Plant Ideas: Choosing The Right Plants for you Landscape


Simply making your landscaping plants choices based on only coluor, size, and type will generally not give you the greatest success. The best planting schemes aren’t complicated but they don’t happen by accident either.

Along with being familiar with the individual plants growth habits, principles such as simplicity, repetition, and balance should be considered with all primary plant placements and ideas.

Beyond Color, Size, and Type

For most folks, the primary considerations for choosing landscaping plants and planting ideas are simply color, size, and type(tree, bush, flower). However, for true diversity, creativity, and increased survival rate, you should add a few more considerations to the list.

Creating a thriving and functional planting scheme for your landscaping or garden isn’t without effort. You’ll need to base your plant choices on thought out and planned guidelines and considerations. Color, size, and type can be placed in a plan for visual without actually knowing exact plants. However, to match these spaces with the right plants will take a little study, effort, and additional planning.

To make it easier, you can break this down into primary, secondary, and other considerations.

Primary Considerations For Choosing The Right Garden And Landscaping Plants

Plant Width and Height should be figured by the mature size a plant will get to be in both up and spread outward directions. Generally not the size the plant is when you buy it.

Form is the shape of a plant and how it occupies and accents an area. Common form and shapes are oval, round, creeping, columnar, vase, weeping.

Texture can be considered in terms of leaf thickness, fineness or roughness, and shade(light or dark) of plants. As a rule, use more finer textured plants than coarse textures.

Seasonal interest and color are figured by the special features a plant has at different times of the year. Foliage, Winter color, changing colors, fruit, flowers, etc.

Secondary Planting Conditions

Disease And Insect Resistance
Shady Or Sunny
Moisture tolerance
Drought Resistance
Soil Types
Plant Information

Other Considerations

Landscaping plants are a common choice to screen or hide unsightly areas of your landscaping ideas such as air conditioners and trash cans. However, in most applications, you don’t want to attract attention to these areas using bright colorful plants as the cover. Generally, being the norm, green tends to attract less attention to the area.

Large leaf plants

Generally, large leaf plants work well in the shade. More leaf surface allows the plant to gather and use more light. However, for obvious reasons, large leaf plants are not the best choice for windy areas. Not only are they more susceptible to tearing in the wind, the more leaf surface releases more moisture to drying winds.

Colours and space

To make a large area garden seem more intimate and cozy, use bright colourful plants. To make small gardens seem larger, use lighter coloured plants. You can also transition shades of one colour from lighter to darker or darker to lighter to give a sense of depth, more space, or less space.

Contrast and visibility

Consider the colours of surrounding areas and base plant colour choices on whether you want plants to contrast or blend with an area. For instance, white flowers against a red brick home will be highly visible while red Roses will blend in.

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