What are Architectural Plants?
by Lee Wyatt
(last updated September 7, 2016)
Are you looking to do a bit of landscape work in your yard? If so, you really should look into using some architectural plants to help give your yard that extra bit of oomph it needs to really pop. But what are architectural plants? The answer to this question and other frequently asked questions are provided below. You will be amazed at just how simple the answer really is.
- What. Simply put architectural plants are those plants that provide the core of your landscape design. For example, if you want to have a classic Southern style garden you may want to consider planting something like a Weeping Willow. Architectural plants are basically those plants which help set the overall tone and mood of your landscape design. Another way to look at them is that these particular type of plants are the ones that tie everything together.
- Types. There is no one set type or species of plant that qualifies as architectural plants. Typically though, architectural plants are those that are rather large and long lived. This means that things like trees are often used in this capacity. However, there are other types of plants that you can use in this manner it largely depends on what your overall design.
- Incorporating. As you look into the plants you may want to use for your design, take plenty of time in making the decision. As with any kind of plant you will want to weigh how the plants will look together, and how they will look with the rest of your house. However, one way to look at these types of plants is that they are the frame for the rest of the picture. The picture in this case is not just the other plants, but also your home as well. Choose something that will help frame everything into one cohesive unit that you find attractive and appealing.
- Maintenance. While it may not be as fun to think about, you do need to look at into the maintenance issues involved with the plants you will be using. Once the plants are fully integrated into your landscape design they will need to be taken care of. Make sure that you know what your plants will require to keep them healthy, and figure out a plan to take care of them properly. Otherwise you will soon have a dead yard, and a whole lot of work ahead of you.
Now that you understand a bit of the basic information surrounding architectural plants you can get started on making your final choices. Remember to take your time when you are making this choice or you can easily end up throwing away your money. That being said you are the one that will have the final say on what type of plants go into your landscape, so choose one that will be happy with.
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