One of the easiest ways to improve your home and increase its value is by adding a garden. A well-established garden is a great way to create a friendly feel for your backyard. It is important to try and create a garden that fits in with your home, as well as consider the future use of your garden.
The following article covers:
● Drought-resistant plants – these are hardy and increasingly popular garden plants that need very little maintenance.
● Cold-resistant plants – if you live in a colder environment your outdoor plants need to be frost and cold resistant.
● High-maintenance plants – while you may want a simple garden, plants that require more care often look better.
● Low-maintenance plants – if time is important, you will want to plant easy-to-care-for plants that don’t require much pruning or other maintenance.
● Understanding plant placement – you will need to understand how to place your plants to create layered effects in your garden.
Drought-Resistant PlantsNot only are drought-resistant plants good for the environment, they are also a lot easier to maintain. You can say goodbye to expensive sprinkler systems or annoying hand watering of garden beds. Here are a few drought-resistant plants:
● Wattle – a native Australian shrub with beautiful yellow flowers.
● Grasses – many decorative grasses (not lawn grass) need very little water.● Geranium – geraniums do not need much water and have lovely flowers.
If you live in a colder climate, you need to choose the right plants or you will be replacing everything after a cold snap. Many plants may seem fine until they have to bear the cold weather or a frost. A good tip is to buy from local nurseries or growers, as their plants will be better suited and adapted to the local conditions.
While it may seem strange to plant a high-maintenance garden, for some it is an enjoyable experience. It also means that you will have a more impressive garden. Roses are a great example of a fussy plant that, if maintained properly, will reward you with beautiful blooms!
On the other side are the low-maintenance plants. This can include easy-to-grow plants like bromeliads, or trees that won’t clog your pool cleaner with leaves. Whatever your situation, low-maintenance plants that you don’t have to constantly care for with fertiliser or pruning could be ideal.
Understanding Plant Placement
You will also need to understand plant placement and matching colours with your home. For instance, it is no good placing a shrub under your outdoor awning where it may block your window. Unless, of course, you plan to keep plants and trees properly pruned. You should always check the maximum size a plant will grow, both vertically and horizontally. This way, you can plant so that small plants are in the front and larger plants form backgrounds.