Plants have to be chosen carefully after looking at the environmental conditions of your landscape, its microclimate and composition and type of soil. Also, you need plants that can thrive in the landscape and the spot assigned to it. Native plants are an excellent choice as they have existed in the landscape for many years due to which they are accustomed to the climate and geography of that area. They require fewer pesticides than non-native plants and consume less water.
When it comes to selecting plants, it should be done based on the type of specimen you are considering. While designing garden trees, shrubs, vines and perennials are predominantly used. Find below more information about them.
Trees: This is one selection where any error can become costly. A tree occupies a vast area of your landscape, and if it overhangs on the house or the road, it can cause considerable headaches in the future. Another reason for careful consideration of trees is that they are slow to grow and hence you cannot expect it to reap benefits immediately. Know what type of tree you are planting as you don’t want to wait for so long only to be disappointed with the results.
Trees can be divided into flowering trees, foliage trees, evergreen trees, dwarf trees, and fast-growing trees.
Shrubs: As with trees, garden shrubs should also be carefully selected. Certain shrubs can be used as foundation plantings as they are low maintenance. Roses and category of shrubs is a popular choice as they not only beautify the house but also keep noise at bay. There are various types of roses available in different colors and sizes.
Vines: Vines are a favorite among gardeners as they are very versatile, they can grow quickly which can be an advantage as well as a disadvantage. There are many vines which invade other plants, and hence you have to choose them carefully. Also, as it grows very fast maintaining the yard becomes a pain.
Groundcovers: Groundcovers are mostly foliage plants meaning they have great looking leaves but may not have beautiful flowers. Many landscape developers want to incorporate more such groundcovers in their garden as it blooms well and prevents soil erosion.
Perennials: A garden with flowers is akin to having perennials for most. If you are not among those who want to keep planting the annuals, perennials are an excellent choice as you do not have to replant every year. These perennials grow every year and are less maintenance. There are a few tasks that need to be done to maintain these plants to keep them growing year after year. They can be divided into the tall, short, long blooming and cacti perennials.
Annuals: The annuals are commonly used as bedding and decorative plants. They add a dash of color to your landscape. Like all other plants and trees, the selection of annuals is based on the sun and shade available in your yard.
Determine the type of plants based on how much maintenance you are ready to do. Choose:
Buy quality plants,
Remove invasive plants.
Buy plants which are easy to care and pleasant to look.
Consider the size of the plant.
These ideas can bring back life to your lovely garden, so go for it.