Selecting Trees, Shrubs, and Ornamentals
Once planted, trees and shrubs will be around for decades, so head to the store with a plan
so you don't waste valuable time and money. Consider ones that grow well in your climate, are
appropriate for your space, and complement your landscape design.
Consider a Variety
Instead of planting a hedge of just one type of bush, consider a variety of low-growing
evergreens in various heights, colors, shapes and textures. This will create an interesting
backdrop for your seasonal flowers and an appealing look that will carry into winter.
Plan Enough Room
Give the trees and shrubs you plant plenty of room to grow. One mistake people often make is
to plant trees or shrubs too close to each other or their residence.
Remember that fully grown trees may interfere with the foundation or wiring, drop leaves
into the gutter, and be more trouble than you ever intended. Don't plant a tree too close to
your neighbor's property, either.
Selection is Key
There are quite a few landscaping solutions that trees, shrubs, and ornamentals can provide,
- Foundation plantings - Use evergreens for great foundation plantings in the
- Strong vertical forms at the front of a house or on either side of an entrance. Pyramidal
yews and junipers may be used in this case.
- Shielding a home from the weather. Large conifers planted on the west or north sides of
open space can reduce wind and heating costs.
- Adding color and beauty. Broadleaf evergreens, such as holly, azaleas, and rhododendrons,
produce flowers or berries and maintain their leaves throughout winter.
Consult your local nursery for recommendations on choosing plants. As a general rule, choose
plants with healthy, vigorous top-growth that have a good root system with no signs of disease,
pests, or damage.