How Do I Know Which Plants Will Grow Best in My Yard?

Posted on Apr 25, 2017 6:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

How Do I Know Which Plants Will Grow Best in My Yard? | The Experienced GardenerWhether you want to plant flowers, shrubs, or trees in your yard it is important to consider which ones will grow best. If you have spent any amount of time traveling the country you have probably noticed the differences in vegetation. This is because the climate, soil, and a number of other elements impact which types of plants thrive. If you want to find which plants will grow best in your yard you need to think about weather conditions, the amount of sunlight, and the available space.

Weather conditions

Weather conditions can impact when you plant and what you choose to plant. There are some areas of the country that have temperate weather all year long. In these areas the timing and plant choice will be different than an area that experiences hard freezes throughout the winter. One easily recognizable example of this is the palm tree. In a temperate climate like coastal Florida, palm trees can thrive and live for a very long time. On the other hand, if you plant the same type of palm tree in Montana its’ life expectancy will be much shorter. Find plants that can handle the climate in your area. You can do this by looking up the USDA plant hardiness zone map and finding out what zone you are in. Then, you can choose plants that grow well within that zone.

Amount of Sunlight

When you go shopping for plants it is usually easy to identify the amount of sunlight they need. Generally the sunlight necessary is written right there on the label. The difficult part can come in determining how much sunlight the different areas of your yard receive. You may have some areas that get morning sun while others get the afternoon sun. If you have shade trees in your yard there are probably spots that receive very little direct sunlight. One way to figure out the sunlight hours in the different areas of your yard is by keeping track of it throughout the day. Go out in the morning and make note of where the light is hitting. Do the same midday, mid-afternoon, and late afternoon. Recording this information will help you in both plant choice and placement.

Available space

The amount of space you have available can also impact which plants will grow best in your yard. Some plants need more space than others to spread out their roots and truly thrive. Trees and shrubs may start out relatively small but will increase significantly in size. Make sure you consider the space the plants will need as they grow and spread out. If you do not have the space for the plants you are considering then the best option is to go with plants that are a better fit.

Choosing plants that will thrive in the weather conditions, sunlight, and space that you have available will provide you with the best chances of creating a beautiful and enjoyable landscape.

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