Choosing the best nursery plants for landscaping

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Choosing the Best Nursery Plants for Landscaping

With landscaping decision, no size fits all. Each project is an empty palette with an infinite number of options to create a personal space to provide harmony, peace, and beauty.

The first step is a plan. Selecting plants, shrubs, and trees without a clear vision of how these might coordinate likely will not yield the desired result. Since there are an infinite number of combinations, research the publications and consult the experts at your favorite nursery. Think about the space and consider the prevailing winds and where the sun rises and sets. Consider how much shade you would like.

Imagine mingling human made features, rocks, and artwork with live plants, trees, shrubbery, and ground cover. Where is the seating to be? How about a fresh and relaxing water feature surrounded by those artsy crafts you have made?

Try to imagine how the changing seasons will affect the appearance.

Have a Plan

Determine your focal point around which your landscape plan will evolve. Selecting the nursery plants that fit your imagination and thrive in your environment is not so daunting with the help of nursery experts.

The lineup for your plan should consist of dependable perennials along with manageable trees, shrubs, and ground cover.

Ground covers

Ground cover can fill the empty spaces with greenery or color depending on your preference. These usually do not exceed a few inches in height and will spread to cover bare areas.

Some ground covers will choke out weeds which is a blessing for the gardener with limited time. Some of the best ground covers, according to are:

  • Moneywort (Creeping Jenny)
  • Creeping Mazus
  • Phlox Stolonifera
  • Phlox Subulata
  • Red Creeping Thyme
  • Dragon’s Blood Sedum


For landscaping along walkways and walls, neatly managed shrubs of various types can add style and charm throughout the year. Some favorites, depending on your location are:

  • Dwarf Globe Blue Spruce: maximum height – 3′
  • Firelight Spiraea: maximum height – 3′
  • Blue Lyme Grass

Low Maintenance Plants, Small Trees, and Shrubs

Again, depending on the climate, some plants and shrubs add color and drama to your landscaping. In warmer climates, try something exotic like:

  • Chinese Fringe Tree: maximum height – 20′
  • Quartz Rose, Burgandy, or White Verbena
  • Purple Prince Butterfly Bush: Maximum height – 10′
  • Arctic Blue Dwarf Willow: Maximum Height – 5′

Contact the Experts at Heritage Oak Farm for more information about landscape planning. Call 888-208-5308.