Bar none, the question we get asked the most is “What should we put in our yard?”
That’s a loaded question. And the most difficult one to answer.
As nursery folk, we know thousands of different plants and how they grow and in what conditions. What we don’t know is your yard. We can’t see your surroundings, your soil, your water sources, the views you would like to keep, the ones you want to hide, the color scheme of your house, your irrigation set up, what plants your neighbors have so you can have a unique look, and the list goes on and on.
The last thing any nurseryman wants to do is give you bad advice. Regardless of the nursery you purchase plants from, none of us want plants in your yard to fail. We spend years growing plants to bring to market and the last thing we want to do is see one of our plant babies not make it. For instance, a #5 shrub often takes 3-5 YEARS to grow. That’s a lot of blood, sweat and tears. Nothing brings us more joy than to see a customer pick out a plant that we nurtured from a little baby cutting and excitedly plant in their yard. Nothing breaks our hearts more than when one of our plants doesn’t make it.
On the flip side, we often see people try to DIY their yard not truly understanding the growing needs of plants or their behavior in the landscape. Consequently, the landscape either will have trees or shrubs planted in spaces that may require a costly tear out later. There is nothing more frustrating than planting a yard, only to rip out trees and shrubs 10 years later for potentially thousands of dollars and have to start over.
Additionally, many people do not have the desire nor the time to spend working in the yard. Choosing plants carefully based on water and maintenance characteristics is something that most landscape designers take into consideration. At Progressive Plants, we have over 30 years of experience assisting landscape architects, designers and landscape contractors in selecting plants for a wide variety of conditions and aesthetics.
Investing in your landscape has many health benefits as well. Studies have shown that plants have a positive effect on our mental and emotional well being. Designed properly, children can find enjoyment and knowledge in your backyard. Families can come together growing and harvesting gardens and edible landscapes.
Properly designed landscapes can also increase the property values up to 20% as well. Most track home builders offer minimal landscaping (such as front yards only), irrigation and grading needs just to give the house a basic curb appeal to satisfy legalities of being able to allow new homeowners to move in. If at all possible, it is in your best interest to negotiate with home builders to negotiate their landscape budget as a credit to a properly designed and installed landscape.
Having a design is an inexpensive way to make sure your landscape comes together the way you want it. What you spend on a design is a fraction of the costs of fixing mistakes due to poor plant choices, inadequate irrigation frameworks and property values. Let Progressive Plants help you in creating an outdoor space that is beautiful and functional for your needs. Click here to book a consultation.