Landscape Design Tips

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Dreaming of spring? Anxious to get an early jump on planning your spring landscaping project?

A good landscaping design plan will make choosing plant material and installation go much quicker. The tips listed below will help you to organize and accurately plan your design!

Evaluate your soil. If you have problems with poor soil, there are a couple of options. You can use plants that can grow in poor soil, limiting design options, or plan to add new topsoil. For more information, view our past article on clay soil.

Give your bed a lift. A benefit to bringing in additional topsoil, regardless of your original soil makeup, is that a slightly raised bed really makes plants stand out. Create a raised bed that slopes at a slight angle. Like stadium seating, more plants can be seen at the differing height levels.

Consider how much sun or shade your bed will receive. In order for the new plants to thrive, they need to receive the right amount of sunlight. Research plants that thrive in full sun and those that thrive in full shade depending on the conditions. Note: most shade plants can receive morning sun, but require shade from the hot afternoon sun.

Keep bloom seasons in mind. Double check when the perennials, shrubs, and trees you have in mind for a project bloom. Annuals provide color for months at a time while perennials, shrubs, and trees usually bloom only once or twice a year for only a couple weeks. For continuous color in a bed, choose some plants that bloom in the spring, some that bloom mid summer, and some that bloom in the fall. Also, find plants that have unusual foliage (variegated or golden) for interest all season long.

Think in terms of color. For the most pleasing effect to the eye, consult a color wheel, planning your design around color. Some common color schemes are monochromatic, complementary, analogous, and triadic. Monochromatic colors include shades of the same color, light blue to dark blue, for example. Complementary colors are on opposite sides of the color wheel, like yellow is opposite purple. Analogous colors are right next to each other such as yellow, orange, and red. Triadic colors are equal distance away from each other on the color wheel, such as blue, red, and yellow.

Leave room for annuals. When designing your landscape, plan for annuals. Annuals are nice along the front as a border or dotted throughout the landscape to provide eye-popping color during spring, summer, and fall.

Include focal points. Tall shrubs, ornamental trees, fountains or large statuary are great focal points. The added height draws attention to the bed and the smaller perennials.

Use a vertical factor. Attach a trellis or incorporate an arch into the landscaping for climbing plants. Some climbing perennials include clematis or roses. For instant annual color, use a black-eyed Susan vine or a mandavilla vine.

For more information on landscape projects, stop by Delhi Flower and Garden Center and talk to one of our many nursery experts. We can help get you started in the right direction.

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