Monday, 24 May 2010
Once again, the following is basic information, primarily for the inexperienced or "new" gardener but may be helpful to anyone interested in purchasing the right plants for his/her "space", whether it's a large yard, small flower bed or container garden. It's all about the light; when it arrives, when it leaves and how long it stays. The sun has all the power over which plants you should choose, that is if you want your plants to thrive.
The following are some basic tips about which plants grow best in different types of sunlight and/or shade:
First, observe your space for several days. Record the sunlight hours and pay attention to the sun/shade ratio. The next step is to go to a garden center where you can talk to experts about your space and ask for suggestions about which plants to purchase. Don't buy plants just because you think they look beautiful in the garden center. You want to take home plants that will look beautiful in your "space" and will last throughout the growing season or in the case of perennials or trees and shrubs, for many years to come.
Check back soon for Basics of Gardening - Part III - That "dirty" word called soil.