How to Pick Plants for a Garden


Choosing plants is one of the most exciting parts of gardening. When contemplating the wild varieties of green growing things you can add to your yard, it's easy to get overwhelmed. Don't be impulsive. Plan out each purchase carefully, and you will be on your way to a great garden.

Step 1

Pick plants that are adapted for your hardiness or climate zone. The climate zone you live in determines what plants will grow in your environment. Seed packages will tell you the zones for which they are best suited.

Step 2

Pick evergreen foundation plants. Evergreen trees and shrubs to provide privacy and year-round cover. You can also use them to define your garden paths.

Step 3

Add deciduous foundation plants. Deciduous trees and shrubs are bare in winter, but many have bright colors, festive flowers or fruits in the spring and summer. Use small trees, such as Japanese maples or dwarf fruit trees, as centerpieces in your garden.

Step 4

Pick a variety of flowers with different blooming times. If you pick early blooming wildflowers, late blooming sunflowers and a selection that blooms in between, your garden will look like a fireworks display from early spring until late fall.

Step 5

Pick vegetable and herb varieties you enjoy and can't get easily. Heirloom tomatoes, for example, are more flavorful than store-bought tomatoes bred for maximum shelf life.

Step 6

Add some vines and structures for them to grow on. Vines growing over arches, trellises or other features add a beautiful, rustic touch to your garden.

Things You'll Need

  • Shrubs
  • Trees
  • Seeds
  • Bulbs


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Who Can Help

  • Hardiness Zones
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Isaiah David is a freelance writer and musician living in Portland, Ore. He has over five years experience as a professional writer and has been published on various online outlets. He holds a degree in creative writing from the University of Michigan.