Ever wondered how to pick the right plants for your garden? or wondered why your plants seem to die? Keep reading below to find out some useful tips to help you be more successful at choosing your garden plants.
Step 1: Soil
The soil is the most important element in your garden. It is the growing medium for your plants and holds lots of nutrients they need to survive. The importance of it should not be under appreciated.
In order to find out what your soil type is you can go to a soil mapping website (http://www.landis.org.uk/soilscapes/) or conduct a soil test.
Once you know your soil type you can select plants that will grow in it.
You may want to improve the soil by adding soil improvers before planting in it.
Step 2: Plants
Once you have identified your soil then it is important to observe the conditions your garden sits in to determine what plants will thrive there.
Full Sun – Gets more than 6 hours of direct sunlight a day.
Partial Shade – Gets between 3-6 hours of direct sunlight a day.
Full Shade – Gets less than 2 hours of direct sunlight a day.
Be aware some areas of your garden may come under different conditions. For example under a tree will be more shady than a open lawn area.
Step 3: Shopping
Now you know your soil type and gardens conditions look at the description of the plants you see at your local nursery so you can decide where they will thrive in your garden or if actually they are not meant for your conditions.