A factory-designated USDA hardiness zone (the USDA has an interactive zone map on its website) is a starting point to understand its environmental requirements. Plant tags in the nursery also provide information about the environment. Use plant databases from credible websites such as NC State University's NC State Plant Extension database or other university extension programs, as well as books from horticulturists, botanists and ecologists. The main design factors to consider in plant breeding include plant growth habit, adult size, flowering cycle, and seasonal interest. Knowing the size of the mature plant is essential for spacing the plantations to fit the mature height and width.
This little trick gives the illusion that your home is farther away from the street than it really is, and it also makes a great space for planting flowers and vines. Maybe there is something to this idea of "white palisade" after all. If you have a small space between your house and the street, try putting a low fencing in front. This gives the illusion that your home is farther away from the street than it actually is, and it's also a great place to plant flowers and vines. Another way to get the most out of your garden landscape is by planting beautiful, unspoiled vines. There is nothing more majestic or romantic than dark green tendrils that wrap around foliage and columns, especially when you have chosen a delicate and flowery vine.
Landscapes are ecosystems. Ecosystems need a diversity of plants of different layers or levels to provide an adequate habitat for wildlife. Consider including a body of water with shallow edges to provide drinking water and swimming for wildlife. The selection of native plants helps attract birds, pollinators and beneficial insects to the yard. See Chapter 20, Wildlife, for specific tips on wildlife attraction and management in the landscape. Edible products that meet most of the design criteria for plant selection are available.
How we work with our clients to design and build a landscape with our customers. A look at a finished landscape in Denver Colorado and a testimonial from one of our Littleton clients.