Simple garden plans for new gardeners are available from Better Homes and Gardens, Mother Earth News and Country Living. The plan the gardener chooses may depend on soil quality, what he wishes to achieve with his garden and how much effort he wants to put in to gardening.
Individuals who worry about how drought affects their gardens can try the Better Homes and Gardens drought-resistant plan that features drought-tolerant plants like feather reed grass. Those who want a garden that requires little effort and that can weather all kinds of conditions should try the tough-as-nails plan. Featuring plants like lavender and catmint, this plan offers plenty of color without requiring a lot of attention.
Mother Earth News offers plans that are ideal for individuals looking to grow a herb garden. The plans fit into a 12-square-foot area so that gardeners can grow herbs close to their kitchen door. Each plan is flexible enough to allow gardeners to choose the herbs that best meet their needs. However, it's still important to consider which herbs complement each other in terms of growing conditions.
Country Living features free garden plans for spaces of all sizes. Available plans include those for kitchen gardens, porch spaces, water gardens, woodland paths and rose gardens. In addition to offering dimensions, each plan gives details on plant recommendations and how to landscape.