I love to garden! I think I even love the process more than the result. Maybe :) It is a toss up.
I also love to read articles or watch shows related to gardening. I am a very visual person so it helps to see things whether pictures or video that will give me advice or ideas. Here are some things to consider:
* One of the most important things to keep in mind is to know what plants work in your area. Do your homework before spending your money. Some plants that are sold are probably not suited for your area. I am not sure why stores and nurseries here in Utah sell Hydrangeas, for example, because they need acidic soil which Utah does not have. Each state has an extension office with TONS of information about growing everything in your particular state. Utah's is: http://extension.usu.edu/yardandgarden/ Do a web search of "your state + extension office" to find yours.
*You also need to decide if you want perennial flowers or annual flowers or a mix. What colors do you need to use? How do you arrange them?
*Some of you may live in a community with a Home Association. Make sure you are following their guidelines as far as what is allowed when planting trees, shrubs, and flowers.
* If you live in a dry climate like I do here in Utah, select plants that say they are drought tolerant. But keep in mind that the first year you plant them, they are not heat tolerant. They are trying to get established and need consistent watering.
*Do you have pets? Do they dig? You may need to do something to protect your garden or flower beds, like a fence.
*Plan out how you want it to look before purchasing plants. Do you want it natural looking or formal? Have a rough idea on how many of each plant you will need. This will save you money and time.
*Consult your local nursery. They will hopefully be able to answer questions and have extensive knowledge about what works in your area.
*What other areas of your yard need a little help? Do you have a seating area? A patio? There are simple solutions to get your whole yard looking great. Adding potted plants, spray painting old furniture, etc.
Take advantage of all the resources available to get inspiration like Pinterest, gardening websites, your local nursery, and your states extension office. I also have a gardening category on my sidebar.
And remember, HAVE FUN! It is just another way to express your creativity :)
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