Choosing the Right Plants for Your Garden

Choosing the Right Plants for Your Garden


There are so many different plants you can choose to give colour and decoration to your garden. Each plant requires different levels of care and various levels of light and water in order to thrive. This can make it difficult to figure out what plants to choose for your garden. In this article, we take a look at some tips for choosing the right plants for your garden.

Find out which way your garden faces 

The direction your garden faces will change the plants that are suitable for your space as it will alter the amount of sunlight you get into your garden at different times of the year and the day. A south-facing garden has the most sun all day long, including the evening. The sun will rise on the left and set on the right. This makes this type of garden more suitable for plants that love the sun. Look for plants that state they grow well in bright direct sunlight. These include plants such as Sedums, Mediterranean herbs and Alliums. 

North-facing gardens typically don’t see as much sun throughout the day as the house usually blocks much of the sun from entering the garden. However, this isn’t always the case if you have a very large or long garden. For those with a small north-facing garden, you’ll need to choose plants that are happy to grow in the shade. Look out for plants that state they grow well in the shade. Some examples include; Liriope, Erysimum and Bergenia.

West and east-facing gardens have more options; they usually get some sun in the day but less than a south-facing garden. You may also have patches of sun and shade, so choose your plants based on the area in your garden where you plan on placing them.

Plant maintenance

Another important consideration when choosing plants for your garden is the amount of maintenance you’ll need to do to keep the plants looking great. Many plants can be left to grow on their own with the occasional watering; these are called low-maintenance plants and are perfect for people that don’t enjoy gardening but still want the beauty of plants in their garden. Other plants need regular trimming, shaping, watering and the right amount of fertiliser to keep them looking good. These plants are better for people that enjoy gardening as a hobby and have the time to keep the plants in good condition. Examples of low-maintenance plants include Geraniums, Herbs and Agave. High-maintenance plants include Roses, Hydrangeas, Hostas and Bamboo. If you decide to employ a garden landscape designer to help with your project, make sure you let them know if you want to avoid high-maintenance plants.

Pets and garden visitors

It's important to take into consideration any pets that have access to your garden and any wildlife that might visit your garden. Do your research and check the plants you buy aren’t poisonous to your pets and wildlife. Some plants are poisonous for pets, so you’ll want to avoid these. Others can provide safe spaces for wildlife to live, feed and nest; these are great if you want to encourage more animals into your garden. 

Choose evergreens as a base

A great tip to keep your garden looking good all year round is to choose evergreens as a base for your plants. These will look beautiful in winter and even better in summer. When the weather gets warmer, you can add some extra colour to your beds using annual plants with bright, colourful flowers. Every garden should look nice in the winter and in the height of the summer. Learn more about evergreen plants

These are just a few tips you can use to help you select the right plants for your garden. Always read the details and description of every plant before placing it into the soil. This will give you a good indication of the type of plant, the amount of shade and sun it requires and the level of maintenance needed. In addition, it's essential to check to ensure the plants you use in your garden are safe for your pets and the local wildlife that regularly visits your garden.


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