Planting Tips From A Pro
Featured in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, January, 1999.
Tips for creating an appealing landscape:
- Use masses of low plantings in the front of your home, chosen so they won't grow out of bounds and become a jungle. Include a few lush plants for accents.
- Incorporate gentle curves, the most pleasing geometric shape, as boundaries for your planting beds.
- Use plantings as screens where you want privacy, such as in an outdoor pool area.
- Use tall trees, such as palms, at the front corners of your house.
- A vertical element, such as a palm, should be used in multiples of two or three to provide mass. The exception to this is when they are used singly, in rows, to line a driveway or a street.
- Choose plants that will maintain separation. That means when they grow, they won't merge into a blur of foliage but will maintain their individual silhouettes.
- To finish your plantings, use an attractive mulch, such as shredded wood and bark rather than nugget-like chips, laid down two to three inches deep.
- If you're using a landscaping contractor, expect a written guarantee on the plants.