Planting some colour in your garden all the year round


plantnggarden A little planning can make your garden a colourful place that you can enjoy right through the year and each season, even if you are not a habitual gardener.

If you initially assess the do-it-yourself plans for your garden before embarking on planting a low-maintenance garden plot this autumn, you will be relieved of heavy work later. Whatever the size of your garden, regardless of whether it is a roof top terrace or a large garden, you can then choose the type of plants you will have there.

You can do three basic checks in order to make sure you can enjoy happy and healthy plants, rather than having to tend poorly grown plants at a later stage:

The type of soil
Is your soil silty, sandy, or clayey? If it sticks together somewhat like plasticine it is clayey, while if the texture is gritty it is sandy soil. Loamy soil with the highest nutrient value is accepted as being the best kind of rich soil to cause your plants to thrive.

Aspect of the soil
Which way does your garden face? Examine your garden in the daytime and note whether it is receiving full or partial shade. A south facing plot will usually have more light while a north facing garden could be damper and darker. Your tall trees might also be blocking the sunlight from your borders.

The pH
To examine the alkalinity and acidity of the soil you can purchase a kit for soil testing. You can then purchase your plants which are tolerant of your soil and conditions. Azaleas and rhododendron like acidic soil but will not thrive in alkaline soil.

Now that you have learned about the type of garden you own, you can read labels on the plants you purchase to match them. A scrapbook will help you remember details together with instructions for pruning.

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