Spring is almost here and those green thumbs are aching to be digging in the ground and creating a beautiful garden. Regardless of how big or small your gardening space is it can be beautiful. There are many different design ideas in regard to the look, feel, and layout of your garden. This article is going to discuss five different ideas for your consideration when planning your spring planting adventures. Having a garden doesn’t always mean you are planting food. There are many other types of gardens such as flower gardens, rose gardens, and rock gardens.
Color is something to consider when making landscaping decisions. Color is the first thing people notice about a flower garden. Having complementary shades together and in an aesthetically pleasing pattern is an important technique to discuss. For example, if the color red is the main color of your garden then the additional flowers need to complement this shade. Pinks, whites, and some purples will compliment red and will make good additions to a garden with red as the focal point.
Once the focal point has been determined, then the layout needs to be decided on. Is this garden going to be a circular, oval, square, or straight line? Determining this will determine the layout of the color scheme. When designing your garden based on the color it works best for a garden that is going to be circular or in a semi-circle so that the colors can be grouped together and the beauty can be shown together.
Here are some plants to consider based on different color schemes:
- Focal Color: Red Complementary Color: Pink Complementary Color: White
- Red Tulips Pink Hyacinth White Daffodil
- Red Salvia Pink Cosmos Queen Anne’s Lace
- Red Amaranth Pink Garden Phlox White Cleome
- Focal Color: Blue Complementary Color: Yellow Complementary Color: Purple
- Cornflower Yellow Daffodil Purple Verbena
- Blue Scilla Yellow Iris Heliotrope
- Caryopteris Goldenrod Rose Campion
Roses are a very popular flower to give and receive. There is just something about a well-cared-for rosebush that is astounding. The scent of fresh roses will take your breath away. If you can successfully care for a Rose bush or a rose garden you have a very green thumb and should be very proud. Planting rose bushes along the perimeter of your home adds beauty and value. Here are some landscaping tips for working with rosebushes.
A rose flowerbed size needs to be at least 2’x2’x2′. To plant a rose bush the flowerbed must be prepared by digging a hole and mounding the loose dirt into a cone shape inside the whole. This cone is what you set the rose roots on so that the roots are guided on where to attach.
Roses need six hours of sun per day but not the burning afternoon sun, but rather the morning sun that slowly dries up the dew. The afternoon sun is too hot and will cause the roses to fade or shrivel. Plant rose bushes on a side of the house that has lots of morning sun and lots of afternoon shade.
Planting garlic near the rosebushes will keep bugs away and this will keep disease away from the flowering buds. Experts recommend that once a week the plants be sprayed with a solution of water and dish soap or insecticidal soap to keep the plants free from diseases and to keep them flourishing. Rose bushes also require lots of watering. They should have at least two thorough watering a week.
Every color of rose has a different meaning. When picking the rose bush you wish to plant it’s important to know the meaning behind it, especially if you plan to give it as a gift to anyone.
- Red-Romantic Love Purple-Love at First Sight
- Coral and Orange-Desire Yellow-joy and friendship
- Pink-gratitude and appreciation Peach-Sympathy or gratitude
- White reverence or humility Black-too risky to give.
The entryway into your home is the first impression that a guest will have of your home. Many homeowners are landscaping the area right around their front door and investing all their landscaping energy there rather than anywhere else. Since the entryway is so close to the house it allows you to personalize the garden more and include customized things without having to worry about them blowing away or getting stolen. Each entryway is a little different so each design will be different.
However, basic elements can be applied to each entryway: make the garden fit in with your home’s color and design, make sure the elements of the garden welcome guests into the home, and make sure the garden catches the guest’s eye. A brightly colored welcome or floral arrangement on the front door, a nicely manicured shrub, some daisies, climbing vines, and yard ornaments all of these are welcoming sights and will make beautiful eye-catching entryways into your homes.
Low-Cost gardening for a large area
Gardening can become quite expensive depending on the size of the garden. Individuals with a large fenced yard or a large backyard full of luxurious trees often plant flowers around the perimeter of the fence line. Another option is to plant flowers all around the trees and scattered about so that it feels like a field of wildflowers. Use the following tips when trying to garden on a budget.
- Use cuttings of plants that you especially like from others’ established plants.
- Invest in bulbs that multiply such as daffodils.
- Purchase plants that self-seed such as cleome, cosmos, forget-me-nots, and hollyhocks.
- Purchase long-living perennials such as peonies.
Rock gardens can be a perfect accent to your entryway flower garden or even the end cap to your yard landscape. Rock Gardens are very popular and very versatile. Flowers are incorporated into the Rock Gardens and some even make water fountains out of the rock garden. Rocks come in all shapes, styles, textures, and colors. When selecting the primary rock type it needs to complement the colors of your home.
The primary rock will be the focal point and a complementing color will need to be selected for smaller accent pieces. Flowers can be inserted into the rock garden also. The flowers just need to be ones that don’t require a lot of soil nutrients or water. Flowers that will work well in a rock garden include Northern sea oats, Blue fescue, Maidengrass, Autumn Joy, and Moonbeam coreopsis.
Landscaping and Gardening are no longer just foods or plants – they are that and so much more. Incorporate all the landscaping techniques that you enjoy and have fun making an outdoor haven.