Have you been dreaming of a Perennial Garden in your yard that is colorful without a lot of hassle? Would you like a beautiful flower garden that comes back year after year? Then this is the plan for you.
The true beauty of Perennials is that they need little care, but will perform for you like champions and do it again and again for years with a minimum of upkeep.
This plan is for a 40' x20' garden, it would fit into your backyard, or even maybe your front yard. For a beautiful, colorful garden that will give you months of enjoyment, this would be a great perennial garden plan to use.
To download this Perennial Garden Plan, just right click over the plan and copy and paste it onto your desktop or documents. From there you can print it onto 8 1/2" x 11" paper.
It is drawn in 1/8" scale, which means every 1/8" on the plan equals 1 foot in the garden. This will help you lay out the plan in the garden.
As this is a Landscape Plan site and not a horticultural information site, I like to keep my main thing my main thing! But I feel I would be doing you a disfavor by not at least teaching you the basics so you can make a decision as to whether a perennial garden plan is for you or not.
This Perennial Garden Plan has few care requirements for many years of great returns for your investment of time & money, and if you do some work up front, you will reap many years of enjoyment.
I will go over the basic requirements here.
The best thing you can do for a new Perennial garden is to do what's called "double digging". This is where you take the plot you will be planting, and dig down the entire plot a shovel's depth, moving the soil to the side.
Then you do the same thing again to a second shovels depth. The soil is then all mixed with a good quality compost and fertilizers, (heavy on the Potash & Phosphorus).
Now, I have done this before and I will tell you, it is a lot of work! But I will also tell you, it is worth it! Nothing else will get your garden off to such a good start as this. And your efforts will pay off for years to come.
This is obviously a crash course in Perennials, I would advise you if you want to know more or if you are going to install this garden, to buy a good reference book on Perennials. I always think a good book is invaluable in success with any plant or plant family.
You can adapt this Perennial Garden Plan to your individual situation in several ways. You can adapt the plant material to your climate zone and the best way to do this would be to take the plant list to your local garden center and ask one of the certified nurserymen to help you with this. I say certified because you will want someone who is qualified making these suggestions for you.
You can also use just a portion of the plan if you don't have enough room for the whole thing. Try though to take a piece that goes from front to back so you get that stair stepped effect.
Basically what you want to accomplish is to place the plants in the rear of the bed to be the tallest and gradually plant ones that are shorter in front of those and so on until the plants in front are border plants, short low growing perennials that frame the front of the border.
Color-wise, you can use the colors I have picked for this garden or choose to go with a different color scheme. I prefer sticking with a harmonious color scheme, sticking with either warm or cool colors.
You may also choose to use a mixed palette of colors for a more informal look. There is no right or wrong, it's your garden, it should please you.
Now, if you're ready, go ahead and download the Perennial Garden Plan, and start adapting it to your yard. Make plans to prepare your soil, start researching the plant material to see if they are good for your climate zone and start to make this garden a reality for you.
If this is your first experience with Perennials, I think you will be pleasantly surprised. You will find that they are easy to grow, undemanding, and will reward your efforts year after year with a beautiful color show.
I hope you enjoy this Perennial Garden Plan, I think it would make a nice addition to a front or back yard. Or use a portion of it to spice up a corner of your yard.
However you use it, I hope you learn more about Perennials and how to use them to create a wonderful, colorful garden that will bring you lots of pleasure for many years.