Sunday, December 20, 2009

Having Your Own Garden

By: Charlie Reese

Climate changes affect almost everyone in the world. Water shortages are common and in some regions, your water usage may even be restricted. It's becoming more difficult to have that lush tropical garden in drought areas. There are many excellent and comprehensive plant guides which include most plants, but which may not readily survive in your garden. Maybe it's time to rethink your garden plans, with an eye to beautiful beds filled with native plants. Regional native plant guides are limited to flowers, grasses and other ornamentals and wildflowers which are adapted to your garden's environment and seasonal changes.
Although it's lovely, that fussy perennial, which you nurse along in your hot desert climate year after year, may not survive much longer, due to insufficient available water or increasing temperatures. Native plant guides hold hundreds of entries from which you may choose to create a new display of flowers which will thrive and hang tough in harsh conditions you may experience in your area on a yearly basis. Not only these native plants thrive, but they'll require less maintenance. After all, native plants flourished in the area before there were any gardeners to water them!

While native plants will survive even when neglected, a little pruning, trimming and dead-heading in your flower beds will keep your garden looking like the ones in the garden magazines.

Another advantage in using native plants to design your landscaping is that, while a more exotic species may fall prey to a local pest, native plants are typically more resistant, which reduces your workload considerably and results in a more beautiful garden.

Native plant guides give you the full particulars of the plant's physical characteristics, growing and soil conditions and every other detail you may need to know. Look for plant guides which include photos. This makes it easy to leaf through your guide and find plants which appeal to your taste and helps you to coordinate desirable color themes.

As you discover those perfect native plant candidates which will fit beautifully in a certain location, consult your local nursery for any comments and advice they might have concerning specific varieties which may do best in your garden. Search around on the net for regional nurseries which stock less common native plants. For example, the prickly pear cactus, which bears large, beautiful pink flowers in spring, may not be available at your neighborhood nursery, but you'll be able to find sources online. This plant can make a spectacular privacy fence in the hot, dry garden with sandy soil.

No matter what area of the country you live in, you can find a native plant guide, just chock full of choices to suit your purposes. If you simply can't give up that one prize non-native plant, at least you'll have plenty of time to lavish that bed with TLC. The rest of your garden will take care of itself.

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About the Author:
Charlie Reese likes giving plant and free tarot card readings advice on his free automated tarot readings
website weekly.

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