Plants provide shade, seasonal color, and a feeling of intimacy to your landscape. There are many types of plants to choose from, and the selection can depend on your personal preferences, the design of your home, and soil and sunlight conditions. Today, Nixa Lawn Service explains the basics of the different plant groups, so you can decide which plants are best for your landscape.
Annuals, as their name indicates, complete their life cycle within one growing season. There are many classes of annual plants. If you’re looking to add bright, seasonal color to your flower beds, consider common annuals such as petunias, nasturtium, marigold, or zinnia.
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Perennial plants are the base of any landscape, as they endure for many growing seasons. In general, the plant’s top portion dies back every winter and regrows the next spring from the same roots. Common perennials include periwinkle, ferns, hellebore, and purple coneflower. Perennials with colorful annuals create a nice variety and groundcover in your garden.
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Evergreens are also great foundation plants and they keep their leaves year-round. When winter comes, evergreens will add color to your landscape. They come in a variety of different plant types, including hollies and magnolias. Of course, you can’t forget about popular evergreen trees, like pine, spruce, cedar, and conifers.
Bulbs are among the easiest plants to grow and they provide vibrant color every year. These plants self-propagate, meaning that they multiply and spread quickly throughout whatever bed you place them in. Daffodils and tulips are the most well-known bulbs. If you’re new to gardening, planting bulbs is an excellent way to begin.
Deciduous shrubs are attractive plants in the home landscape, varying in size, shape, and color. They lose their leaves throughout the fall before going to sleep for the winter. Then, these shrubs turn green again in the spring. Popular deciduous shrubs include Crape myrtles and Hydrangeas, which will add visual appeal and structure to your garden.
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