Landscape Design Basics
One question I hear most often is “how do I choose what to plant in the landscape beds around my house?” Tall ones, short ones, fat ones, skinny ones? Where do I start? Here’s some easy to follow tips that all landscape designers use.
- Plant shrubs that stay short in front of windows, porches, decks, and entryways so you don’t block the view.
- Plant larger (taller) shrubs in front of areas without windows
These small and larger shrubs become your “foundation” plants that will be in your landscape for many years to come. As these plants mature you will see differences in the height of the plants which gives variety to your landscape.
You then can plant small perennials and annuals in front of the foundation plants. This will add depth to the bed along with colorful flowers.
- Perennials bloom at different times of the year and most die back in the winter but reappear in spring and bring you blooms for years to come.
- Annuals also bloom at different times of the year but usually do not last more than 1 growing season.
I suggest using a combination of perennials and annuals in your bed. The perennials since they come back year after year and the annuals for the “wow” factor their blooms bring to the bed.
You can follow these tips whether your flower bed is shady or sunny. Other things to consider are choosing plants that are not all green – mix it up with plants that have purple, yellow or variegated leaves. Use of different shaped plants (fat, thin, wispy) will also add to the beauty and interest of the landscape.
Follow these basic guidelines and your landscape will look like a professional designed it.