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Select The Best Plants for Your Landscaping Project

When you deal with plants, information is necessary to be sure they are right for your landscape, your geographical area, the season suitable for planting, and the proper care that needs to be implemented, etc.

An important consideration - you shouldn't dwell a great deal on the decorative appeal of the plants. You may be attracted to their color, size, and flowers but they may not be appropriate.

 Instead, select plants that will do well in your area and provide the desired effect. Take note of the following factors in choosing plants:

Site and soil conditions. Remember plants have environmental requirements. You need to be aware of your particular conditions and consider the following: exposure to light and wind, soil conditions and structures nearby. If you fail to check on these very important factors, chances are, the plantings will not do good as well as you expected.

Size and type selection.
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If you desire a certain plant because of its size and type, you should be aware that they must be handled, planted, and cared for in the proper way. There are three types of ornamental plants: those that are called ball and burlap (B&B), bare root and container grown.

If the plants are container grown or ball and burlap plants, you must handle with care and remove the container around the root ball leaving as much soil as possible around the roots. The pot should be totally removed or the burlap partially removed.

Bare root plants, which are smaller in size, are only available in spring and should be planted immediately after purchase.

Climatic considerations are very important because the plants survival is highly dependent on temperature, etc. Carefully check the plants you are choosing for your landscape and make certain the climates in your area is suitable.

Prevent pests. There are plants that can resist certain pests. Be sure to choose these plants for your landscape especially if you have identified the pests that are a problem in your area.

Deer are notorious for eating many of our favorite flowering plants. If they are a problem in your region of the country, there are garden plants that deer don't particularly care for. They don't seem to eat Ageratum.

The "spider flower" Cleome, resists deer attacks and is an all season bloomer. Cosmos is also a good choice. Dianthus, and all of the salvias resist being eaten. Local garden shops should know which plants have the best chances of surviving the attacks of pesky deer.

attract butterflies to your flower gardenButterflies. Take care of the butterflies that make the garden more attractive and decorative. Butterflies are a beautiful sight to watch when they flit around the garden. It is not only the beauty they bring, but they pollinate plants, which in turn helps in restore the cycle of life in the bioscape.

Provide water to moisten the soil. Most butterflies do not drink from water containers. Instead, they drink from the moisture in the soil. Look for a variety of plants that will attract different kinds of butterflies that will beautify and pollinate your habitat.

Start healthy.

    select greenhouse grown plants and flowers

  Choose plants from a reputable nursery that you know have been
  properly cared for. Be aware – do not purchase damaged plants.

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Choosing the right plants for better landscaping

Landscaping has become a common feature not only in big garden areas, but even in small spaces inside and outside buildings and homes. Home and building-owners believe that appropriate landscaping can make a significant difference in every structure’s appearance.

The term landscaping may sound complicated and technical to outsiders, but it really is just the art of putting the right plant in the right place. Landscaping is an ongoing process because later, what is considered the right plant now may become the wrong choice due to some factors.

landscape design with the best plantsThe choice of plants is one of the most important factors in landscaping because plants can make or break the landscape design. Plants will give form and color to the landscape.

Before choosing the types or kinds of plants to be used in landscaping, a landscape designer must first decide the style or theme of the landscaping project. A creative landscaping artist can choose from various themes and designs like a small garden design, a Victorian theme or a garden around a swimming pool design

What should be considered in choosing plants for landscaping? Obtaining your plants from a local greenhouse or garden shop is usually a good, safe source for healthy plants and professional plants in garden shops

1. The color, size and texture of the plants should be given consideration as these characteristics will give life to the landscaping project. A landscape artist must choose plants depending on the kind of garden being designed.

If it is a small space, then appropriate plants should be chosen. The purpose of the landscaping should also be considered in the choice of plants

2. Identify the characteristics of plants that will be used for the project. An important factor is the size or the height the plant will reach upon its maturity. The weather and climate needs of the plant should also be considered, as well as the type of soil where the plant will grow best.

3. Choose plants that are not attractive to pests. There are plants that are pest resistant, and if they fit the landscaping project, then they would be an ideal selection.

4. Estimate the space that the plant will occupy when it is fully grown. There are plants that grow horizontally and failure to take this into consideration may pose a problem later.

5. Make sure that the plants you choose for the project have good color combinations. Choose from colors that will either complement or contrast with each other. A striking color scheme can make or ruin a landscaping project.
Whatever the design or theme of your landscaping project is, make sure that you choose plants that are easy to take care of, efficient, and which have high chances of survival.

Using Native Plants in Landscaping

Using native plants in landscaping in an urban setting exudes a certain character and at the same time requires fewer resources; such as water, etc... Here are some things that you should know when planning to embark on this endeavor.

Why use native plants?

Using native plants for landscaping is a way of celebrating natural heritage and a way of returning back to a land ethic established 50 years before by Aldo Leopold. Looking closely at native plants, it can be ascertained that these plants have many traits that make them very appealing in terms of aesthetic value, ecological value, and practicality. They can also present some health benefits when used properly.

What are Native Plants

native plants and tall grass used in garden landscape designSo what are native plants? Native plants are plants that have evolved naturally in the United States. In particular, native plants in a certain area are those that were thriving in the particular area long before humans brought plants from faraway places.

Both in Central and Eastern North America, the native plants grow in areas that have other species which have adapted to similar weather, moisture, and soil conditions.

Some of the more prevalent types include tallgrass prairies, beech and maple forests, freshwater marshes, bogs, and savannahs among others.
Native plants are energy savers

Since native plants have been present in their respective areas for thousands of years, they have adapted and toughened against local conditions. They are resilient and can withstand the cruel winter cold or the sizzling summer heat. After getting a firm hold on the land, these types of plants will need no fertilizers or irrigation and are less prone to pests. Because of these reasons, native plants are very ideal for a low-maintenance type of landscaping and gardening.

Native plants are fascinating

Due to their diversity, native plants include wonderful flowers and interesting foliage. Trees and shrubs native to an area present a multitude of shapes, textures, and sizes to the landscape.

Besides this, native plants have very interesting cultural as well as historical dimensions. A lot of the species are considered to be of value both as food and medicine. Some types have been used for textiles, dyeing, and cordage to name a few of their uses... It also serves as a reminder, a link to yesterday and its memories.
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 1. You can make a  Dramatic Increase in The Number of Butterflies That Lingerlandscape flower gardens to attract butterflies Around Your Beautiful Garden,
Butterflies provide a perfect way to pollinate other plants. They naturally eat other predators that might threaten the plants in your garden. Most of all, they are fascinating creatures that can provide hours of peaceful entertainment and serenity in a sometimes crazy world!

     The inexpensive book, How to Attract Butterflies to Your Garden” has been put together using the tips and tricks offered by the best gardeners in the business. CLICK HERE for details

 2. Selecting Native Plants  Visit PlantNative for the basic Concepts of landscaping with native plants, referred to by many as "naturescaping," It's a free website where you can quickly and easily find the best Native plants for your region, and the Nurseries where you can get them. CLICK HERE for


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