Published On: Wed, Jul 4th, 2018

How to Choose Best Plants for Garden

Too often gardeners buy plants on impulse. They choose plants for their color, the scent, or because they were told it would be easy to grow. This can lead to an unhealthy, unruly garden full of plants not suited for your home. Before you choose your garden plants, take time to think about what you should grow.

How to Choosing Best Plants for Garden

Check Your Soil

The first thing you need to consider is your soil. Some plants prefer soil that is slightly acidic, some need soil that is more alkaline. Testing the pH of your soil will give you a good idea of what you are working with and help you to determine the right plants to grow. Most gardening supply stores sell pH tests that you can do on your own to determine what soil you have.

You also need to take note of your soil type. Does it have more clay in it, is it sandy, or is the area often water logged. Different plants require different soil types to grow in. The easiest way to choose plants that will grow well in your garden is to look for native plants that have evolved to live in your area. Check with local greenhouses for local plants that are attractive and beneficial.

Work With the Space You Have

The next step in choosing the best plants for your garden is to look at what space you have. Large shrubs will over crowd smaller plants in a limited space. Trees too close can also rob water and nutrients from the soil that many plants will need to grow. If you want to grow vines you must have a place for them to travel up near your garden. The best plants are ones that naturally grow in conditions similar to what you have available.

Develop a Layout

Once you have the best plants chosen you can begin to arrange them in your garden. It is easiest to lay them out in their original packaging before you plant to get the right layout for you. Taller plants should be kept in the back of the garden space, or in the center for round garden plots. Look for interesting color combinations not just among the flowers, but also with plants that produce colorful leaves.

Choosing the best plants for your garden can take time and effort, but the results are more than worth it. When your garden is growing beautifully you will be glad you put thought into everything you grow.

About the Author

- Paul Linus is an eminent online journalist who has been writing news, features and editorials on different websites from across the world for about a decade. He can be contacted at

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