Gardening Basics

How to choose the types of flowers for your garden while landscaping

August 11, 2011

Landscape and flowers

Flowers in your landscape will help you know the season you are in. To maintain a landscape for you should be the ultimate priority. It requires flowers and foliage plants to feel vibrant and lively. To match flowers and foliage is not a difficult task. It requires a design or a layout to organize the land so your landscape can be a useful place. You may benefit from the landscape as a focal point, relax, meditate and you can even throw a party. A nice, planned landscape can help you de-stress.

A formal landscape requires time to manage. If it’s grassland alone, it will require, mowing at least once a week. That means landscaping is a profession requiring the knowledge of land, soil and then how can you forget flowers and that’s very important if you are a person going for a colorful landscape. It needs time and money to maintain your backyard or your front yard. That way you should manage wisely and don’t let your time and money go worthless. Let your landscape be of a functional purpose for you. You may grow different plants according to the season. Thereby you can reduce monotonous depression in your job and family. In a way, a planned landscape helps to rejuvenate and retain effective job:

Landscape planning:

Planning is the primary for landscape design and site visit is important for design to blend with nature. The design should be implemented in a shady, partially sunny or sunny area is quiet important. Sun is the primary source of energy for the plants as you know and how much sunlight varies for each plant and the water requirement also differs. If you know the sunlight requirement along with water requirement, effective use of resource can be made possible.

Edaphic factors:

Soil is of utmost importance to you. The pH of the soil i.e. if the soil is acidic or alkaline is an important choice to make. If the soil is less fertile, you are supposed to compost and mulch the soil to reduce evaporation and increase its fertility.



Once you select the spot for landscaping, layering is important. Tallest plant should be against the hedge, midsized in between, and lower layer closest to the viewers’ eye. Color is another important factor while you select flowers in your landscape. Try cool colors all year round. Warm colors imbibe the beauty of nature in summer and autumn in your landscape. The flowers should acclimatize, blend with the weather pattern and do not eliminate sun from the picture when it’s shining so brightly in the sky in summer. That’s the reason for choosing colors from the color palette.

Layer 1:

Dogwoods are already named as “made in the shade” and pamper the landscape when in full bloom. If you are going for evergreen, then it’s hemlock. They do a wonderful job of livening up the landscape. It also shows the perimeter of your land with beauty.

Layer 2:

You may grow Hosta and foxglove plants in the mid layer. Hosta is an herbaceous perennial and foliage comes in blue, gold and variegated colors to suit your landscape. You may mix them together to go for a wild appearance and feel strong. Hostas produce white and lavendar color flowers. Foxglove is another mid-sized perennial that thrives in partial shade and the best part is once it is established it will tolerate dry shade and you know it’s an advantage. Once hostas start to flower, humming birds are around all the time to drink honey and you can hear their chirping. Sweet alyssum is another flower of interest for you in your landscape.

Layer 3:

Front view can show better details in your landscape. The view is closer, so you try primary colors to scale down the landscape. Vinca rosea and spotted dead nettles, and hamercroccalis are sure to fill the ground border. Salvia officinalis is another outstanding flowering plant for your landscape. Liriope can help prevent soil erosion and you can also use liriope as a weed control measure.


In full sun, the flowers of landscape should differ in their environmental requirements for you to find a few selections. Then you find yellow alyssum, snow summer, hens and chick plants and simper – vivum and hydrangeas for mid-layer and salvia and sedum for ground layer. Color distribution is of an enlightening and a blasting feature for your landscape.


Dahlias come in a variety of colors and will flourish and bloom as the tallest winter flowering plants for your landscape. You may grow a sense of luxury on seeing those flowers. In winter, daffodils and tulips make up the mid layer and wow, how wonderful the landscape admires your mid-layer selection of color-blend. Peonies grow very well as the ground cover and that too in a myriad of colors.

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