Starting a garden from scratch can seem daunting to a beginner! But we’ve got lots of great ideas and free garden plans for every kind of garden, whether it’s big and sprawling or tiny. To start, look at the area you want to plant: Does it get full sun, which is 6 or more hours per day? Or it only gets partial sun, which is about half that, or full shade. Watch that space for a few days to get a feel for what’s happening at what time of day. Also consider seasonal changes. For example, an area that has full shade in the summer may be full sun in the spring. That will dictate which plants are likely to thrive in that area. It’s important to read plant labels carefully and make sure a perennial, shrub or tree can survive winters in your USDA Hardiness Zone (find yours here).
It is also important to be patient as gardens are not built overnight. They evolve over the years as you learn more about the plants you love. And whether you’re a seasoned gardener or a complete beginner, Mother Nature will continue to give you some unexpected twists and turns along the way.
The bottom line is that you are never done learning about plants and your garden. So embrace the challenges, enjoy the unexpected surprises, and read on to discover tons of great garden plants and layout ideas for your own backyard oasis.