Landscaping is one of the fastest ways to upgrade the look of a property. A lush, new landscape has immediate curb appeal, but what about longevity? Perfect example: you love the look of topiaries and decide to purchase two to flank your office entrance. It’s only after you purchase them that you realize that topiaries must be continuously trimmed back into shape in order to keep them looking their best. That’s a lot of maintenance.
So before you fall in love with any logistically undesirable plant, consider a long-term landscaping plan – something that will help minimize expenses and ensures that your property continues to look as good a decade from now as it does today.
Here are a few tips you should consider when creating a long-term landscape plan:
- Think of your landscape “all grown up.” Remember that every single plant will grow. When creating your long-term plan, try to envision what your property will look like with mature plants. The young bush or tree you initially pick will not stay that size for long.
- Can they share with others? A sun worshiping plant is not likely to thrive next to a tree that’s creating more shade than sunlight as it matures. If you want all your plants to bloom, remember to only pair plants that need similar amounts of sunlight and shade.
Earth, wind, and hopefully, not fire. While certain environmental conditions, like drought, won’t last forever, it’s nonetheless prudent to consider weather and shifting ecological conditions when selecting plants.