Creating a Landscape Plan

Planting can cause many issues when determining how to landscape your grounds. You need to be aware of the needs of the plants as well as the issues of your grounds. For example evergreen will not survive in a windy location, and some plants are not hardy enough to survive the winter without protection. If you have a clay soil, you must provide proper drainage for your plants, or they will suffer from root rot because clay soil holds water. Remember during the winter, the south side of your home becomes a heat trap, rising greatly in temperature during the day and dropping below zero at night.

Even the hardiest of plants can be injured in these conditions. Certain flowers need to have the sun in order to bloom. Peonies, lilacs, roses, and many fruits and vegetables will not bloom in shaded areas. Plants like azaleas, daffodils, ferns, and similar plants need shade to survive.

If you have a slope on your landscape, you need to plant appropriately. Certain plants will simply wash away along with the soil. If you incorporate large fast growing trees, grass will have trouble growing. If you live in a dry and dusty area, remember to take into consideration how muddy the ground becomes when it is wet.

Just as your house was planned for livability and comfort, so should your outdoor setting. Planning your setting for livability will help you create an easy plan. The garden will become an outward extension of your home, allowing you to step from one living area to another. Your terrace or porch becomes the link between indoor and outside. The components of the outdoor setting should be arranged for ease and convenience. You can include birdbaths, fountains, or statuary to create focal points or soothing aspects.

This space is usually larger than the indoor space, and exposed to the weather and natural elements. As a result, the garden room features seasonal beauty and changes, creating renewed interest throughout the year. You get to work with Mother Nature, as you plant and tend, and she will create the changes!

The materials you use for your outdoor space will be different as well. Your indoor furniture does not grow or change. Remember that a simple two foot plants that you add to your setting will not stay that size. They grow up and out, and will need to be tended too as they can hide windows or crowd doorways and scratch your paint on your car as you brush past.

Your plan should consider the types of plants you choose to use and how they will grow and thrive in your area. There arrangement is important as well as you will want to keep them easy to maintain and orderly.  Take in your landscape and then put your idea down on paper to decide what will work, or how to change your idea. Creating a guide, whether you are just starting out or re-planning your setting, this tool is most useful.