Happy Friday! I’m a bit off on my blogging schedule this week thanks to having a few appointments that got cancelled last minute. If you’re following me on Instagram which I know most of you are (if your not make sure to go follow! I share lots of stuff on there everyday!) , you would have seen my stories the past few weeks you would have seen me talk about starting my garden and putting together our front porch.
As you know I love supporting local businesses and one of my favourite places to shop for gardening essentials has always been Normans Garden Gallery. I have never understood the whole gardening thing or how much work actually goes into keeping your garden nice and healthy, until I got to talk to the nicest girl from Normans.
She literally explained everything I needed to know about plants and even gave me some awesome hacks to share with you all.
Things to Remember
Picking out plans for the sun: Okay this may be general knowledge to everyone, but I thought I’d share it anyway. Pick out your plants according to the sun, which for us meant our patio would be half shade and half sun the majority of the day and our back deck would be full sun meaning the plants would get more than 7 hours of sun a day. So thats where researching comes in, and I found my favourites for the patio were ferns because they thrive in shady areas, and lavender for our full sun deck.
Soil: A very important part of gardening is knowing your soil and what kind of soil you have. I seriously had no idea how to answer this when I was asked what kind of soil we have in our yard. Did you know that different plants thrive in certain types of soil, and there are 4 main soils you should know. Top soil is used just for levelling holes and not be used for planting, potting mix is obviously specially formulated for using in containers. While Garden soil is already premixed for using in-ground only, and so is raised-bed soil and can be used when your native soil is less than ideal.
Making your Garden Look Pretty
Colours: This is where I like to get creative and the advice I was give was when thinking about what colours to go with, think of the colour of your home and how those plants will look. For example, if you have a yellow home than I would advice to stay away from red, unless that’s the look you are going for. We have grey siding and I like the idea of having purples, greens and whites for our backyard and reds, pinks and whites for our front yard.
Choosing Perennials or Annuals: First things first, what is the difference between perennials and annuals? Just think Annuals have to be replanted Annually! Now to get things even more confusing, there are spring, summer and late summer annuals.
Perennials come back year after year and get better and bigger every time. I love that the previous owners of our home planted a whole whack of perennials and beautiful ones too. The following are my favourite’s of both Annuals and Perennials:
- White Geraniums
- White Petunias
- Silver Licorice Plants
- Hydrangeas (white & endless summer)
- White Roses
- Primrose (Japanese)
One of my favourite things to do is instead of hanging plants, I take off the hooks and replant them in planters! Its an easy way to get a pretty potted plant that looks like you spent a hella lot of money on it.
I hope this kind of helped you out and at least got you interested in learning more! There are so many more tips and advice I could give but for now I would love to know what are some tips you have? Make sure you share them in the comments section below!