Want to know a secret for a successful garden yard? It is the proper selection of plants. Plants and colors are like flavors that bring life into your garden! Plants also serve different purposes. They can be used for screening, shade, erosion control, dividing, noise control and many more. If you'd like your garden to look professional, you have to choose the right plants for the right place and the right purpose.
Sometimes people make mistakes in plant selection. This is simply because they lack knowledge of growth habits and characteristics of plants.
Plants selection mistakes are often the result of impulse buying and of course, lack of planning and knowledge. Having at least a little knowledge about the plants before buying and taking them home should be noted. You can get yourself a reference or a plant encyclopedia to be sure. This way, frustration and waste of time can be avoided, especially if you are a very busy person and just use gardening for a hobby.
Knowing your planting zone and planting accordingly is extremely important. There are others who carry plants which are not even zoned for their area. Some plants are great to be placed outdoors in pots and later on, inside the house during winter. Again, a plant encyclopedia can help you select the right plants for your zone. Zoning maps give accurate results that affect your planting because there are different zones or microclimates within zones.
Native plant selection should also be considered. They may already be growing right into your own backyard and these plants are already adapted in your area. This can help you save money in purchasing plants as well as in natural resources.
Height and width, form, texture and seasonal interest and color, are the primary things to be considered to come up with the best plants for your yard.
Calculating the height and width of the plant is very important. Not doing so can cause serious problems in the future.
Form and shape varies from columnar, round, vase, weeping, oval or creeping. The form and shape of a plant will show how it occupies space.
Texture refers to the roughness or fineness of plants. Plants of finer texture are mostly used than that of a coarser one.
The special feature plants are determined by its seasonal interest. At different times of the year, a plant may have foliage, grow fruit or flowers. Others may have winter or changing colors.
In addition, insect and disease resistance, sun or shade, moisture tolerance, drought resistance and soil type, are to be considered as well.
A little common sense can also help in choosing the right plants. Buying plants in pots differ in prices. The bigger the pot, the more expensive it costs. Remember that if you buy plants in small pots, they can grow bigger by mid-year already. If you already know what plant you'll be getting, and see that they're available in smaller containers you can save a lot of money and still get the same outcome in the future.
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