How to Plant a Pre-Planned Garden

It’s a warm day in early spring and you’ve just received a box with your new PrePlanned Garden! Lucky you, you’re well on your way to enjoying a professionally designed landscape.

Although you may be anxious to get out in the dirt and start planting right away, with just a little preparation and measuring, you’ll have a much easier time installing your pre-planned garden. And in just a few short seasons you'll be admiring a full, colorful garden for years to come.

Follow the steps below for Pre-Planned Garden Success!

1. First Things First: Open the Box!

2. Choose a Good Location

3. Choose Your Shape & Measure Your Garden Plot

4. Placing Plants

5. It's Time To Plant

6. Caring For Your Plants

Planning a Garden: Fragrant Garden

An illustration of our fabulous Fragrant Flower Pre-Planned Garden in bloom.

First Things First: Open the Box!

This is one of the key steps to ensuring success! As soon as you get your plants – even if you won’t be able to plant for days – take the plants out of the box. Remember, these are living plants! Unwrap them from any packaging and place them in a spot that gets morning sun. Check the soil in your plants, and if it feels dry, give them a good drink of water.

Review the planting list to make sure each plant is accounted for and looks healthy. Place the plant tags, planting list, planting instructions and maps in a safe spot! These will be extremely important when it comes time to plant.

Choose a Good Location

Depending on what type of garden you’ve chosen, you’ll want to make sure you’re putting it in the right spot in your landscape. For example, if you’re planting the Sun Loving Garden, make sure the area gets at least 8 hours of direct sun per day. If you’re planting the Drought Tolerant Garden, remember that it's meant for fast-draining soils in areas that receive little water.

Choose Your Shape & Measure Your Garden Plot

For this step all you need is your planting list, the enclosed diagram, and a tape measure to properly space out your plants. Once you’ve selected your planting area, take out our helpful garden diagrams and choose which shape would work best in your landscape. Each garden comes with exact square footage for all the plants. For example: our Fragrant Garden covers 72 square feet, or a 12 x 6’ rectangular bed.

 

Planning a Garden: Garden Map

Each garden comes with three different maps to fit your space.

To Help Decipher Our Three Plans:

  • Corner Garden: The front of the Corner Garden is the curved side. The curve will accommodate your mower!
  • Rectangle Garden: The plants at the bottom should be planted in the front of your garden bed.
  • Bean-Shaped Garden: The plants at the top should be planted at the fron front of your garden bed.
 

After you’ve chosen your garden shape, measure out the area you'll need in your yard. Mark the back, front and sides. This is an important step, because our landscape designers have placed the tallest plants in the back, and the shorter varieties in the front. Take your time - the hour or so of planning and measuring before planting is definitely worth it: we promise!

Give your garden at least 12” of space in the front and sides, wherever plants could be in danger of getting chopped by the mower!

If you have any questions or concerns when laying out your garden, please remember that our in-house garden experts are available to help via phone, email, and live chat. (877) 309 - 7333.

Planning a Garden: measuring plants

Measuring the spot for each plant is a perfect job for a little helper!

Placing Plants

Now that you have your garden shape planned out, it’s time to get out the measuring tape again! On your planting map, you will see a circle that designates each plant. The total width of the circle = the mature width of each plant.

For example, the Fragrant Garden has a large circle in it that is 'Jacob Kline' Bee Balm. At its maturity, this Bee Balm will grow to be 36” wide, so the circle is 36” wide.

Once you’ve measured, place your plant tag in the center of the circle so you’ll know exactly where to plant it.

Don’t plant until you’ve measured and marked a spot for each plant. This helps prevent mistakes!

It’s best to start at the back corner of the garden and work your way forward. Remember that the edges of the circles can touch, but should not overlap too much, so that plants have room to mature and will not become overcrowded in several seasons.

Planning a Garden: placing plants

Put all the plants in their place before you start digging holes.

It's Time To Plant

Add organic compost or topsoil to the garden bed before planting. You can either pre-dig the individual holes, or dig as you go -- it’s up to you.

Make sure to check the planting depth for each variety so you don’t plant anything too deep or shallow -- that could cause issues down the road.

Remember to save the plant tags so you’ll remember which varieties you planted where!

After you’ve planted all the perennials, give the entire area a good, thorough soaking to remove any air pockets.

planting a pre-planned garden

Most plants will be planted inline with your current soil level. Always double-check planting instructions for details.

Caring for Your Plants

Make sure to keep an eye on your young plants in the beginning, offering them plenty of supplemental water and removing any weeds.

Add mulch to your new garden to help hold in moisture and prevent weeds from taking over. It also helps add interest to the bare spaces in between the plants in the first season.

There will be some space between the plants in the first season, which is fine! They will fill in with time and each plant will be able to grow bigger with a little more space.

To help fill in the spaces in between the plants before they mature, you can plant annual bulbs, such as Gladiolus or Calla Lilies that don’t take up much room. They will offer up gorgeous color the first year and will not hinder your plants’ growth! Bulbs can be easily moved later, after your Pre-Planned Garden fills in.

Now that you’ve planted one of our pre-planned gardens, in no time you’ll be enjoying a professionally designed landscape right in your own yard!

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