When the landscape was installed, the plants were smaller, it looked great and was the right scale for the property or home. But now, years later, some plants have long since died, others become over grown and the plants now seem to overpower the garden space and don’t compliment the house it once did when the garden was new. This is a common occurrence, and you still may be able to re-use some of the plants and shrubs.
In fact, when transplanted properly to a more ideal spot for growth and planting aesthetics, you would be surprised at how well those old plants will look incorporated into the newer landscape. As an added benefit, having established plant materials in and among newer younger plantings adds visual weight to the landscape and can make the landscape look more established.
A few of the common plant performance issues are that plants may be suffering through are; less than ideal growing conditions due to poor plant placement (too sunny or shady, too wet or too dry), others may have just either outlived their span or just withered. These types of challenges are common in old landscapes when plant growth and form were overlooked in the initial garden planning.
How a landscape will look over time is essential for successful landscape and garden planning. The key to avoiding this mistake is to identify the existing plants and shrubs that can be reused in a better location, understand their needs for sunlight and growth, while creating the plan for the, paying special attention to plant placement in the landscape.
Whatever the existing conditions or locations, you can save money in a landscape renovation by rejuvenating some of those plants that still have life, by planting them in more ideal growing conditions, where their size and form are complimentary to the surrounding plants and your home. Understanding individual plant growth habits, as well as their sun / shade tolerances is one of the secrets to a truly successful landscape planting.
When care is taken to place plants where they best perform and where their growth habits are given ample space, the planting results can be spectacular. Furthermore, once the landscape matures there will not be a need to replace plants in the future, because the plants will already be in their ideal locations with plenty of room to grow!