Selecting Specific Plants

After you have decided on the plan that best suits your needs, you will need to select the plants that will give the desired effect. The selection of the right plants can be as important or even more important than the plan itself.

Before a plant can be used intelligently in the landscape, you should learn all you can about it. Some of the questions you should ask are:

  1. Is the plant hardy? By this we mean, will it survive our northern winters in the soil and location where you wish to plant it? We ordinarily do not think of the Baltic ivy as being hardy, yet I have grown it successfully on the north side of a building where it receives protection from the winter sun and has dependable snow cover.
  2. How large does it grow? The plant should be in scale with the grounds and the house.
  3. What are the seasonal aspects? Does it have more than one season of beauty? A plant that combines good form and texture with good bloom is more valuable than one that has only attractive bloom. Colored fruits, fall color, and winter interest are other considerations.
  4. Does the plant have any serious insect or disease problems? Avoid plants that require expensive spray programs to keep them healthy.
  5. Will it become a serious weed? Many plants that would be acceptable as landscape plants can spread by seeds and underground rhizomes. Creeping Charlie, goutweed, and some of the polygonums are examples.

It is best to ask these questions before deciding to put a particular plant on the plan. We have plenty of good plants to select from. These plants are described later in this book.

With a dot indicate the exact location of every plant. Each group of plants should be delineated. Each kind of plant should be given a symbol and a planting list prepared giving the number of each kind needed. You can then order the right number and kinds of plants. Too often, we follow the reverse procedure. We buy plants on impulse and then try to find a place to plant them.

Another advantage of planning is that it allows an orderly development of the landscape. It is not necessary to do all the planting at once. The first year you may plant only the trees and the lawn. The shrubs and flowers can be added later, depending on your available time and budget.

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Homeowners Guide To Landscaping

Homeowners Guide To Landscaping

How would you like to save a ton of money and increase the value of your home by as much as thirty percent! If your homes landscape is designed properly it will be a source of enjoyment for your entire family, it will enhance your community and add to the resale value of your property. Landscape design involves much more than placing trees, shrubs and other plants on the property. It is an art which deals with conscious arrangement or organization of outdoor space for human satisfaction and enjoyment.

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