How to Choose the Right Plants for Your Garden

Gardening is a favorite pastime for many Americans. We would estimate that at least half of homes in the U.S. have at least one garden. Whether it be a flower garden, a rock garden with shrubbery, or a vegetable garden, gardening is a great way to add some color and beauty to your yard. It’s also a huge stress reliever! But just what plants should you choose for your garden? With about 435,000 species to choose from, it can be a lot to figure out. Thankfully, we have some tips to make your garden selection process a bit easier.

What Plants Should You Plant in Your Garden?

Narrowing down what to plant in your garden is largely up to your personal preferences. And, you need to think about how much time you want to put into the process. That said, there are a few things to consider.

Geography and Zones

Understanding your geographical location and planting zone is crucial when selecting plants for your garden. The USDA Hardiness Zone Map is a helpful tool to determine which plants will thrive in your area’s climate. Plants suited to your specific zone will be more likely to flourish, resist local pests, and survive through seasonal changes. 

Sun and Shade Exposure

Before choosing plants, take a look at the sunlight exposure in your garden as this will be a big determining factor on the types of plants you can grow. Some plants need full sun to grow, which means at least six hours of direct sunlight daily, while others will do well in just partial shade or full shade. 

Observe your garden throughout the day to determine areas of sun and shade. Matching plants to their preferred light conditions ensures healthier growth and prevents issues like leggy stems or sunburned leaves.

Your End Goal

When selecting plants, consider your garden’s purpose. Choose colorful flowers, ornamental grasses, and decorative shrubs if you hope for a beautiful landscape. For a practical garden, choose fruits, vegetables, and herbs that can be harvested for meals. 

Balancing appearance and beauty with functionality can lead to a great-looking yet productive garden. However, be sure to consider your space, time, and the amount of effort you can commit to maintaining either type of garden.

Accessibility to Predators

If you fail to protect your garden from predators like rabbits or deer, you’ll be setting yourself up for disappointment—not to mention the financial loss from your investment. Choose plants that are less appealing to these animals or consider installing barriers. 

Some plants have natural deterrents; for example, marigolds and chives can repel rabbits. Lavender, daffodils, and lamb’s ear are good for deterring deer. Physical barriers such as fencing or netting can also prevent wildlife from accessing your plants. 

Choose Done Right Landscaping for Your Landscaping Needs

If you’re ready to start your garden and need professional guidance, visit Done Right Landscaping. Our experienced staff will help you choose the right plants based on your goals and space. We look forward to helping you achieve the garden of your dreams. Contact us at (781) 246-1211 today!

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