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We often see gardens around old homes that seem to stay beautiful for decades, perhaps even after the original creator of the garden has left. It is a good idea to plan your garden first so that it your plants can thrive in harmony while looking their best.

There are a few topics that you should think over and decide upon when first planning your garden.

Do you plan on planting annuals or perennials? A plant that grows for one season and needs replaced next season are annuals, on the other hand there are perennials which come back year after year.

Is your garden in the sun or shade? There are plants that can thrive in both areas, but you want to make sure that a tall plant that loves sun wont grow to shade a shorter plant.

Consideration to plant size should also be a topic you address. Many gardens are planted in frames that are set up so that the plants will not overshadow each other. Also keep in mind how the plants will spread out when they mature.

When you have a nice garden, you may also want to plan what color plants you want to have. When they blossom, it looks better when the colors compliment themselves.

As the seasons change, if your garden is planned right, there can be something blossoming from early spring through autumn.

There are two types of garden design, informal and formal. Formal gardens will be square and have sharp edges and geometric shapes with an overall symmetrical shape. On the other hand, informal gardens contain more curves, and wide arcs that take you from one scene to the next.

There are many different plants that have many different shapes from spikes to globes and everything in between. These shapes can be planned out to give a dramatic look if done right.

The last thing you may want to think about is mass plantings. Along with adding to the scenery, they will also help keep the weeds out. If you don’t plan to cover the whole area, it is wise to to put down mulch to keep the areas clean for when you do expand.

As you can see, there is alot to consider when planning out your garden, but with a good plan in the beginning, you will have an attractive garden that will look better and better each year.

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