Choosing the Perfect Garden for You

The first thing you need to consider if you’re thinking about starting or refreshing your garden, is what kind of garden it will be. There are several different choices and sometimes it is hard to know which one to pick. Sometimes you will want to blend a couple of them into your yard but hopefully you can narrow it down. Because by narrowing it down, you’ll make the gardening experience easier on yourself and have a greater success. If you have one type of plants that are similar, then it won’t be as hard to care for them.

So here are some of the main kinds of gardens for you to choose from.

the perfect gardenIf you’re looking for something that adds to the beauty of your yard then you’ll want a flower garden. These are usually filled with perennial flowers though many people still like the instant beauty of annuals. Perennial flowers are flowers which come back to life year after year and annuals only live for one season and then need to be planted again the next year. Perennials, because of their hardiness, will survive the winter but have different hardiness levels. So depending on your area and climate different flowers will be considered perennials in your area. If you do a quick internet search for your area, you can probably find a list of flowers that will bring your perennial flower garden to life. The disadvantage to perennials is their plum period is not typically continuous. They will bloom for a couple of days or a week to a month but not all summer. This means you have to plant different flowers with different bloom cycles near each other to have continuous flowering all summer long. Perennials usually only require work in the planting stage, after that, the flowers take care of themselves. Though it is best to dead head and you still need to control the weeds around the flowers. In my opinion there is nothing nicer then a beautiful perennial garden.

the perfect gardenAnother choice for your garden is to have a vegetable garden. These usually require a little more work and research than a flower garden, but can be rewarding just the same. It seems that no matter what time of the summer it is, you can usually find something that is ready for harvest. When planting a vegetable garden, you should do so with the idea that you will be adding different veggies to the garden throughout the season. This way if you space your crops properly you will have a full garden and continuous produce throughout the growing season. A vegetable garden is ideal for someone who enjoys cooking with fresh produce and also enjoys putting some away for winter.

the perfect gardenOne of the more difficult types of gardens to manage is a fruit garden. It’s definitely the most work and is high-maintenance. When growing fruits, you have to be concerned about a lot more pests as they will be attracted due to the sweetness. You not only have to have good soil and use the right fertilizer. You probably will also have to deal with choosing a pesticide that won’t kill whoever eats the fruit as well. Fruit garden produce fruit in their season with some being ripe in June like strawberries all the way through till the apples in the fall. If you’re willing to put lots of work into maintaining a garden and enjoy fresh fruit from the vine, bush or tree, then a fruit garden could be a good choice for you.

Basically, choosing a garden type comes down to how much work you want to put into it and what you want to get out of it. Many people concentrate on one but enjoy a small area of one of the others. Like they love flowers and have a very attractive flower garden but enjoy a couple small fruit trees as well. The main thing is to enjoy what you’re doing.

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    Thank you for posting this. Gardening was a favorite pastime of mine, with my mom when I was a kid. It’s a good idea to keep it up for the next generation.

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