by Jocey K
Certain Plants Need a Particular Soil!
The purpose of the soil in your garden is to grow plants. You may wish to be utterly predictable, with turf grasses forming a central lawn which is edged with borders and spotted with flower beds. These beds and borders are filled with shrubs and bedding plants. You will almost certainly find room for some Rose bushes and a woody climber or two for your walls of your house. For a lot of the lure of home-grown vegetables is irresistible.
This standard pattern of the suburban garden is slowly changing, flowering shrubs, evergreen ground covers and small trees are rising in popularity, plus the classical herbaceous border is losing its charm.
You may wish to depart from your routine blueprint. There are folks who devote their front gardens to alpines and bulbs, others create Rose gardens, some generate natural gardens with shrubs and wild flowers, and then there will be the organized chaos of the cottage garden with its herbs, annuals and old-fashioned perennials.
The choice of plants you can pick from is kind of staggering. The catalogue of a seed nurseryman contains thousands of varieties, the list of a general nurseryman is much more incomprehensible with all of its shrubs, trees, climbers, herbaceous border plants, alpines, and so forth. A walk around an up to date garden centre is a most pleasurable encounter which was denied to our ancestors, but it is also a perplexing job when the idea is to pick a variety of plants which will be right for the garden.
You may think the choice is up to you. It is just a matter of liking the picture in the catalogue or the specimen at the garden centre. Well, no it is not – there are actually a variety of factors which should be considered if you do not want to waste a great deal of money, and many of the factors are outside of your control.
Follow the step-by-step guide below so as to make sure that the plants you want growing will thrive as part of your garden. You need the right plant from the appropriate supplier.
Step 1. Will you need a lasting feature or a temporary display? Trees and shrubs are used to form the everlasting living skeleton of your garden. Hardy perennials will survive in the garden for many years, but they do die down in your wintry months. Annuals are for short-lived display only. Do you want a labour-saving plant? Herbaceous perennials and ‘hobby plants’ such as Dahlias and Chrysathemums involve a lot of work – staking, feeding, dead-heading, separating etc. Most shrubs and trees involve just a little yearly maintenance, but well-timed pruning might be a necessity. If want leaves to remain over winter? Choose evergreen, but it is not always the perfect plant to grow. A Garden filled up with evergreens can look boring and monotonous – deciduous plants add an extra dimension with fresh leaves opening up in the spring and changing colours in autumn.
Step 2. Choose the correct plant type. What shape and size will be as what you want? One of the commonest errors in gardening is to buy a plant which at adulthood is much too large for the space available. Cutting back yearly means that both natural beauty and floral display are often lost. Always check the expected height before purchasing. What will the growing conditions be like? Check if your plant has clear-cut requirements regarding sunshine, temperature, soil, lime tolerance, drainage and soil moisture. Some plants are remarkably tolerant of extreme climatic and soil conditions, others are not. Nearly all annuals will require full sun, rockery perennials demand good drainage and Pieris, rhododendron, Camellia, Calluna and Pernettya detest lime.
Step 3. Is money your main consideration? Seed bought in packets or saved from your own plants is cheaper, but it may take years to raise a shrub or herbaceous perennial by this method. Rooted cuttings taken from plants in your garden are another economical supply of plant material. If simplicity is the main factor, containers have revolutionized planting out. Just choose a container grown specimen at any time of the year, dig a hole in the garden and pop it in. But containers aren’t quite that easy, but they are probably the most convenient and ‘instant’ of all plant materials.
Step 4. As a general rule you get what you pay for, but this doesn’t mean that there is a ‘best’ supplier for all situations. A ‘bargain offer’ from a mail order nursery can be the right choice if you are short of cash and have a big space to fill with common, garden shrubs, but in most cases it is preferable to look at what you are buying beforehand, and it is always wise to search out a supplier with a reliable reputation.
A fantastic quantity of my time is spent in my garden, but as I am getting older and things are becoming harder to do. I have decided to use a firm called Landscape Gardener. Up to now they have given me all the help and advice that I have asked for. I still do a bit of pottering around my own garden.