When it comes to materials for your landscape, it helps to divide them into groups to eliminate confusion.
These groups will work in conjunction to create the ambiance and appeal to the final landscape project.
The right combination of colors and textures as well as an array of plant species will create a harmonious flow of the landscape.
The basics, or backbone plantings, of a garden will include trees — whether they are deciduous (lose foliage in winter), evergreen (maintain foliage year round), or flowering trees.
These trees can highlight or be the highlight of an area, or define the feel of the landscape. Grass choices or ground coverings are also part of the backbone planting, and they also serve to prevent erosion of the soil beneath.
Shrubs can unite areas together or serve as boundary points in lieu of fencing. Vines and climbing species can also offer boundaries in addition to privacy, but also they can camouflage unsightly fencing.
The additional plantings you add to the backbone are what will give the garden it’s character and color.
These are not limited to simple planted flowers and exotics. Incorporating potted plants, hanging baskets and garden decor will add a whimsical and personal touch. Additional items such as bird baths and bird feeders will also compliment many home gardens as well.