Tree trimming and planting a garden around the Mount Pleasant, SC area are two very popular ways to pursue a hobby. There’s something uniquely satisfying in growing plants. Some gardening enthusiasts approach flower garden landscaping design with great enthusiasm, but without an overall plan as to how the garden plantings will take shape over time. You may go to the nursery and snap up a flat of flower or small tree states that you figure will certainly fit in somewhere. You’re carried away by the beauty of the sapling or particular flower, regardless of how that young tree or flower may fit in to your total flower garden landscaping design.
Let’s see how to formulate a plan for your entire garden and back yard, no matter its size, before making a single purchase. Before you start, browse through the ASHS website for ideas. The result will be an integrated, coordinated and beautiful flower garden and surrounding landscaping including your stand of existing and new trees. Many people start by consulting a Mt Pleasant arborist. Others read about it first.
Let’s start with the smallest of garden spaces that won’t support even the smallest trees, which includes balconies and condos. In both cases, the garden space you may claim as your own is confined. Apartment complexes and condos usually have the common areas landscaped. For these gardens, hanging and potted plants may be the entire garden. However, you can spread a lot of color in a small space. You certainly will never need tree service.
Your plan should begin with an assessment of the sun exposure and the strength and direction of winds your flowers are subjected to in that location. Naturally, you’ll want shade loving plants for a northern exposure and sun lovers for a western or southern exposure. If you are moving from the northern states to Mount Pleasant or the Charleston area, take that into account. You may be able to install potted plants on a west or south-facing balcony floor and thus gain a mix. In windy locations, be sure the plants you choose are sturdy and able to withstand occasional buffeting by wind. Your nursery or tree service company arborist can make recommendations for plants which will thrive in your situation.
Also consider the amount of time you have to maintain your garden and trim your trees. Some plants require frequent pruning, deadheading of flowers and such, so don’t overestimate the time you need to keep your flower garden looking well kept. Most trees require very little.
Now that you have selected plants, you’ve got the basis for your flower garden landscaping design. A mix of complementary and contrasting colors and textures generally produces the most interesting overall design. Although trees have less color, there are several wonderful varieties with colored leaves and flowering attributes.
With a larger garden and outer tree cover perimeter, the process is much the same, but requires more detailed planning. Do not crowd the trees. Over time, the canopies may overlap to much for the health of the trees and will require moderate to heavy tree trimming by you or a tree service company in Columbia, SC such as palmettotreeservice.org. The height of mature flowers must also be considered, when planning beds. You may have several exposures and microclimates as well. Measure each side of your garden and section out areas with similar sun exposures, sketching it out on paper, or better yet, with flower garden landscaping software. Block out areas for beds, pathways, making note of hedges, existing trees and drip lines.
Late winter and early spring bulbs, such as crocuses, do well under deciduous trees and make a nice early display. On the other hand, when planning your flower garden landscaping, gladiolas and other sun loving bulbs won’t thrive under Mount Pleasant shade trees.
Cutting gardens can provide lots of blooms for indoor vases. These are best situated in an out of the way location where the arrangement of the bed is not the objective. Just eight, eight-foot long rows of annuals and perennials will fill your vases all summer long.
If your existing garden is devoid of mature plantings, you may want to tackle this aspect first. Spring is a good time to plant trees and hedges, giving them a chance to ‘settle in’ and establish a healthy root system before winter. Depending on the current season, pencil in the proposed trees and hedges, allowing enough space around them in your flower garden landscaping design. For example, a pathway which winds around the tree or shrub can be edged with annuals outside the drip line. As the tree or shrub matures, your flower bed will still look attractive and work in your landscape plan.
As you’re brainstorming ideas for your landscaping and tree groves, consider all of the possibilities. Look over the http://www.isa-arbor.com/ site. Annuals, perennials, bulbs, ornamental grasses and ground covers are all good candidates. Go to the library or bookstore and browse through flower garden landscaping design books for ideas and combinations of flowers which please your eye and work well with your trees.
Planning your flower garden landscaping before you start digging up the garden isn’t only smart, but is guaranteed to produce an eye-catching result to offset your existing and new tree growth.