Whether you want to add a small perennial garden to your already established and well landscaped yard, or are re-doing an entire yard, planning a garden takes time and thought. Sketching a picture of your yard will help you remember important features that disappear in the winter months.
One of the most important factors in planting is the amount of sun those plants will be getting. If you’ve just moved to a new place or simply haven’t been paying much attention to what goes on in your yard, then begin to take notice of when and where the sun hits in the areas you’d like to turn into gardens.
You’ll have to watch through out the day and the sun will change it’s path depending on the season, but summer is when the plants will do most of their growing so having a sun-loving plant in a spot that gets plenty of sun is important.
Once you know about the sun, then search for plants that will work to your advantage in the spots they will like best. Make a list of the plants you’d like to have and sketch out the section of the yard where you plan to do the work. This helps me to remember what I planned to do. Next Spring I can read my notes and continue on with my plans.
I also like to keep track of where I bought my plants. That way, if I really love the color of the flower I may be able to go back and buy another one just like it.
As you can see in my sketch above, I plan to add a few hydrangeas along the back front area of my yard. That spot gets a good amount of sun and although hydrangeas can live in shady conditions, they don’t flower as well if they don’t have some sun so I think that might be a good spot.
Who knows, by next Spring I may have changed my mind!