It's awfully cold outside but that shouldn't stop you from planning your garden or patio areas for next Spring. Now is the time to collect catalogs, magazine photos, online ideas and more. Get them all together, grab a cup of coffee, a close friend and sit down and dream......it's free!
Here are a few guidelines to help get your started:
Start by deciding on the kind of feel or mood you want to project with your garden or patio area. Choose a theme, such as color, plant materials, architectural focus, pottery type and styles and any decorative statuary you want to use. Scan thru the latest websites and garden magazines for ideas on new styles of pottery available. List the types of plants you like so that you can ask your local nursery personal when and if they will be carrying them next season.
Have a point! Think what is the point of this area. Are the plants for cooking with like herbs and cacti? Do you want them located close to a patio door or kitchen entry? Will the plants be for a cutting and decorating with inside the home. Will you need your potted plants to act as a privacy screen. Make sure the size, shape and type of the plants you are using fit the point of use. Spend time planning it now so that you won't experience a disappointing result next Spring.
One of the most important factors to consider is where the sun is at different times of the day in your patio or garden area. Make sure that if you use certain types of plant materials that need a considerable amount of direct sunlight that you locate those planters in those spots. You can change, pots, soil and locations but you can't change where the sun hits at different times of the day.
Decide now how much work you want to put into the project in both prep time and maintenance. Don't plan a high maintenance plan if you don't want to be bothered once the time arrives for blooming. The main thing to consider is that at some point we want you to sit down and enjoy all this hard work and effort so don't go for the uber difficult plants to maintain.
Finally draw out the plan on the computer. Mark where potted plants will go and where you will plant directly into the soil. Mark where you will place that heirloom statue you have stored in the garage for the last 5 years. Draw where you will set up a eating area or fire pit.