So, you have finally decided to decorate the yard with some plants but you are not sure which type of plant is suitable? This is not a problem. The fact is that there is no single answer to that question because the choice of planting applications is determined not only by your personal choice but also on the type of yard you have.
First of all you should look how exposed your garden is (in terms of direct sunlight exposure). In general, this area can be classified in four types – full sun access – the area in which the sun reaches for six or eight hours per day. Most of the plants that can grow in such terms require much water. There are also parts of the yard with partial sun exposure (three to six hours of sun each day), partial shade (indirect sun light throughout the day) and shades (places that receive less than three hours of sun. So, the best idea is to take a look at the amount of light that each part of your yard receives before you make any decisions. Of course, you can replant the flowers or trees later but this process can sometimes be really complicated and in other cases impossible.
Another thing that you should take into consideration is the type of plant you want to use. They can be divided into several groups.
Annuals are plants that last for one or two seasons and they are characterized by flowers in different colors. Some good examples of plants that belong to this group are vinca, petunias and pansies. Perennials on the other hand are plants that return for several years. Almost all of them will die back for some part of the year. Some of the most popular perennial plants include Echinacea, hostas and daylilies. Vines are interesting plants that grow on fences and trellis. They can be used as beautiful decorations on gazebos or on you’re the fence of your property. Clematis is a good example of plants like these. Tropical plants love summer time because they are fond of humidity and heat. Most of them can’t survive the typical winter experienced in the northern hemisphere and this is why they are usually kept in pots which are placed inside the home during the winter period. Some examples of tropical plants include bougainvilles, mandevilla and hibiscus. Shrubs are very practical and they can be used in almost any landscaping project. They last for many years and some of them provide year-round color. Blueberries, hydrangeas and azaleas are good examples of these plants. Finally, you can include trees in the process of landscaping because trees last long and they are very often considered to be the of the landscape. Trees come in different sizes and shapes.
Once you pick a plant you need to get prepared to get your hands a little bit dirty. You will need to dig a hole that is twice the size of the root ball. Don’t forget to use planting compost for better results. Once you return the soil in place, tap it in order to remove air pockets. Follow the instructions and water the plant regularly!