Proper Plant Placement

proper plant placement in landscaping in front of a southern California home
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proper plant placement in landscaping in front of a southern California home

Spring is in the air and if you’re like most people, your thoughts have drifted to days spent in your backyard. Whether your yard could use a bit of a makeover, or you’re starting from scratch with new home construction, turn your thoughts to landscaping. When it comes to choosing which types of plants and flowers to add to your yard, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. If you’re not sure where to start, use these tips for plant spotting (more on this term in a bit).

Likes and Dislikes

When selecting plants for your yard, an easy way to begin is by making a list of flowers and plants you like and those that are a no-go. Scott Cohen, Garden Artisan, has found that when he meets with clients to review landscaping plans, plants are an element that elicits strong reactions from clients. For instance, one type of flower can remind one client of a loved one’s funeral while the same type can transport another to their grandmother’s garden. Be sure to determine which plants you typically avoid and those that you can’t live without.

Color and Scent

The colors and scents of plants add to the overall experience of your landscaping. Plants and flowers offer a wide variety of colors that create a beautiful backdrop to your outdoor environment. While choosing your favorite colors can be easy, it’s important to select colors that blend well with the rest of the palette you’ve chosen. 

Another key area to consider is the scent of plants and flowers. A tree or flower may be absolutely gorgeous, but the fragrance it gives off is either very strong or unappealing. For example, jasmine is extremely pungent. You can still choose to add it to your yard, but consider using it sparingly and around the perimeter rather than by your outdoor entertaining area.  

In some instances, one partner loves the scent of a certain flower, yet it’s the other partner’s least favorite fragrance. These are important aspects to consider when making a landscaping plan. 

Plant Spotting

Now that you’ve created a list of approved plants and flowers, it’s time to do the landscaping. This is where plant spotting (spotting where the plants will go) comes in. Landscape design is adaptable based on how the vision plays out in your yard. 

This is all about having an eye for a good layout. Before taking any plants out of the plastic pots, go into your backyard and place them in various arrangements. This allows you to have flexibility in rearranging the plants for the best possible look. 

Think of it like designers on home makeover shows. They gather decorations for the home and place something on the fireplace mantel. Next, they take a long look at it, and then potentially move it to another spot in the house. This is exactly what you’re doing by plant spotting! 

The placement all depends on the collection of colors as well as a balance of height and texture of the plants. Even turning a tree or shrub in a different direction can make a significant impact to the overall appearance.

If you’re plant spotting in your yard and could use some guidance, call in the experts! The team at The Green Scene Landscaping & Swimming Pools will provide expert advice as you craft the backyard of your dreams. Call today to explore the possibilities!

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