When you want your yard to be landscaped, whether you are going to do the work yourself or have a professional landscaper do it, you need to choose the plants to have planted. How do you know the right plants to choose?
Could you use some help with your plant selections? The guide below provides information on perennials, annuals, ground covers, vines, shrubs and trees commonly used in designing a garden.
Plant selection should always be governed by research into the qualities of the specific specimens under consideration, and sometimes you will need to make a compromise. But never is such research more critical than when it comes to selecting trees for your landscape — so it is with trees that I will begin:
1. Types of Trees
In other categories of plant selection, you have room for error. But if you situate a big tree in a spot where it doesn’t belong, it can cause grave headaches down the road. Many homeowners end up limbing a treethat overhangs a house dangerously.
There’s another reason to exercise wise plant selection when choosing a tree. Many trees are slow growers, meaning you’ll have to wait years to reap the benefits of planting them. When that waiting period is over, you don’t want to be saddled with features for which you didn’t bargain. Know what to expect before you install a tree!
Trees can be categorized in a number of ways; here are some examples:
- Flowering Trees
- Fall-Foliage Trees
- Fast-Growing Shade Trees
- Evergreen Trees
- Dwarf Trees