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This weekend I took my sister-in-law with me to start picking some plants for the landscaping of my front yard. My house sits facing Northwest, so the front landscaping doesn’t get sun until later in the afternoon. Because of this, most plants that require “full sun” won’t work in this location. We worked on picking out perennials that will do well in partial sun to full shade.

As I was looking for ideas, I found a couple online nurseries that sells full pre-planned gardens. For a reasonable price they will send you all of the plants as well as an easy to follow design & diagram for planting a professionally looking garden.

While I decided against buying a pre-planned garden, I did get some ideas of what types of plants to look for, and what works well together from the plant listing.  In addition Better Homes and Gardens has a really nice collection of “No-Fuss Garden Plans” that are really helpful for those of us, including me, who don’t know very much about planting.

Let me tell you first, that bringing someone with a bit of knowledge about plants along is the absolute BEST tip I can give you.  Using the plans I printed out, and my sister-in-law’s expertise, I was able to pick a beautiful garden that suited my tastes.  My other tip is to find your hardiness zone before you start buying online. If you go to local garden centers they will sell plants that are within your grow zone.

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