Landscaping plants primarily serve three major purposes: architectural, engineering and environmental. However, when it comes to picking landscaping plants, your preference outshines all three. Individually or used together, plants are the foundation of the landscape and reinforce the intended use of your outdoor space.
Aesthetics and curb appeal tend to be the most notable quality of a landscape. The success or failure of a landscape is often judged on the visual quality of the plants. Aesthetics start with the plant types you pick and their location.
Picking landscaping plants
Types of trees
You simply cannot make mistakes when it comes to tree selection and placement for your landscape. After all, if you place a tree where it does not belong, this can be a huge headache down the road. Also, many trees are slow growers, meaning you will have to wait a long time to reap their benefits. When the waiting period is over, you do not want to be stuck with features you did not bargain for. As such, you have to know the features you want for a tree in order for you to choose the right one. Trees can be categorised as follows:
- Flowering trees
- Fast-growing shade trees
- Evergreen trees
- Dwarf trees
As with trees, plant selection for areas adjacent to your house should be done with great care. Certain shrubs are good choices for foundation plantings because they stay compact, thereby minimising maintenance. Shrubs can also be organised according to how they are used.
- Flowering shrubs
- Evergreen shrubs
- Fast-growing shrubs
Plant selection for vines
Some homeowners are huge fans of vines. However, you have to be very careful with your plant selection. This is largely due to the fact that many vines are invasive plants. Many vines grow so vigorously they end up becoming a backyard maintenance nightmare.
Types of groundcovers
Groundcovers are essential to add beauty to a landscape. These can be evergreen deciduous, flowering or non-flowering and cover a wide area in the ground. Pick the right kind of groundcover to complement your landscape. Moreover, you also have to check on the area where you will place groundcovers so you will know if they will thrive in it. Some groundcovers are sensitive to sunlight while others grow well if they get water most of the time.
Also, consider perennial plants as part of your landscape. Perennial plants occupy lesser areas meaning you can place them in groups or even combine different kinds in one place. As such, you can use perennials to add colours, heights and textures to your garden.
Consider soil, weather and sunlight
It is essential that you undertake thorough to ascertain plants that thrive in your area. On one hand, there are plants that are sensitive to sunlight and easily wither. While on the other hand there are plants that do well in humid conditions. With these factors in mind, you will be able to get the right plants for your landscape.