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Gardening is often a labor of love. People who take the time to put together a garden and spend the money needed to bring it to fruition are invested in their efforts. In 2016, the average amount spent per customer for gardening and lawn care was $141.06. If you're going to put that money and dedication into creating a beautiful garden, you want to be sure that you choose the right plants for yourself and your home. Every landscape and gardener is different, so your needs and tastes will differ from others according to a few key factors.

Annuals vs Perennials

One thing to consider when starting your garden is whether you want to buy annuals or perennials. Annuals are flowers that will only bloom once and will need to be replanted the next year, while perennials will bloom multiple years in a row. Deciding which one of these to choose may rely on a couple of different things.

Sometimes you might be drawn to a flower because of the way it looks. You might like the colors or the shape of the flower more than others. If this is the case, you might not care if it's a perennial or an annual. You might be willing to replant it year after year because you love it so much. However, you might be the kind of person who doesn't want to have to replant their flowers every year so you may stick strictly to perennials. It's really a matter of preference and there is no right or wrong answer. You can even have a mix of the two to prevent limiting your selection of flowers.

Sun vs Shade

Another important factor in choosing plants for your front or backyard garden is how much sun your garden gets. You will want to pay attention to the locations that you plan to use so that you see how much sun they receive. Some flowers need constant sun throughout the day while others only like about an hour or so of morning sun and otherwise need to stick to the shade to thrive.

It is possible to buy a mix of these plants if you have multiple areas you want to plant them in. Sometimes your front yard garden gets more sun than the back or vice versa. It is also possible to plant trees or to add some kind of shade-producing structure if you have shade-loving plants that you want to include in an area that gets a great deal of sun.

Tall vs Short

Landscaping and gardening is an art. You can create beautiful imagery by choosing the right plants and coordinating them in a visually pleasing way. This why considering the height of your plants and where you want to plant them can be important. You don't want your taller plants blocking your shorter ones. Paying attention to how tall your plants are expected to grow can help you to plan their layout in your front or backyard garden.

A Matter of Preference

At the end of the day, which flowers and plants you choose is a matter of preference. Everyone enjoys different looks and colors. So long as you are planting them in areas that will allow them to thrive, you can choose whatever items you love the most. Your garden is meant to be a beautiful place that brings you happiness and peace. If you feel particularly drawn to certain plants and the way they look makes you feel good, then you can find a way to work them into your plan. Having both a front yard and backyard garden is a good way to work in more of a variety due to the differing levels of sun that both areas will get. Be creative, utilize the space you have available, and create a garden then speaks to you.