by Lori Bartez
(Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA)
Landscaping has become a common feature not only in big garden areas, but even in small spaces inside and outside buildings andhomes. Home and building-owners believe that appropriate landscaping can make a significant difference in every structure’s appearance.
The term landscaping may sound complicated and technical to outsiders, but it really is just the art of putting the right plant in the right place. Landscaping is an ongoing process because later, what is considered the right plant now may become the wrong choice due to some factors.
The choice of plants is one of the most important factors in landscaping because plants can make or break the landscape design. Plants will give form and color to the landscape.
Before choosing the types or kinds of plants to be used in landscaping, a landscape designer must first decide the style or theme of the landscaping project. A creative landscaping artist can choose from various themes and designs like a small garden design, a Victorian theme or a garden around a swimming pool design
What should be considered in choosing plants for landscaping?
1. The color, size and texture of the plants should be given consideration as these characteristics will give life to the landscaping project. A landscape artist must choose plants depending on the kind of garden being designed. If it is a small space, then appropriate plants should be chosen. The purpose of the landscaping should also be considered in the choice of plants
2. Identify the characteristics of plants that will be used for the project. An important factor is the size or the height the plant will reach upon its maturity. The weather and climate needs of the plant should also be considered, as well as the type of soil where the plant will grow best.
3. Choose plants that are not attractive to pests. There are plants that are pest resistant, and if they fit the landscaping project, then they would be an ideal selection.
4. Estimate the place that the plant will occupy when it is fully grown. There are plants that grow horizontally and failure to take this into consideration may pose a problem later.
5. Make sure that the plants you choose for the project have good color combinations. Choose from colors that will either complement or contrast with each other. A striking color scheme can make or ruin a landscaping project.
Whatever the design or theme of your landscaping project is, make sure that you choose plants that are easy to take care of, efficient, and which have high chances of survival.
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