Just like you need the right tool for the job when remodeling a home, you also need the right plants for your landscape. Save yourself time and money by creating a game plan in advance.
First of all, when planning a landscaping project, think about all of the plants you're fond of, then make a list. Once you have a complete list of the plants you wish to use in your landscape, start grouping them by requirements. For example, succulents can be paired with rosemary and other drought tolerant plants, while thirsty plants can be combined. The goal is to provide ideal growing conditions with minimal maintenance. Plus, by grouping similar plants, irrigation can be adjusted accordingly.
Second, the layout of a landscape can either be a complete success or a big failure. Most beginners position plants based on how they appear at the time, but have limited knowledge of their growth habits. A small, one-foot shrub might grow into a 15-foot monster, and it's important to plan for such. It's also critical to put low-growing plants at the forefront, and larger plants in the background. Create a diagram of your landscape and position all of the plants you wish to use. In the diagram, be sure to leave room for plants to mature.
Last but not least, even though you may be adventurous, don't try to grow plants with no chance of surviving in your area. A palm tree isn't going to last long in New York, and a cactus will turn into a popsicle in North Dakota.
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