Making Smarter Landscaping Choices

Create A Country Garden In Your Backyard's Landscaping

If you have a bare space in your backyard that could really use some attention, now is the time to start planning your project. A country garden gives off an old-fashioned vibe reminiscent of what your grandparents showcased years ago. Creating a country garden in your backyard space can be done by creating the right soil environment and incorporating the right plants. Here are a few tips that you can use to get your country garden off to the right start.

Prepping Your Soil

The first thing you'll want to do is get your garden soil ready for your plants. You can begin a compost pile now in order to create a healthy food base for your plants. Create a simple organic compost pile by creating a bin and adding any of the following:

  • Aged manure
  • Decomposing leaves
  • Garden clippings
  • Kitchen veggie scraps
  • Shredded paper

Over time, these materials will create a moist, nutrient-rich soil that you can add to your country garden foundation. Removing all of the grass and existing heavy soil is important. From there, till your dirt until it has a workable, yet water-retaining consistency. Add more compost to a clay-ridden or sandy soil to create a black soil that is easy to till and move around.

Outlining Your Garden Border

The goal of a country garden is to have colorful, long-lasting plants that draw attention to the eye. In addition to prepping your soil, you'll have to create a border to add a perimeter and enhance landscape design. Choose a material for your border. Popular country garden designs include:

  • Stones
  • Picket fencing
  • Black landscape edging
  • Hand-dug trench edges
  • Brick

It's up to you to decide if your border should be finished after or before you've planted your plants. When creating a border, consider how large the plants on the edge will grow. Keep tall plants, such as delphinium or hydrangea bushes, toward the back of your garden, so they don't collapse over the border. If you need help with the border, talk with a landscaping professional, like Design Scapes of Manasota Inc.

Picking Out The Plants

Country gardens thrive on old-fashioned plant varieties that are robust and colorful. Color can be mixed and matched to create a more natural look. You can pair up fun-loving perennials and annuals together to provide a consistent color throughout the summer months. Some popular country garden companions include:

  • Nikko Blue hydrangea bush and red geraniums
  • Deep purple lilac bush and white impatiens
  • Pink Hollyhocks and flowering kale

Using perennials ensures that the same plants will return next year. Add some annual plants that you can change out each year and fill in empty spaces.

Maintaining Your Work

Add a garden fertilizer before your plants lay out a good foundation to feed every plant's root system. Water all of your plants daily and add a plant food to help keep plants at the top of their game. Trim back perennials each fall and spring to eliminate overgrowth and enhance full, colorful show-stopping plants.

A country garden offers limitless opportunities to showcase your favorite plants. Don't forget to incorporate other elements such as a gazebo or garden trellis to enhance the overall country design. You may also seek help from a professional landscaping designer for advice on plant placement and plant choices that will work in your backyard.