Homeowners who enjoy gardening and landscaping have plenty of decisions to make about what plants to choose and how to arrange them for the maximum style of beauty. Although mature bedding plants, shrubs, and even vegetables may give an immediate result, using seedlings in landscaping has its benefits as well.
With the growing popularity of natural landscapes, using native plants, and less formal plant arrangements, more people are growing a variety of plants from seed directly in the garden. The benefit is two-fold. The gardens get a new look quickly, and the seedlings grow stronger in natural conditions.
Seedlings Fill in Gaps
When planting flowers, shrubs, or even ornamental trees in a garden bed, they need to have sufficient space around them to grow into their adult sizes. The resultant gaps may not look very attractive. Fill these spots with seedlings instead of vast expanses of mulch. They provide a green carpet or ground cover.
Seedlings Grow Up
Although patience is needed for a tree or large shrub seedlings to reach their full size, smaller plants like perennial flowers or foliage will take less time to fill their space in the garden. In the meantime, tuck low-growing annuals around the tiny plant for more visual interest.
Seedlings Save You Money
For the most enthusiastic gardeners, a trip to the plant center can cut a big hole in their wallet. Instead of spending more on a mature basket of begonias, buy a flat of seedlings for less and scatter them about your landscaping design. More impact costs less money with seedlings. This is especially true for larger plants like shrubs or trees.
Whether you purchase seedlings started by a gardening center or buy a packet of seeds and grow them yourself, they can be an essential and attractive part of any flower or vegetable garden. These very young plants can fill gaps with beautiful foliage and then transplanted when they mature. Or they can be left in place to flourish as time goes on.