Choosing The Best Landscaping Plants
The options for landscaping plants are so vast that it can be challenging simply to come up with a color scheme that will satisfy your individual taste. Here are some tips to choosing the best landscaping plants. Decide what physical features such as size, shape and color are important for your landscape plan. When purchasing landscaping plants, check the label or ask a garden center employee for the mature height, width and spacing requirements. Trees and shrubs come in a variety of shapes, including round, weeping, pyramidal or columnar. Consider how the plants will look throughout the year, accounting for seasonal features such as autumn leaf color or springtime flowers. Use ornamental grasses to soften the landscape and add texture and movement. Find your planting zone on the U. S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness map, and use this information to select plants that are suitable for your area. Native plants are good because they are specifically adapted to the local environment.
Match plant growth habits and maintenance requirements with your time and skills. A fast-growing privet makes a quick hedge but quickly becomes overgrown without frequent pruning. Trees and shrubs that drop leaves, fruit or flowers may create messy ground litter. For a low-maintenance yard, use compact evergreen species that require little or no pruning. Purchase plants from a reputable nursery or garden center. Look for landscaping plants with strong branches and sturdy trunks. Avoid plants with pale, withered leaves or those that appear root-bound (indicated by roots growing out of the bottom of the container).