In a little over a month, crocus and other early spring flowers will start to poke their pretty heads up out of the soil. Daffodils and early spring tulips will follow soon thereafter. But what really excites me is the appearance of Virginia Bluebells around the yard. Spring is always such an exciting time when the Earth gives birth to all that’s beautiful! It’s not too early for garden planning ideas. In fact, it’s best to plan your gardens early so you have plenty of time to gather supplies before the work (i.e. fun) begins.
Arbors add instant beauty to a garden space, even if there’s no flowering vines scrambling over it. It makes a visual impact on its own while you wait for vines to mature. I’m always smitten by wisteria vines, no matter where I see them (even though I know they can be invasive).
Roses might be a better option for those of you who don’t want to battle wisteria. You’ll find plenty of disease-resistant options for your garden planning.
I love cottage gardens like this one. My mother always thought they looked messy, but I rather like their haphazard appearance. They remind me of wildflowers you see growing alongside a country road at random. These are easy to create in your yard. Simply sprinkle a can of wildflower seeds into one of your garden spaces, following package directions. You’ll be blessed with an array of color and flowers.
Another messy flower garden greets you at the entrance to this old stone cottage. Looks like a scene out of a fairy tale, doesn’t it?
Pretty pink tulips and other spring flowers line the sidewalk to a charming blue house. This landscape makes me wish I had planted tulips alongside our front walk as part of last year’s garden planning ideas.
Look how cute tulips look surrounded by low-growing boxwood bushes. Think about height of plants and flowers when garden planning. Shorter plants and flowers were used in front of the boxwoods for added interest.
Garden planning ideas often include interesting pathways. They make you want to explore the garden further.
Lots of people use ladders in their home to display quilts or blankets, but why not use one outside in lieu of a trellis?
If you want an easy, colorful flower to add to your garden beds, try rudbeckia – sometimes called Black-Eyed Susans. They make great cutting flowers, too. Gazing balls make pretty additions to the landscape, too.
As you work on your garden planning ideas this year, be sure to include a space for al fresco dining. Consider placing it in a shady corner of the garden as opposed to the patio or deck. It can be your own secret garden!
What garden planning ideas do you have for your landscape this year?
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