Landscape Plants & Design Pt. 1: Podcast Episode #34

Updated: Oct 11, 2021


(Perennials) Agastache, Coneflower, (Shrub) Hydrangea

I am just as passionate about landscape design and plants as I am houseplants! Landscape plants were my first love, and within a year or so of working at the garden center, I was able to understand design, environment, and plant material. All that learning allowed me to create landscapes for customers and advise about appropriate plants. I am currently living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and my hardiness zone is 5a. The plants I will be talk about are specific to my area, but plants do extend into several hardiness zones. Make sure to do your research for each plant and check your own hardiness zone.


The different plant types...


Trees: These are medium to extra large landscape plants that can have many functions, such as privacy screening, wildlife, shading, food or even just a focal point. You can buy them from a big box store or a local garden center (bareroot, potted or balled and burlapped - AKA B&B). It all depends on your budget, the impact you want up front, and sometimes your capabilities to move the plant material.


Shrubs: These are medium to large landscape plants, mostly used for curb appeal, wildlife or privacy screening. Most of the time you would be buying these potted, or balled and burlapped, from anywhere that sells plants.


Perennials: These are typically smaller growing plants that die back all the way in winter. There usually isn't a stem or branch where leaves or flowers grow off. They use the energy their roots saved through winter to push up new, larger growth every spring. Overall, perennials grow a bit smaller so these are used for curb appeal, fillers, accents, wildlife and sometimes privacy screenings.

(Annuals) Begonias and Dahlias