Perennials For Zone 10

The Joys of Gardening

Gardening is enjoyed by many people the world over, from small window boxes filled with flowers to extensive mega gardens that spread over multiple acres. It's no wonder why it's such a favorite hobby, few things in life can compare to planting a seed and nurturing it, watching it grow until it blooms into a beautiful plant you can be proud of.

A critical factor in having a beautiful and fruitful garden is to find plants that complement one another. Consider using trees as a focal point for your garden. If planting deciduous trees, consider contrasting them with evergreens. Even during the winter months, hedges will help your garden to retain its beauty as they stay green year round.

When planting rosebushes, consider doing so within a ground cover of some sort. Suggestions include clover, forget-me-nots or alyssum. For planting perennials, plant them at different heights and group them by color. There are many kinds of flowers to choose from, and there's no need to limit yourself to just lilies or tulips. Try other, more exotic flowers to spice up your garden and give it a little flair. For best results, reference a color wheel to give you an idea of which flowers' colors compliment one another.

For gardens with a significant amount of white flowers, yellow or other very light colors, offset it with a border or backdrop of green, such as a hedge. The contrast when the flowers bloom will enhance the appearance of the flowers and bring out the brilliance of the flowers bloom.

Shrubs, ferns and other types of greenery can be used to fill in any empty spaces in your garden, and are an excellent choice to use to hide areas of your yard that you don't want others to see.

Lastly, consider adding in a few fun and exciting pieces of sculpture to your garden. If your garden is bright and colorful, use statuary of a neutral shade, like stone or grey. If you have a less colorful garden, consider contrasting it with more colorful decorations such as a multicolored mirror ball.

Another fun idea is to plant your garden around a small set of outdoor tables and chairs with path stones leading to it. This will allow you to sip tea or coffee in the garden, an oasis of tranquility surrounded by the fruits of your gardening labor.

A properly planned garden will give you tons of fun and enjoyment for years to come, but almost as much pleasure can be gleaned from the planning and planting process. So, go on out there, select your plants and get to digging! Don't be afraid to get dirty; there's no hurt in the dirt!