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How to Select Plants for Your Garden

Picking Landscaping Plants

It is a good idea to plan your garden ahead of planting time. It may be helpful to make a sketch of your garden area indicating what types of plants you want as well as where they will be planted.

How to choose the best plants for your garden:

  • Choose plants that have a desirable flower color and foliage.
  • Know the potential size of the plant in order to fit proportionally within the garden.
  • Select plants that bloom throughout the growing season.
  • Determine the amount of sunlight in the garden area and select plants that will thrive with that amount of light.
  • Select plants that will grow well in the soil condition of the garden area.
  • Look for healthy plants that appear vigorous.
  • Choose plants that have similar water requirements.
  • Avoid rootbound plants. These plants will appear to be very tightly crammed in the pot and the roots may be coming out of the bottom of the container.
  • Avoid plants that have insects or disease. Firmly press your finger on the surface of the soil – if small bugs fly out, do not select the plant.
  • Keep in mind that some flower colors may not compliment other flower colors.
  • Flowers of red, pink, blue, and purple are “cool” colors and will soften a garden. Flowers of orange and yellow are “hot” colors and will brighten a garden.
How to choose the best plants for your garden