Think Outside of the Current Trend: What Plants Suit Your Property?

Many people attempt cookie-cutter gardening. Every landscape they create has roses and fountains because that’s what is in Sunset Magazine this month. The characteristics of the property are not allowed to naturally shine through using this method. This type of landscaping doesn’t work well at all, especially when it comes to plant matter. Each climate, property, and landscape are different, and there are quite a few things to consider when choosing plant matter. Here’s a few.

Soil Type

Your particular landscaping needs are complex and unique. The soil in North Carolina is formed mostly by our abundant rain. It pushes the bits of clay and nutrients down into the weathered rock under the surface. The result is a thin top layer of soil that is easy to work and a layer of clay under it, though vegetation and climate can change your particular patch of ground. There are parts of the state that have a lot of iron in the soil, which rusts and gives it its famous redness. Other parts have soil that is almost white. With so many soil types, it is important to discover what type you have in order to choose the right plants for your property.


Another thing to consider is sunlight. Some plants love shade and will do better in your Northern or Eastern-facing areas. Putting sun-loving plants there will result in droopy, pale, and stunted plants. Putting shade-loving plants in sunny spots will result in stunted plants with burnt spots.


The third component to consider is irrigation. Some plants love damp conditions, and our rainy, slowly-draining conditions suit them just fine. Other plants need only a sprinkle of water, and they wither and rot with too much of it.

Uniqueness Of Branding

Cookie-cutter landscaping hides your best features in the name conforming to the current trend. Why should people rent or buy your townhouse when it looks like everybody’s else’s? If your open area is best suited for trees, why not attract tree-loving renters who will appreciate the shade?

In the end, we encourage you to look at the strengths of your landscape. Look into what plants will thrive on your property, be easy to maintain, and also look unique to your specific property. By observing these three aspects, we believe that you will be very pleased with the outcome of the plants you choose.