How To Know What To Plant In Your Garden

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How To Know What To Plant In Your Garden
By Christina Lane

How do you figure out what to plant in your garden? There are a number of deciding factors that you can use to figure out what will be the perfect plants to grow in your garden. Some of them are things that you can do nothing about, such as your particular climate. Others such as availability can still allow you to get that particular plant, but with a little help. There are many online sites that can cater to finding you a plant that you may not be able to find locally for your garden. But doing your research, as with in anything, will be what pays off for making your garden all it can be.

A first time gardener should take the time to research what particular growing climate they are in before picking out plants. It is relatively easy to find this out by going to the USDA web page for the growing zones. Once you’ve confirmed which zone you live in it will help tell you what plants you can grow. But there are variances, a family that lives in Vergennes, Vermont is in a zone 5, but plants from neighboring zones such as zone 4 or even zone 3 can be sometimes be grown in that area. It’s just that those neighboring zone plants may not do as well as in their normal area. If you check out the USDA map and simply click on your state you can easily find your specific zone.

If you don’t grow your plants for your garden yourself from seeds, then you can check with your local nurseries to see what they have. Some hardware and lawn and garden stores will carry garden plants too; so that may be a good resource for you. But if you do grow your plants from seed the sky is the limit as to what you can try. Some plants that aren’t designated in your zone may be a harder grow and require more TLC; but it can be really fun to try. There are a number of seeds available in many of your local stores for choosing from. You may find them at: hardware stores, lawn and garden stores, nurseries or even your grocery and drug store. But if you’re looking for something specific, check out some of the tried and tested online seed stores.

But the biggest deciding factor in what to grow in your garden should be based upon space and a poll of the family members within your house. If you grow a garden full of say… turnips and nobody in your home eats turnips then, well… that’s a waste. But polling your family is a great way of getting them involved in what to grow in your garden.

Gardening is a great stress reliever along with allowing you to provide food for your family. Find more tips on gardening at LanDavi Farms . You can also find books, links and more tips on gardening at their sister site LOL Lane’s Online Lawnsale.

What To Plant in Your Garden?

French Garden Design – 500 Years of Beauty

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Creating a garden is, in many ways, creating art. No more so than traditional french garden design and style. Classic french gardens are known for being highly organized and formal. They also feature many classic geometrical shapes borrowed from Roman architecture.

What we consider to be traditional French garden design and style was developed and refined between the 17th and 18th centuries. Most often, the gardens were created as living extensions to the chateaux they surrounded.The variety and size of the design elements fountains, menagerie, sculptures and aviaries included were statements to the wealth, power and station of those living there.

Gardens of Versailles

Perhaps the best known example of french garden design and style is the garden of Versailles located just outside Paris. Commissioned by King Louis XIV the gardens of Versailles are the most lavish gardens in France.

Royal Gardeners Claude Mollet and Hilaire Masson designed the original gardens in 1632. Thirty years later Louis XIV created the Versailles Gardens as we know them today. Landscape architect Andre Le Notre both expanded and embellish the gardens. The gardens have meticulously manicured lawns, geometric shapes, abundant blooming flowers, extensive statuary, and 11 main water fountains.

Elements of French Garden Design

The most notable feature of a French garden are geometrical designs. Squares, rectangles, triangles and circles are created using low clipped hedges of various shrubs and bushes. These geometrical areas are packed with lawn grass, flowers, vegetables and herbs, following a predetermined color scheme.

Apart from the hedges, no other flowers, vegetables or herbs are permanently planted inside the beds. The colors planted inside the beds are changed every season. Flowers with pastel colors as well as yellow, red, lilac and blue are used predominantly in French garden designs.

Water Features

Traditional French garden design makes extensive use of water features. Fountains, cascades, pools and even canals with bridges across them are a very powerful aspect of traditional French garden design. The movement of water creates a cooling effect within the large scale the gardens are built on and provide the gardens with a fluid flow in its designs.

Landscape Features

Because traditional French gardens are built on such large scales, pathways leading to other elements and components within the garden are necessary. These pathways tend to be laid with stones and bordered with small trees, neatly clipped hedges or perhaps a wall covered with a trellis of roses. Along the way a visitor will be treated to many statues, sculptures, sundials, columns, birdbaths and other garden ornaments.

Traditionally, a terrace overlooking the garden or small gazebo made up of cobblestones with wrought iron chairs painted white along side matching tables, where guests enjoy a glass of French wine while viewing the gardens, were also incorporated within the design. To enjoy the garden throughout the harsh winters, an orangery is also an important component of traditional French garden design.

All French garden designs were strongly influenced by their creators and their owners’ standard of living and thought. The designs were characterized by their control and manipulation of nature, by instilling strong geometrical elements in them. The French garden designs have undergone changes over time, but what still remains unchanged is the wonder they invoke.