Right Plant - Right Place
In working with your landscape, it is critical to take into consideration many factors before placing plants in a location. It is important to select the right plant for the right place or visa versa. While I was taking horticulture classes (see my post Most of My Education I Received After College) at our local Junior College, I took 3 semesters of plant identification classes. Most of the time was spent memorizing plant names and identifying them but to apply what we were learning in a practical manner we had plant placement projects. For the projects we were required to decide what we would plant based on the plot given to us.
In plant placement you need to consider the following:
* Soil type - sandy, loam, clay - The type of soil determines the retention of water and minerals essential to plant health.
* Mature plant size - will it be 1 foot tall when fully grown or 50 feet tall (consider width as well)
* Plant color - believe it or not some combination of plants next to each other are more pleasing to the eye than others
* Sun exposure - full sun, part sun, shade. Some plants can take direct, full sun and others require shade because they can't tolerate too much sun.
As an example, the Coast Redwood, formally known as a Sequoia sempervirens, is not a native here in El Dorado Hills but is often planted in areas way too small for it. People tend to buy them because they are fast growers and relatively inexpensive. It is actually the tallest of the world's trees with some of them found to be over 350 feet high. For the most part though, they will grow to about 70-90 feet tall and 15-30 feet wide in 25 years- way too consuming for smaller lots . Imagine the root structure they need to support them!
When it comes to the West, the Sunset Western Garden Book is hard to beat for information and help on plant selection and knowledge. It is the Bible of garden books that has been around for decades and is revised and updated every few years with the latest published in 2010. Another great book is Right Plant, Right Place written by Nicola Ferguson.
The bottom line is before you stick a plant in the ground make sure you are picking the right place for that plant and before you purchase a plant for an area in your yard make sure you've got the right plant, in that place.
I am a REALTOR® in El Dorado Hills with Lyon Real Estate.Though living in El Dorado Hills is my passion, I am happy to help you with your real estate needs throughout the Sacramento Valley. For more information on me or our wonderful area visit my website at www.DeeDeeRiley.comor email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please keep in mind -the views expressed herein are my personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of Lyon Real Estate.
By DeeDee Riley 2011 *All Rights Reserved*Right Plant - Right Place
DeeDee Riley - El Dorado Hills Realtor - Lyon Real Estate - CABRE#01499004
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