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PLANT, PLANT, PLANT! Annuals, Perennials, Veggies, Fruit!

HOME SWEET HOME – Plotting and planting a garden is a spring dream come true for anyone with a green thumb, and many without one.
Blooming flowers can brighten any home. / toodlingstudio, Pixabay

With so many beautiful flowers and plants to choose from it can be a challenge to find the right ones for your garden. Whether you’re planting annuals, perennials, fruits or veggies, planning ahead will make your garden a blooming success!

Enjoying Annuals

With a long blooming season, annuals are a great choice if you want to enjoy a riot of colour in your garden all summer long.

Many brightly coloured, popular flowers fall into this category, including marigolds, snapdragons, petunias, geraniums and dahlias. Whether you plant old favourites or new blooms, annuals are sure to fill your garden plot with brilliant happy colours.

When planning a garden of annuals, it’s important to consider the colours of each bloom you plant. Strategically placing complimentary colours and plants with similar needs will take your garden to a new level of beauty and satisfaction.

Planning for Perennials

Perennials are a story of resilience and endurance, pulling themselves from the dead of winter into the new life of spring year after year.

While these plants and flowers often have shorter blooming seasons than annuals, they are no less beautiful and give your garden a unique flair every year. Popular perennials include lavender, daylilies, daisies and peonies.

If you already have perennials in your garden, be sure to keep the area around them free of weeds and well watered so they have plenty of room to grow. When planting perennials for the first time, mark down where and what they are for future reference. By choosing perennials that bloom at different times, you can have an ever changing garden throughout the season.

Fruits and Vegetables

For those wishing for fresh garden produce, a fruit and veggie garden may be the way to go.

Though not as colourful as a flower garden, planting fruits and veggies you enjoy can create an entirely different level of satisfaction. Watching tomatoes, strawberries, cucumbers and other produce start small and grow into edible ingredients and garnishes is a miracle throughout the growing season.

Make sure to choose produce you’ll enjoy and plan accordingly for their growing needs. Providing a vine trellis for plants such as tomatoes and beans and creating enough space for plants with large root systems or runner shoot systems are important when plotting your space.

Planting a garden and watching it grow and blossom throughout the year is rewarding on many levels. Whether you’re planting a breathtaking flower garden or growing fresh produce for your table, careful planning is key to success. By choosing plants you love and placing them in ideal locations, you can have a beautiful, healthy garden for the whole summer.

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