When planning our landscaping we all like our curb appeal to have that “wow” factor. But it’s important to consider what you like to see, smell, and enjoy first.
Here are five things to consider:
1 – Light. If you have mature trees, shade plants will love the dappled lighting. “Annabelle Hydrangeas bloom beautifully in shade. Perennial beds of varied hosta, ferns, astilbe, and coral bells give lots of color and texture in shade,” says Karen “KC” Campney, nursery manager at Countryside Flower Shop and Nursery, in Crystal Lake.
2 – Time. How much time can you devote to your landscape? Some folks ‘de-stress’ working in their yards, but those who are time-strapped or physically unable want low-maintenance plants. “A mix of evergreens – wintercreepers or boxwood with gold tip junipers and deep green yews - offer nearly maintenance-free contrasting colors. If physicality is an issue, try raised beds,” says Campney.
3 – The right plants. The most important thing in landscaping is to use the right plants in the right place. Research plants that work for your light and water conditions. ”A plant that does well in hot, dry, full sun won’t do well in a shady, wetter area,” says Campney. “Know the height and spread of your plants. Will they over grow their area?”
4 – Diversity. Multiple types of plants can extend your color range with flower or foliage color – spring to fall. “A garden should always have something going on with some kind of color,” Campney says. You don’t have to rely only on flowers. Use foliage and fruit colors to give additional interest to your landscape.”
5 – Water. A birdbath, bubbler, fountain, pond or pondless waterfall all produce the soothing sound of water — a great way to unwind and a source for birds to hydrate.
The staff at Countryside can help with do-it-yourself projects or see their Landscape Design Department for a partial or full-scale design and installation.
Countryside Flower Shop, Nursery & Garden Center : 5301 E. Terra Cotta Ave (Rte 176), Crystal Lake, IL : 815.459.8130 : www.countrysideflowershop.com