Creating a vibrant and flourishing garden is a delightful endeavor that brings beauty, tranquility, and a touch of nature into our lives. However, the key to a successful garden lies in choosing the perfect plants that align with your vision, climate, and gardening skills. With an abundance of options available, selecting the right plants can sometimes feel overwhelming. That’s why understanding the principles of plant selection is essential for any aspiring gardener.
Each plant possesses unique characteristics, including growth habits, flowering seasons, and environmental preferences. By understanding these traits and assessing your garden’s specific conditions, you can curate a collection of plants that will thrive in their surroundings, resulting in a stunning and sustainable garden. Here are some things to consider when you’re choosing the perfect plants for your very own garden.
The first thing to seriously consider when choosing which plants are right for your garden is the climate you live in. Every plant has its own basic needs, including which climate they are able to thrive and survive in. Trying to grow plants in the wrong environment will result in a poorly nourished garden that likely won’t survive, let alone thrive. There are ways you can overcome growing a plant in an improper climate, due to weather changes, or inconvenience. With the use of a greenhouse, growing indoors, and investing in plant coverings/protection. Be sure to do your research and stick to plants whose needs you’re able to meet with the confinements of your climate.
The amount of space you have available in your garden is another helpful thing to keep in mind when you’re looking to find the best plants to suit your wants and needs. You’d be surprised how large certain varieties of plants can grow and just how much space they invade. Sometimes you’ll find yourself needing stakes and other helpful tools to hold up top-heavy flowers and produce plants. Educate yourself on the dimensions of the plants you’re looking to add to your garden before you get around to planting them.
Before you decide which plants are the best fit for your garden, ask yourself just how much time and energy you’re capable of putting into them. There are a hefty amount of plants that require very little effort to keep alive and thriving. Others need to be tended to consistently and particularly. Not to mention, the more variety you have throughout your garden, the more effort you’ll have to put into tending to each plant’s specific needs. If you want your plants to thrive, you’ll most likely have to spend extra time and energy making homemade fertilizer, setting up irrigation systems, and protecting them during inclement weather. Make sure you’re up to the task before deciding on which plants to add to your garden.
Not only should you think about the practicality of which plants you add to your garden. It’s equally important to consider aesthetics. Most gardening enthusiasts take real pride in the look and theme of their garden. Choose the plants that radiate the aesthetic you’re trying to achieve. Pair them with plants that add to their beauty and help them shine. You can choose plants that come from the same family, ones that share a similar color scheme, or balance the beauty of other plants in your garden.
Long-term vs. Short-term
You might have your selections for this growing season all figured out, but which plants will make an appearance next year? Once established, there are some plants that will grow back for many years to come. Then there are species that only flourish for one season and need to be replanted the following growing season. Think about which plants you’ll want to care for long term and how much you want to invest in ones that live in your garden short term