It is a good idea to plan your garden ahead of planting time. It may be helpful to make a sketch of your garden area indicating what types of plants you want as well as where they will be planted.
The following is a list of considerations when selecting plants:
Choose plants that have a desirable flower color and foliage.
Know the potential size of the plant in order to fit proportionally within the garden.
Select plants that bloom throughout the growing season.
Determine the amount of sunlight in the garden area and select plants that will thrive with that amount of light.
Select plants that will grow well in the soil condition of the garden area.
Look for healthy plants that appear vigorous.
Choose plants that all have the same water requirements.
Avoid rootbound plants
Avoid plants that have insects or disease.
Keep in mind that some flower colors may not compliment other flower colors.
Flowers of red, pink, blue, and purple are "cool" colors and will soften a garden. Flowers of orange and yellow are "hot" colors and will brighten a garden.
Written by Kathleen Lewis
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