Does it enhance, soften, strengthen, or weaken a design when using a wide range of plants in landscaping?

4 Responses to “Does it enhance, soften, strengthen, or weaken a design when using a wide range of plants in landscaping?”

  • booboo:

    It depends on how you design. If you have a relatively small garden, planting a lot of varieties can become messy. Be sure to plant in groups of 3 or 5 for best look. Make sure your colors flow and the tall plants are in the back, etc.

    Just plant well and plant plants that look well together and you will have a harmonious garden!

  • Fran J:

    to me it really enhances the look using a wide variety of plants. it looks totally awesome.

  • rckrllrfg:

    I’ll take the maintenance approach to this question -

    1) Select plants that work together for the same climate. In particular, don’t mix plants that are water hungry with those plants that expect arid conditions.

    2) Pick the plants that are best suited for the soil that you have.

    3) Study the sizes for which the plants may grow. It may look great for the first year; but some plants can really take over.

    4) Know if the plants will lose their leaves for a period of time (ie, winter deciduous or summer deciduous).

    5) As for selection, the best thing to do is to wander about the neighborhood or the parks. If something catches your eye, take a look at plants being used.

  • A Well Lit Garden:

    The issue is not the range of plants, the numbers of plants, etc. but an issue of design. A design should have a point, a theme, a focus, a purpose. Design must balance contrasts with repetition. Too much repetition produces boring landscapes while the correct use of repetition produces unity. Too much contrast produces chaos while the proper use produces interest and excitement. Plants should be selected in support of a design’s purpose. Repetition and contrast can be achieved through the use of a form, size, leaf color, bloom color, texture, leaf shape, flower shape, etc. So do not focus on the numbers but focus instead on the design objectives. Do the range of your selected plants support the design objectives or have they been selected based solely on their individual merit (a collection of nice plants)?

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