Plan Ahead

It’s best to plan out your garden before you start digging up your soil. Bring measurements and pictures of your garden to Main Line Gardens and the professionals will utilize this information to help you design your garden. They’ll suggest various plants and where they should go in your landscape. This is a free service offered at Main Line that will help your garden look professional and put together.

Use Container Plants

Container plants in your garden, on your patio or steps, or anywhere around your home add an elegant touch to your landscape. You can choose intricate pots that are just your style to house the plants of your choice.

Add Bedding Plants

Bedding plants flower for one season and are a great option to spruce up your garden with vibrant colors. Use spring or fall bedding plants to provide texture and height to your landscape. Add them to a flower bed, a hanging basket, or patio containers.

Improve the Soil in Your Garden

If you’re considering planting a garden, work on the solution of the soil a few months before planting. Adding a 2- to 3-inch layer of compost consisting of decayed leaves, dry grass clippings, or old manure to the soil will improve its ability to grow plants.

Plant Bulbs Properly

When planting bulbs, make sure the planting bed is at least 12 to 18 inches deep and has adequate drainage and is planted with the pointed end up and the root base down. The space between the bulbs should be about three to four times the length of a bulb.

Use the Right Tools for the Job

Having a good set of gardening tools can make all the difference when creating a flower bed or garden. These tools can properly handle the delicate, new plants and allow you to safely plant them in the soil.

Reassess Your Landscape in Spring

This is the perfect time to take an inventory of your garden and plants to evaluate what needs extra attention. Some areas may need more soil, so you may want to purchase fertilizer or grass seed.

If you’re considering making a new bed or garden, early spring is a good time to do it. You may also find it’s easier to spread your mulch in early spring before spring bulbs and perennials emerge.

Make Sure Your Plants Get Enough Sun

A plant’s energy comes from the sun, so place your flower garden in an area of your yard that gets six to eight hours of sunlight a day. If your garden is too shaded, you may notice that your plants have leaves but no blooms.

Vary the Plants in Your Garden

For example, add dimension by planting flowers with different textures and shapes, such as bright annuals and bulbs, as well as plants with lush, green foliage.

Incorporating garden accessories such as statues and furniture also makes a great statement and creates a more interesting and appealing look to your garden.