A little know truth in Garden Design is the fact that plants which you can buy in small containers or in small sizes will almost always grow quickly when well maintained. They become the same size as larger plants in roughly a two to five year period. Do take the time to search around in the nursery and have a look at the various sizes on offer.
If you live in a temperate zone and you wait until the autumn to purchase trees you will save a lot of money simply by buying bare root stock. This is much cheaper than buying container grown or root-balled stock and each will grow on equally well provided they are both well maintained. This bare root stock is available in a wide range of sizes, from a foot or two high up to eight or ten feet.
When you know exactly what plants you want, simply establish if they are are available in the smaller containers or as bare-root stock. You can get great value and obtain the same effect simply by buying the smaller pots or the bare-root stock and ensuring that you provide good conditions for them to grow.
A common mistake which often erodes your budget and which is easy to make is over-planting. If you deliberately decide to carry out a dense planting, in the knowledge that you will remove some items as they begin to mature, that is very much OK. If however you are prepared to live with some slightly bare earth for a few years, then you can plant your material taking the mature sizes of your plants into consideration. All you’ve got to do is maintain them well and they will grow to fill their allocated space, saving you money and work in the meantime.
Choosing plants such as herbaceous perennials and shrubs will also save you some cash, as they continue growing from year to year without the need to replant them.
Planting a wildflower lawn will mean that you spend much less time and money on maintenance and you will be doing your bit for nature and the wider landscape.
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