Your yard is one of the first things people notice about your home, so it’s important to pick the right landscape plants. Here’s our handy guide:
Plant the right trees
Planting a tree that’s large—or that will grow to be large—too close to your home will cause headaches down the road. Overhanging branches can cause significant damage. Decide what effect you’d like trees to have—do you want trees that flower in the spring? Beautiful fall foliage?
Consider your home’s location
For example, do you live in a dry climate? Do deer frequently wreak havoc on your neighbors’ yards? If you answered yes to both of these questions, lamb’s ear could be good to plant. Talk to your local nursery about which plants will thrive best in your area.
Think about maintenance
If you’re someone who loves to garden and doesn’t mind replanting each year, annuals could be for you—think impatiens, datura, strawflower and angel’s trumpet, for example. If you want something that comes up year after year, go for perennials like peony, hosta and bee balm. Cactus and evergreen shrubbery are even lower-maintenance.
Get some ground cover
Ground cover plants, like blue rug juniper, are one-time investments that make your landscape look filled-out and require little maintenance.