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Creating a lush, welcoming landscape is all about adding trees, bushes, flowers, and plants that thrive in your area and present a variety of colours and textures to the yard. Before you can begin to consider which plants to select, it is important to do a little pre-planning. Take a look at your flower beds at various times throughout the day and see how much direct sunlight and shade they each receive. It is also important to understand the soil type and overall climate of your area. Selecting plants appropriate for the location
Flowers are typically broken down into two primary categories; annuals and perennials.
Annuals are flowers that need to be removed and re-planted every year. Annuals are ideal for hanging baskets, planters, window boxes, and flower beds. They can also be used as colourful indoor plants. Dead flowers can be trimmed off and will continue to regrow, providing full and colourful results. Throughout the growing season, annual flowers should be fed with plant food or fertilizer every three to six weeks. Some of the most common annual flowers include:
Perennial plants are planted once, and they continue to come back year after year. They make a great base for your flower beds because they make wonderful ground cover plants and don’t require annual re-planting. For the best results, water your perennial plants daily and cut them back at the end of the growing season to help promote healthy growth the following year. Popular perennial flowers include:
• Ornamental Grasses
Planting herbs on your deck, patio, or in your kitchen not only provides a lovely aroma but it also provides fresh ingredients to elevate your cooking. Wall planters are growing in popularity and provide a vertical arrangement that is ideal for growing herbs.
Go from garden to table by planting fruits and vegetables in your yard. Growing these ingredients, yourself allows you to control their growing conditions and provides the members of your household with an interest in the foods that make their way into the kitchen. Fruit trees make a great option because they are easy to care for and yield fruit for many years to come.
A beautiful landscape incorporates plants of varying heights. Trees, shrubs, and vines all hold their place in the overall design, each introducing a new height, texture, and colour to the scheme. Common options include:
• Cedar Trees
• Maple Trees
• Boxwood Bushes
• Rose Bushes
• Forsythia Shrubs
Mix and match and assortment of annual and perennial garden plants with everything from bright spring flowers to colourful fall foliage. Add layers of low plants, shrubs, trees, and hanging plants to create a point of beauty at all heights. Keep all the plants in your landscape healthy by providing plant food designed to nourish the root systems and maximize blooming.