Perennials For Zone 8
Garden Plants For Landscaping
Plants can turn a boring, unattractive yard into a beautiful, welcoming personal paradise. When you get ready to landscape with plants, there are many things to consider. Your soil will play an important part in plants’ health; before you do anything else, you should amend soil to make certain it is well draining and well aerated. This may be as simple as tiling it – alternatively, you may need to add some sphagnum peat and organic compost. Next, choose your plants. Here are ideas for kinds of garden plants to use in specific areas of the yard.
For border plants, some things to consider are whether you want non-flowering or flowering shrubs and whether you want a tall border or a low-growing border. Around the yard's perimeter, you might choose tall shrubs -- in contrast, around a flower bed, you may choose a low growing border plant.
For a classic evergreen shrub, you can go with the standard boxwood. Alternatively, choose from azalea, hydrangea, forsythia, Rose of Sharon, or a variety of other flowering shrubs.
When planting young garden plants and shrubs, you should remember to allow space between them, as they will fill out as they grow.
If you have areas of full to partial shade, fill these with shade-loving perennials. These include plants such as hosta, hellebore and lamium, and groundcovers such as ajuga.
Check the soil and watering needs of the different plants when planting them together. It is best to choose plants with similar needs when planting them in the same flowerbed. You should also keep in mind plant height. Shorter plants should be planted in from of taller plants so that they do not become hidden.
Plants for Sunny Areas
Aster, peony, Black-Eyed Susan, phlox, lavender and Shasta daisy are among the many perennials that enjoy sunny areas.
Each year you can also add some sun-loving annuals to the mix if you choose. Marigolds are one popular choice.
Flowering plants and evergreen shrubs are not the only kinds of plants you can consider. Ornamental grasses, such as fountain grass and pampas grass add interesting additions to the landscape. Many of these grasses can grow quite large, so keep that in mind.
For individual areas, choose similar or complimenting colors. For example, one area may have a combination of soft pink, white and pale blue flowers. Another area could have orange, yellow and red flowering plants. Nothing says you cannot combine flower colors in unique ways, but you may want to avoid odd clashes, such as placing soft pink flowers next to red-orange.