How To Plan Out Your First Flower Garden

Posted on Aug 7, 2018 9:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

How To Plan Out Your First Flower Garden | The Experienced Gardener

Designing a garden is such a fun part of being a gardener. Before you buy anything  at all, sit with a notebook and plan everything out. A lot of people decide to start gardening and go into it blindly, heading straight to the nursery and gathering up any flowers that they think are pretty, without even knowing what they are. We understand the urge to start right away, but taking care of your garden will be much easier and more likely successful if you plan it out first.

When designing or planning your garden, there are a few things you should absolutely do. 

Using A Raised Garden Bed

You might think it’s fine to plant your flowers directly into the soil at ground level, and it is, but it’s far from ideal. When you see nice gardens in magazines, they’ll almost always have raised garden beds. This isn’t just because it looks good (although it does tend to give gardens a more finished look). When you raise your garden, it separates it from your lawn or other parts of your yard completely. This helps because it keeps any common lawn weeds from creeping into you flower garden. It will also help protect your fragile flowers from harmful pests that might be in your lawn.

Pick Easier Flowers The First Time Around

Since you’re a new gardener, it’s smart to pick flowers that are easier to manageable. First of all, do your research and make a list of easy, pest-resistant and disease-resistant types of plants. To get you started, here is a blog we wroteabout flowers that we recommend for first time gardeners. Make a list of flowers that you think look nice, and are easy to care for before you go to the nursery, so that you know what to look for, and don’t get overwhelmed by all the choices.

Use The Internet For Inspiration

Social media can be a great tool to help any type of project that involves design, from cooking to interior design. Gardening is no exception to that rule. Obviously there are many different social media channels that you can use to look for gardening inspiration and flower recommendations. If you’re looking for a good place to start, try Pinterest.

Hire A Designer

If you’re completely overwhelmed, you’re not alone. For many people, planning out a garden can be a daunting task. Luckily for you, there are plenty of experts who can help you. Hire a local landscaper to help you draw up some plans for your garden that can help assure it’ll bloom successfully.

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