Down In Front: How Planting Instructions Dictate Landscape Design

Even if you are not a landscape architect, you can read planting information and figure out where to plant all of your flowers, trees and shrubs where they will grow best. There is a very technical aspect to landscape design. If you choose to do it on your own, you will need to pay attention to the following information on seed packets and planting stakes.

Growth Height

From snow drops and crocuses, which reach four to six inches in height, to towering sequoias, you have to arrange your landscape by height. The tallest, broadest items need to go closest to your fence or property line so that the rest of your plants, shrubs and flowers can be seen in front of them. Work the rest of your planting choices in by feet and then by inches. If you have two kinds of flowers that are supposed to grow to the same height, consider placing them farther apart but at the same height level in your garden. For example, irises and daffodils both grow to a foot or two, depending on the variety. You can mix the bulbs in with each other or place the irises in one area and the daffodils in another.

Growth Height and Needed Light

The growth of many flowers, plants, trees and bushes also relies on the amount of sunlight they need. The seed packets or planting stakes that came with your flora purchases will tell you if they need:

  • full sunlight
  • full shade
  • partial sunlight
  • partial shade
  • hardy in all types of light situations

Taking the amount of light your growing garden needs will also help you design a landscape where your flowers can grow best. Some you might be able to plant under a large shade tree, while others will need the full blast of the sun most of the day. 

Soil Type

Do the soil instructions say that the soil has to be moist, dry, loamy, sandy, extremely fertile or have a PH level of 6-7? This, too, tells you what you can plant and where you can plant it. For instance, tulips do not grow well in thick clay earth. You will have to grind some rich, black topsoil into your planting area with a rototiller before you set the bulbs in the ground. Roses like a moist soil, but it cannot be too wet or blight and mold will kill them. Every plant, flower, bush and tree has its own particular soil needs, and you will have to read the instructions before you plant two items next to each other.

Finally, Pay Attention to Color and Aesthetic Arrangement

The final step in landscape design is creating a visual color field. Bulb and tuber flowers list on the package what color or colors you can expect, while grown or growing plants already show their colors. After you pay attention to the planting instructions, you can then arrange your bulbs, seeds and plants by color and expected height before putting them in the ground. As each new plant springs up, you can have continuous color that is pleasing to the eye. Contact a company like Waynesboro Nurseries Inc for more information.


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