The Basic Needs of the Plants in your Garden
All plant groups have the same elemental needs of water, light and air,
but the quantity and intensity of each of these elements varies greatly.
Cacti thrive in continuous sun with very little water,
but would quickly rot in a bog.
Mosses and Lichens won’t survive without the cool, moist,
dimly lit environment of the forest floor.
Some plants grow well in alkaline soil, while others thrive in acidic soil.
The Rules of Gardening
Thankfully, gardening isn’t based on a set of ‘absolute rules’ but can be more appropriately considered to be ‘suggested guidelines‘ for growing.
With experience, you will learn to bend the rules a little and make adaptations to your gardens to allow you to grow a wider variety of plants to your landscape.
Shade can be created with plants or hardscape materials.
Drainage can be increased or slowed for drought tolerant or bog loving plants.