Macomb Township nursery suggests that even though fall is approaching here in southern Michigan, it isn’t too late to start planning your garden for next year. The fall and winter is a great time for homeowners to begin thinking about changes to their yard, or work with a Macomb County landscaping professional to design a new concept for their yard and garden. Once you have a plan for what your yard will look like, you need to decide what kind of plants you want to include in your outdoor space.
Annuals vs. Perennials
Annual and perennial plants are what we normally think of as the flowering plants in our landscapes. They come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes. But what is the difference between an annual and a perennial? Annuals need to be planted year after year. Some popular types of annuals are geraniums and petunias. These plants can give your garden a boost of color, but when the season is done, they must be pulled up and re-planted again next year. Perennials come back year after year, without needing to be replanted. These are ideal plants in gardens that you don’t want to redo year after year, or if you are looking for a lower maintenance garden. Many people like to mix annual and perennial plants in the same garden.
Sun vs. Shade
Thinking about how much sun you have in your garden space is pretty important. Different plants thrive in different light and heat levels. A plant that thrives in the shade will suffer in the sun, and the opposite is true for plants that thrive in the sun. When planning your garden, make sure that you are selecting the right plants for the level of sun in your garden area.
Vegetables: A New Addition
It is becoming more popular to include vegetables and herbs in decorative flower gardens. Vegetables and herbs can add good foliage and cover for other plants, and as an added bonus, you get fresh food from your garden. Not sure what kinds of vegetables to use? Squash have large bright flowers, herbs can add good smells and peppers and tomatoes have bright fruit. There are even decorative types of cabbage and lettuce that can make a fun addition to your garden.
Of course, you want all plants that you put in your garden to be attractive, but what about plants that attract wildlife to your yard? Bushes and shrubs that have berries will attract birds to your yard. If you have a vegetable garden and are looking to get more bees in your yard, look for plants that flower and are bee attractive. Plants like Butterfly Bush and Trumpet Vine attract butterflies and humming birds. If you are looking to bring a little more nature into your yard, these kind of attractive plants will do the trick.
Of course, don’t forget about those sweet smelling plants and flowers. Many plants have an amazing smell that makes your yard more inviting for not only wildlife but for your nose as well. Good choices for sweet smelling blooms are roses, peonies, and lavender. If you are looking for plants that are beneficial and have a pleasant odor, consider adding marigolds to your garden. The smell from marigolds detracts insect pests from other plants in your garden.
Looking for a great Macomb Township nursery?
Your options for plants and flowers in your garden are endless. To make sure that you are planting the best in for your garden, stop by the United Plant Center today, a Macomb Township nursery where our plant experts are waiting to help you with all of your garden needs.
The United Plant center is just South of 29 mile Rd, on Van Dyke, just minutes away from Downtown Romeo. Stop in and see us today!