Landscaping: Plan Your Yard Right, Part Two

file0001650809967We’ve been discussing the need to plan your yard before you landscape. Last time, we discussed light, water, and animals. We continue the discussion this week by exploring space, color, and arrangement.


One of the biggest issues homeowners end up having is more plants than space. It’s very easy to overestimate how much space you really have given the plant’s size at maturity. In fact, what often happens is that the landscaping plan is made based on what fits together when the items are planted, but if you’re not planning for the next 5-10 years of growth, you’ll often end up with more problems.

As you plant, consider how much space you have based on the projected size, height, and root requirements of the mature plants. You can always use annuals to fill in the space you have to leave to accommodate the mature plants.


Both by choosing the color of your flowers to complement each other and by choosing a variety of plants that bloom at different times, you can create a landscape that is beautiful all year long. Consider different textures and shades of color to add depth and dynamic to your landscaping.


When planning how to plant multiple plants in a group, again consider their size at maturity. Combine a variety of plants that will grow to different heights to create a visually appealing landscape, but consider how the growth of each plant will affect the others; if you’re now-sunny garden will soon be shady three quarters of the day from a large, fast-growing bush, you may want to reconsider what you plant.

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