A Garden Plan


Now that the holidays are over and life is starting to get back to normal, I thought this would be a good time to start planning your garden for the Spring.  If you are like me when Spring arrives you are in the garden centres buying plants that are on sale that you probably don’t really need but that seem like a good idea at the time.  Hopefully, by having a Plan you will buy “just enough“, a little planning goes a long way.  Take a few minutes to think about your layout – look at pictures you took last year.

Lets start planning

  • Look at last year’s garden – how did it do?
  • What would you like to highlight?
  • Make adjustments;
  • Know your Zone – climate is a dominant factor in plant growth;
  • Take note of buildings and trees that may block areas in your yard, ie. sun, shade and wind;
  • Make a drawing – sketch out your garden, it doesn’t have to be a masterpiece, it just helps give you a better idea;
  • Have a budget – if you don’t you will most likely overspend;
  • Decide if you will buy
    • Annuals – they are a one-season splash of colour, blooming immediately, or
    • Perennials – they will grow and spread for years, sometimes more costly but represent a permanent addition to your garden;
  • Make your own garden decorations – before buying decorative items recycle and reuse household items to create a unique look.

items for the garden

So go ahead curl up on the couch, grab your favourite drink, graph paper, pencil and pictures of your garden.  Look outside your window, dream you are in your garden and have fun!