Monthly Archives: December 2013

Picking the Right Plants for Your Project

A garden is a large commitment, one which should not be entered into lightly. To maintain a garden effectively you’ll have to put in a good deal of work and time, dealing with pests, defeating weeds and providing each of your plants with the conditions necessary to allow it to thrive. However, there are ways to make your job as a gardener simpler, and the most significant of these is as simple as this: pick the right plants for you specific project. Everyone has different needs,  different things they want to get out of their garden. For some, the extra maintenance is worthwhile, for it allows them to utilize whatever plants they wish, but for others simply having a good looking garden is enough. If you’re in the latter category, take the time to consider the following tips:

  • Purchase Low Maintenance Plants: This is the most direct way to lessening the burden of a garden without sacrificing aesthetics. There are plenty of plants that, though beautiful, don’t require very much maintenance at all. Purchasing low-water plants, for example, can greatly reduce the amount of time and effort you’ll have to put into maintaining your garden overall. Building a garden is like adopting a pet: the more needy it is the more time you’ll have to spend tending to it.  Keep that in mind.
  • Keep Your Budget in Mind: Keeping your budget in the forefront of your thinking is a great way to ensure that you’ll never spend too much on your garden, no matter what. Generally, smaller plants are cheaper than larger ones. However, they are more brittle and are more easily damaged by pests or weather. Basically, you have to decide which is more important to you: saving money or performing less maintenance. Some plants allow you both, but they are few and far between. If you want to spend less effort maintaining your garden you may have to stretch your budget a bit. Decide upon what your priorities really are early in the process.
  • Decide on an Aesthetic Plan: The other thing about larger plants, besides the added expense of purchasing them, is that they generally make a bigger, more immediate statement than smaller ones. The plants you buy need to fit your budget and correspond to your schedule, but that doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice looks. Pick an aesthetic early on and stick to it.