The first part on this topic discussed some important backyard landscaping ideas – specifically, a garden design plan for perennials. It talked about why this is the perfect time to develop your perennial garden design.
So it’s important to get your garden design plan right for perennials.
A perennial garden design is more difficult initially. But your efforts can pay off in the long term in the form of a beautiful backyard landscape design.
Before you start putting together your garden design plan, you need to determine where you will plant your perennial garden. Observe how much sun different locations of your backyard get each day. Keep in mind that the sun will be higher in the sky in the spring and summer than in the late fall and early winter.
If a garden location gets sun most of the day, then “full sun” perennials should be planted there. If your garden gets sun for only one half a day, then determine those flowers that do best under “part sun” conditions. You will need plants that do best in “shade” if your garden receives less than 2 hours of sun each day.
Your perennial garden may get limited sun each day, but you may really want to grow a perennial that requires full sun. In that case, you might consider planting it in a container and placing it in a location that gets a lot of sun. You can move the container as sun conditions change.
Now that you have determined the sun exposure of your garden, your garden design plan should consider the specific location of your garden. Is it up against a fence, a wall, or a border in your yard? Here you want to plant your taller flowers in the back. The medium sized flowers will be in front of those with the smaller ones in the front and around the edge.
Or is your garden in the center of the yard. In this case, it will probably be viewed from different angles. Here you want the taller flowers in the center. Plant the medium sized flowers in front. The smaller flowers should be planted on the edges.
Your garden design plan should list the perennial plants you want to grow.
Select those flowers that meet your sun exposure requirements. Write down the height, spread, color of its blooms, and the time and duration of its blooming period.
Then post each plant in your perennial garden design. It will take 1-2 years before you see the full benefits of your perennials. Consider the width and growing habit of each plant.
As I said before, group plants so that at least one plant is blooming throughout the growing season.
You can review your garden design plan for each garden throughout the winter months. Take your time in creating your perennial garden design. It will provide you with beautiful flowers for years to come.