compete for nutrients and moisture needed by your flowers. Do you plant in groups or
singly? Do you prefer a free-form or random appearance, or a more formal and structured look to your garden?
Before planting, place your chosen plants around the garden bed, still in their growing pots, to see how your
layout looks. Groups of 3-5 plants will usually look better than groupings of flowers in even numbers.
Now to plant your Flowers
Grouping flowers is good for a harmonious and organized appearance and colors and textures can be varied for
more visual interest. Re-arrange them until you are satisfied with the over-all look. Tall plants should be at the
back of the garden space, or in the middle, if the garden can be viewed from all sides. Re-arrange and re-group
until you are satisfied. Imagine the color of the flowers when they are in bloom. Colors may clash but can be
planted side-by-side if they have different blooming seasons. Foliage color is also important. Many plants have
leaves and foliage that are all shades of green, plus silver, grey, purple, red, yellow and variegated. This makes the
plants visually interesting long after the blooms have wilted and fallen. With some advanced planning, and proper
care and maintenance, you will have years of enjoyment from the Flowers you have planted in your Lawn and Garden.
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