Landscaping is more than moving around dirt and building a rock wall or two. One of the most important features of any Toronto landscaping design are the plants. How do you decide on which plants will be right for the overall design you’ve chosen? Which ones will behave the way you want them to? Which ones will survive in your yard? Selecting the right plant for a given location is not as easy as going to the nursery and choosing a few at random. You’ll need to give it some thought to get the results you’re after.
Populating Your Landscaping Design With the Right Plants
While home and gardening magazines make selecting plants for your yard seem easy there are actually a number of things you’ll want to keep in mind before heading for the nursery. The fact is that selecting the wrong plants can undermine what you are trying to do with your landscape design.
Here are a few tips that may help you select the right kind of plants.
- Incorporate native plants – Plants native to the Toronto area have spent thousands of years adapting to the extremes of the local environment. They’re in tune with the soil, moisture and temperature conditions as well as the ever-changing length of the day. You’re far less likely to lose them in the event of drought or other extreme weather conditions.
- Select interesting plants – This may seem like a no-brainer but it’s easy to lose sight of what a plant will ultimately look like in your yard. The plants you choose should have interesting physical characteristics of both form and color and work off one another in interesting ways. Try and select at least some plants that will provide both colorful spring blossoms and attractive fall foliage.
- Select plants that match the conditions – Remember: it’s nearly impossible to change the environment of the yard to suit the plants. If you’re using non-indigenous plants you have to make sure they’ll be able to thrive in your backyard environment. Different plants need different levels of acidity and moisture, sunlight and the like. If you decide to go with exotic plants for what they bring to the table visually you need to be sure they won’t die once planted in the yard.
- The front and backyards are different – Plants intended for the front of the house should take aspects of the neighborhood into consideration. What you should try and avoid is a situation where your house’s street side landscaping is completely out of tune with what’s going on around it. In the backyard however – especially if yours is fenced in – you have much more freedom to create a unique landscape.
- Scale is important – Remember: a plant that may look great at the nursery or in a photo online may in reality be too small to hold down a place in the backyard landscaping design. Choose plants that you can appreciate from a distance and can carve out their own niche in the visual scheme of things.
- Echo landscaping on your house – Finally, populate window boxes with plants that mimic the plants in your yard. This way you integrate the house more completely into the landscaping design and vise-versa.
If you need help choosing plants to populate your backyard landscape put the magazines away, pick up the phone and call M.E. Contracting Toronto on 416-455-9296. Our landscaping design professionals have many years of experience in plant selection for landscaping and a long list of satisfied clients who will attest to quality of their work. Choosing the right plants to finish off your landscaping is an art form and no one creates more beautiful landscaping designs than M.E. Contracting.