How to Start a New Garden Design
Taking on a landscaping project can seem overwhelming, but as with all things, by taking one step at a time it becomes manageable. Where to start is actually easy! Begin by spending time in the area you want to improve. Consider HOW you want to use the area. Is it an entertainment area? Will it serve as a play area for children? Perhaps you want a vegetable garden here, or you may want a virtually maintenance free area. Observe what you enjoy about your current garden design or where you want to make improvements.
Once you determine how the area will be used, it’s time to consider some practical factors for your garden design. Do you need privacy or a windbreak? Is there irrigation to the area? Do you need shade? These answers help define WHAT your requirements are for consideration: what height and width are needed? What amount of water will be available? Remember to plan for mature growth. Many blue spruce trees have to be removed from a suburban lawn once it reaches its mature width of thirty feet!
Choosing the Right Plants & Trees for Your Garden Design
Now that you know what purpose your garden design and landscape will serve, and what proportions it can accommodate, it’s time to begin the search for the right plants. You want to make sure that your plant selections will WORK in your environment.
The 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location. The map is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into 10-degree F zones. In Parker, Colorado we do well with Zone 4, or Zone 5 plants if you can offer some additional protection. The internet or our Plant Catalog are great places to start your research, but a good knowledgeable nurseryman will help ensure your choices will be successful- especially if you have specific concerns such as avoiding toxic plants or finding plants that are deer resistant.
Finally, take into consideration year round interest and color. Placement of some evergreens will ensure winter interest. Many deciduous trees and shrubs have beautiful flowers in spring, and berries or fruit in the fall. And many plants, even without foliage, provide shape and color. Consider adding hibiscus - a popular flowering plant - to your garden design for a mid-summer pop of color. With these things in mind, you will be able to enjoy a lush, hardy and health outdoor space all year long, for many years to come!
Pine Lane Nursery Garden Center in Parker, CO
Pine Lane Nursery is a family owned, full service garden center in business since 1983. We offer an extensive inventory including fast growing trees, shrubs, and bushes from our tree farm (we bring in trees from Oregon, Idaho, Missouri and Colorado); beautiful annual and perennial plants (such as hibiscus); seasonal veggies for your vegetable garden, and much more!
Based in Parker, CO, Pine Lane Nursery services the surrounding areas of Centennial, Castle Rock, Denver, Aurora, Highlands Ranch, and more. Need help with your garden design, on finding the right trees and shrubs for your landscape, or on choosing the best annual and perennial plants for your home? Call us at (303) 841-3009 or stop by the garden center today!