Garden Plants For Landscaping

Posted by Tammy Sons on Jan 27, 2016

Garden Plants For Landscaping

Plants can turn a dull, unattractive yard into a beautiful, welcoming personal paradise. When you get ready to landscape with plants, there are many things to consider. Your soil will play an essential part in plants’ health; before you do anything else, you should amend soil to make sure it is well-draining and well aerated. That may be as simple as tiling it – alternatively, you may need to add some sphagnum peat and organic compost. Next, choose your plants. Here are ideas for kinds of garden plants to use in specific areas of the yard.



Border Plants

For border plants, some things to consider are whether you want non-flowering or flowering shrubs and whether you want a tall border or a low-growing border. Around the yard's perimeter, you might choose tall shrubs -- in contrast, around a flowerbed, you may choose a low-growing border plant.

For a classic evergreen shrub, you can go with the standard boxwood. Alternatively, choose from azalea, hydrangea, forsythia, Rose of Sharon, or various other flowering shrubs.

When planting young garden plants and shrubs, you should remember to allow space between them, as they will fill out as they grow.



Shade Plants

If you have areas of full to partial shade, fill these with shade-loving perennials. These include plants such as hosta, hellebore, and lamium and groundcovers such as ajuga.

Check the soil and watering needs of the different plants when planting them together. It is best to choose plants with similar needs when planting them in the same flowerbed. It would help if you also kept in mind plant height. Shorter plants should be planted in from of taller plants so that they do not become hidden.


Plants for Sunny Areas

Aster, peony, Black-Eyed Susan, phlox, lavender, and Shasta daisy are among the many perennials that enjoy sunny areas.

Each year you can also add some sun-loving annuals to the mix if you choose. Marigolds are one popular choice.

Flowering plants and evergreen shrubs are not the only kinds of plants you can consider. Ornamental grasses, such as fountain grass and pampas grass, add exciting additions to the landscape. Many of these grasses can grow quite large, so keep that in mind.


Color Schemes With Garden Plants

For particular areas, choose similar or complimenting colors. For example, one area may have a combination of soft pink, white and pale blue flowers. Another area could have orange, yellow, and red flowering plants. Nothing says you cannot combine flower colors in unique ways, but you may want to avoid odd clashes, such as placing soft pink flowers next to red-orange.