Gardening is an enjoyable hobby. A well-tended garden is a matter of pride to nature lovers. However, deciding to have a garden is only the first step towards this endeavor. There are many factors to be considered before selecting the kind of garden you wish to create. The type of soil, the geographical location, the climate and availability of water are some of the deciding factors. The gardener should also consider the amount of time that can be devoted to tending the garden. It is easier to maintain a garden that has similar types of plants, although one can always have a variety of plants requiring different amounts of care.
Most people dream of a pretty-looking garden, full of colorful blossoms. In such cases, a flower garden is an ideal choice. Planting perennial flowering shrubs will ensure that there are blossoms throughout the year. Different geographical locations and climatic conditions have different plant varieties, which are considered perennial. A quick research via the Internet will give an idea of the perennial plants suitable to your locality. Perennial flowering plants are usually sturdy plants and they will add color to the garden throughout the year. They need minimum care and require preparation of the soil and beds only at the planting stage.
Another option could be a vegetable garden. This serves a dual purpose; you have a lush green garden for display and you can consume the vegetables grown in the garden. Vegetable gardens however require a fair amount of work and a little extra research. Some vegetables do well throughout the year, and you are assured of a constant supply for your dinner table. More vegetables can be added later on as per their growing season to enjoy the pleasures of a kitchen garden. Vegetable gardens do not need a great amount of maintenance and hence one need not spend too much time tending to the garden.
Fruit gardens are the biggest challenge. They are difficult to manage and require a lot of maintenance. Fruit bearing trees need the right type of soil, sufficient amount of water and sunlight to give a good yield of fruits. Fertilizers need to be added to the soil and as the tree begins to bear fruits, one has to contend with insects and pests that are attracted to the flowers and the fruit. Selecting the right kind of pesticide so that it does not harm anyone consuming the fruit is of utmost importance. A fruit garden may not give crop all the year round and alternating another variety of crop during the off-season may prove to be disastrous for its growth. Another disadvantage is that you may have to share the crop of fruit with birds and squirrels. The decision to create a fruit garden finally depends on the person’s willingness to expend the energy and time to make the garden a success.
Before deciding to have a garden, it is prudent to give considerable thought to various factors as discussed above. The easiest garden to maintain is a flower garden, but the only benefit is its appeal in terms of beauty and color. However, one can have a garden with flowering plants, fruit trees and vegetables growing together and benefit from the garden produce as well as enjoy the beauty of the lush greenery and color.