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It’s a warm day in early spring and you’ve just received a box with one of our pre-planned gardens or plant collections. 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 that works beautifully in your landscape.
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, 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.
Look at the planting list and make sure each plant is accounted for and looks healthy. Place the plant tags, planting list, planting instructions and diagrams in a safe spot! These will be extremely important when it comes time to plant.
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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. By definition, those plants won’t do well in poorly-draining or wet soil.
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.
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!
After you’ve chosen your garden shape based on your property or taste, measure out the area and mark the back, front and sides. This is an important step, as our landscape designers have placed the tallest plants in the back, and the shorter varieties in the front where they are easy to care for.
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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.
Now that you have your garden shape planned out, it’s time to get out the measuring tape again! If you look at your planting map, a circle designates each plant. Check the mature width of each plant; that is the total width of the circle (with the plant in the center of the circle). For example, the Fragrant Garden has a large circle in it that is Bee Balm Jacob Kline. At its maturity, this Bee Balm will grow to be 36” wide, so the circle is 36” wide. Once you’ve measured this, 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 errors.
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 as the plants could get overcrowded in several seasons.
Add an organic compost or topsoil to the area before planting and 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, which 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.
Make sure to keep an eye on your young plants in the beginning, offering them plenty of supplemental water and removing any weeds. 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, 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 not hinder your plants’ growth!
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.
Now that you’ve planted one of our pre-planned gardens, in no time you’ll be enjoying a professionally designed landscape that took little time and – best of all – a fraction of the cost. The hour or so of planning and measuring before planting is definitely worth it: we promise!