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Right plant, right place. Have you ever heard this phrase before? I think people in my field use it as our mantra when we design because we see so many examples of the wrong plant in the wrong place. And I truly believe it’s because people just don’t know just exactly how many varieties of plants there are available to you, no matter where you live.
These days there are plant varieties available that are drought and disease tolerant, dwarf, giant, nnd that bloom multiple times per year. We are living in a time where an appropriate plant is available for almost every single planting and design situation you could imagine, and a large portion of them are varieties of the plants that you already know and love, just with a modern, more approachable twist. And it’s a really good thing. You have choices. Lots and lots of choices. Plant breeders are marketing your favorites like azaleas, camellias, gardenias, hydrangeas, and even lawn grasses in every size, shape, and flower color under the sun and the best part is that these plants are widely available to the public, complete with online guides from the breeders to help you research which plants would work for your particular situation.
When a landscape designer specifies certain plants for a clients new landscape, they have to think about many things, including how big the plants will be at maturity. In your own landscape, consider window heights when you choose shrubs, the roofline when you choose large shrubs and trees, and always consider how big the plant will get so you install with enough distance to allow the plant to grow freely.
A general rule of thumb to remember is that if a plant is placed in the correct place, it should almost never have to be trimmed and be allowed to grow into its natural shape and size without any maintenance other than water, fertilizer, and weed control. Let me repeat that, because its important. IF YOU PLANT THE RIGHT PLANT IN THE RIGHT PLACE, IT SHOULD ALMOST NEVER HAVE TO TRIMMED. I cannot tell you how sad it makes me to see plants in the wrong place resulting in people trimming them to look like meatballs.
I encourage you to do a little research, read a few plant labels, and visit national plant brand websites to see what is available for you in your area. I will list the websites in the description section below to get you started. Until next time, Im Catherine Arensberg, and this is Simple.Honest.Design.
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