A Guide to Choosing Plants For Your Landscape

Americans are obsessed with their gardens. It’s not enough that one has a green yard. Homeowners and even business owners take it seriously – planning the layout of the yard, choosing the right theme, and picking out what type of plants best suit the overall image of the property. Indeed, there’s a lot going on than just mowed grass and a couple of foliage. And if you’re planning on creating your own landscaping project for your home, be prepared to undergo significant amounts of stress, especially if it’s your first time doing it. Needless to say, landscaping has a lot of factors that need to be considered. But you don’t have to stress out that much over each factor because we’re giving you a rundown of the things that need to be done to make the project smooth sailing. Let’s begin with plants.

How do you choose the proper plants for your home? Surely you wouldn’t want to plant cactus on your yard if the climate in your area is just above freezing. Nor will you put pine trees in your yard if you’re living in places like Florida. Here’s a guide to what you should consider before buying plants for your garden or yard. Remember, the word “landscape” can never be complete without S.C.A.P.E.

Size

Size matters, of course. In this, we mean the size and natural growth of the plants you choose. While some plants like the Ixora bush can be trimmed to your desired shape and size, cabbage trees won’t compromise with you. These plants tend to grow tall as time passes, so it’s ideal to plant them at the backdrop instead of in the front. Think of it this way: you do not want to cover small shrubs with tall ones, because people won’t be able to see them. Plus, they tend to overshadow these shrubs, making them less likely to receive enough sunlight. Basic principles of landscaping and gardening are to put smaller plants at the front of the patch and work your way to the tall ones, placing them at the back.

Climate

Climate is key in landscaping. As stated earlier, you do not want to buy plants that aren’t suitable for your area. Junipers, for example, are plants that thrive in cold climate. So if you live in places like Florida, it would be silly to have such plants in your garden. If you push through with this despite knowing that the plants cannot survive in such climate, you can kiss your whole landscaping project goodbye. Don’t worry though, your local landscaping professional can definitely help you with that. And remember, if it doesn’t grow in the tropics, you would less likely find it in your local plant nursery.

Animals

Is your region plagued by crop-eating insects? Or is your area potentially susceptible to deer pests? If you live in areas teeming with wildlife, you might want to consider choosing plants that are resistant to it. Let’s take deer for example. Blue rug junipers release a certain smell that deer simply cannot stand. The lavender plant is another ideal plant to consider if you live in humid areas where mosquitoes thrive. Lavender secretes a lovely aroma that mosquitoes despise. There are other plants out there that can repel insects and animals naturally without you having to do a thing… except plant them.

Plan

What exactly is your plan? That is the question you should be asking yourself before you opt to buy plants for your garden. You might be going for a Caribbean-themed yard but the plants available in your area don’t grow in a tropical area. It’s important to carefully plan your steps before undergoing the project and starting on buying plants. The plants that you buy will be dependent not only on the factors mentioned in this guide but also with your landscaping plan.

Equality

The placement of plants is a major factor to consider in planning out your landscaping project. There is what we call symmetry or equality in landscaping that helps elevate your yard. It’s so important that if it isn’t done correctly, you might turn your whole landscape into a random patch of greenery and cause more problems for you in the long run. Let’s take trees for example. If you choose a tree that tends to grow its branches everywhere and you just so happen to place it right beside your house, you might have to remove its branches later on and compromise its aesthetic beauty or worse, you just might have to have the tree felled. The same goes for sunlight. Before you buy a certain plant, identify if it’s a shade plant or a sun plant. Elephant ears are plants that need to be in the shade, otherwise, you would just risk letting it die. The Montauk daisy is a sun lover, so planting it in an area where the sun shines briefly might spell disaster for you and the plant.

So there you have it, a brief guide to buying plants ideal for your envisioned yard. But if you’re still having doubts with your own capabilities as a gardener, don’t worry. We at Willis Lawn Care and Landscape can help you achieve your dream yard. Our expert landscapers and lawn care professionals are well knowledgeable and highly skilled to meet and surpass the needs of lawn lovers like yourself. Partner with us today and we’ll show everyone how a proper lawn is supposed to look like. Give us a call today or send us an email. Let’s make your lawn look better than before!

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