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!
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.
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.
Measuring the spot for each plant is a perfect job for a little helper!
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.
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.
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!
Our Large Shade Garden features vibrant colors and textures that transform your low light areas into inspired wonderlands. Shade-loving superstars like Mophead Hydrangea and Ligularia The Rocket burst forward, while understory perennials provide a backdrop of lush, multicolored foliage and delicate blooms.
The English Cottage Garden combines cozy classics like hydrangea and lupine in celebration of this traditional style. Flowering perennials bloom with abandon, coloring the garden spring through fall. Expect to find butterflies and hummingbirds buzzing these beauties. Frame the garden with boxwood for formal elegance or let the blossoms scramble along a fence row for cottage-style charm.
The Coastal Cottage Garden thrives in windswept seaside landscapes and inland hamlets alike. Ornamental grasses dance in the breeze while rugged flowering perennials stand up to dry, sandy soils and salt spray. Enjoy a flit of butterflies and foraging hummingbirds. This low-maintenance garden fits the laid-back atmosphere of the beach life.
The Grandmother’s Garden awakens a sense of nostalgia, mixing old-fashioned favorites with rugged new cultivars. These tried-and true beauties offer plenty of cuttings to fill vases and bouquets, while a delightful fragrance elicits memories of happy childhood days. Carry on the gardening tradition with vintage, season-long blooms.
The Farmhouse Garden brings rustic charm to any landscape with a combination of classic plants perfect for softening stone foundations and lining picket fences. Foxglove and Lily of the Valley merge the sentimentality of cottage-style plantings with the rugged beauty of a shady woodland garden. Lush blooms and flowing foliage are the hallmarks of this collection.
The Whimsical Garden plays with color and texture to invigorate the landscape. A diversity of blooms from globes and spikes to luxurious ruffled petals spread joy across the garden in a vibrant palette of pink, purple, blue, and yellow. Energize small spaces with this creative garden that blooms non-stop from early spring through autumn’s finale.
Plant the Moonlight Garden around your patio or favorite swing for a serene evening retreat. Glowing white blossoms illuminate the night like shining lanterns while silvery foliage twinkles beneath the stars. A sweet perfume drifts among the flowers, easing away the day’s worries. Blooming spring through fall, enjoy this evening elixir all season long.
Plant a cool, colorful oasis with a Shade Garden! These perennial plants establish themselves beautifully in spots with less sun, so you can spend more time enjoying unique blooms and striking foliage out of the exhausting summer heat. Discover a world of feathery plumes, mottled foliage and treasured woodland flowers.