Planning of planting plants.
Gardeners plan planting at different stages of the development of their gardens. We start from scratch.
Starting from scratch, we set the boundaries of a child, we set up a lawn and dig the ground around it, we wonder, what to plant discounts. Some people plan their garden until the last bulb, spending many hours studying gardening guides and catalogs, to be sure of each plant. They design spring and summer discounts with enthusiasm, they carefully take care of the right combination of colors and getting them spread over time, great effects. And when the final design is ready, ahead of them is a long and difficult way to obtain all the plants they want, which is often associated with considerable expenses.
On the other hand, there are also gardeners, who believe, that they have completed their creative work in the garden, by unrolling and tapping the last piece of turf. They don't have any planting plan, they often visit garden centers, they fill baskets to the brim with small plants, and in the meantime they get seedlings from friends. The effect of such a procedure is usually not satisfactory. When the structure of their garden should take shape, the fences are still visible, bare walls, and in winter the garden looks gray and unattractive.
The best solution is, as usual, the Golden mean. Let's take a closer look at the outline of our garden and consider, how would we like to break it down into smaller parts. Some of them will be more exposed, others will be in the background. Let's not forget about the variation in plant height. Plant groups that reach human height are very important in the garden, and the sooner they are there, the better. Let's put everything on paper, by placing it on the site plan, in which there will be tall plants. If planning on paper is not our forte, let's take some of the higher stakes and stick them in the right places, to orientate in the garden space, whether their arrangement satisfies us. Always bear in mind the influence of trees on their neighbors and the final height and width of their crowns. Some trees, e.g.. birch, they only cast a faint shadow, while others completely block light. Even in a small garden you can find a place, in which it is possible to plant a tree. The apple tree often turns out to be the perfect choice, especially if it is lined with wild vegetation providing an interesting contrast to the more formal part of the garden around the house.
So we start by finding suitable places for the trees. For attractive trees, which do not reach large sizes, it should be bitterness smooth (Amelanchier laevis), the height of which does not exceed 7 m. It comes from North America, blooms white in April and May, producing big, abundant bunches. Another decoration of the tree is its dark purple fruit. In spring, brown-red leaves appear on young shoots, which color wonderfully in autumn. Paradise apple tree cv. ‘Golden Hornet’, grows on 10 m and is characterized by beautiful flowers and ornamental golden fruits. One of the smaller magnolias, magnolia Loebnera (M. x loebneri), grows up to 8 m in height. It also grows well on alkaline ground, decorating any garden. Japanese cherry (Prunus serrulata) usually does not exceed the height 7 m, and hers shiny, coppery red bark is attractive all year round. Let's put her in place, in which the winter sun will illuminate its interesting branches.
Then we plant larger bushes, e.g.. prisoner, perukowca, winged euonymus (Euonymus alatus) or heavenly bamboo (Nandina domestica). Before planting, let's check, what sizes the shrubs will eventually reach, to provide them with adequate space for development. Let's go ahead and combine trees and a few shrubs, to create a larger green complex. Small plants at first, which only grow to their proper size after a while, they can look funny among empty spaces. The trick, however, is this, to fill them with smaller shrubs, vines or flowering plants, which we will gradually remove, as skeletal trees and shrubs grow. The latter will eventually form a compact body.
Modest budget? If we can only spend a small amount on plants, let's spend it on trees and shrubs, that they will already start to grow in our garden. We can fill the empty spaces between them, sowing cheap seeds for annual and biennial plants for a time, until we can buy more expensive species.