How to Start Landscaping.
Winter landscaping’ As odd as it may seem,is the term best and most effective way of landscaping your property in order to reduce fuel costs.
With the cost of fuel rising at incredible rates, you’ll probably need every trick in the book to help cut on costs!
Firstly, by planting windbreaks on the northern, eastern and western boundaries of your home, you can help save on fuel costs, especially if you are living in a region with a windy climate. On a cold day, you’ll probably lose less heat than on a very windy day. Shrubs and trees with low crowns make the best possible windbreaks. So, by planting an evergreen near a wall, you’ll be able to ‘lift’ the wind above your home. Good idea isn’t it? However, never plant evergreens on the southern boundary, as it will block the warmth of the sun from entering your home.
When starting off with landscaping, always try to add beauty and interest to your landscape. So, if you have planted a beautiful shrub that is covered by snow all winter, it isn’t going to do you any good is it? The idea is to beautify your yard; you want to transform your garden into a wonderland that is filled with beauty!
So, what makes a particular plant perfect for winter landscapes? Are conifers the only good plants around? Which plants are not suitable? Which plants and shrubs are the best for attracting birds? These are very important questions when it comes to generating great ideas for landscaping. Horticulturally speaking, your goal should be to transform a dull and drab landscape into something that is picture perfect.
While conifers and evergreens are undeniable beautiful and can add visual charm to any landscape, there are still many other plants out there! The plants that are generally not suitable for winter landscaping are those plants that lack height: no matter how gorgeous they may be!
Plants that attract wild and exotic species of birds are sure shot winners. Plants and shrubs that produce wild and colorful berries will always attract birds. Plants that hold back snow in their leaves make great landscape decorations. Plants that have colorful or textured barks with beautiful branch patterns are perfect.
Other great winter landscaping plants will always have one or more of these characteristics:
Portray a fragile and delicate structure.Produce berries.Retain snow in the branches.Evergreen foliage.
A very interesting species of plant for winter landscaping is the Cranberrybush Viburnum that produces large masses of wild red berries that are perfect for attracting birds.
In May and June, this plant bears white flowers and red fruit, making it absolutely stunning. Its foliage varies from wild red to purple in fall. A visually delightful plant to brighten up your landscape in those cold and dreary winters, this plant is ideal for landscaping.
Another great winter landscaping bush that bears berries is the Japanese Barberry plant. In the fall, the leaves of this plant are simply delightful and range from yellow to reddish purple. During spring, it bears tiny yellow flowers and then bright red berries are produced.
With all these useful tips, your landscape is sure to stand out! So, go ahead and follow these tips and prepare yourself for a winter that’s filled with color and the sweet twittering of the birds!