When we landscaped the front yard, our goal was to select a variety of shrubs, trees, ground covers, and perennials that would take turns providing color throughout the year. Evergreens are especially valuable because they keep the yard colorful during the winter.
Read the label before buying any new plant. It will tell you the mature size of the species along with the plant's cultural needs. Also make sure that the plant is lush and healthy. Discounted plants are rarely a bargain.
Space shrubs to accommodate their mature size. We planted yews 3 feet away from the house's foundation. When you place shrubs or ground cover near foundations, avoid planting under eaves and gutters.
Dig a hole larger than the root ball of your plant. Then remove the plant from its pot and lower it into the hole. Be sure to set the shrub or tree at the same level it was growing previously. Water thoroughly.
To prevent overcrowding, use a tape measure when you plant shrubs in beds or borders. We spaced our creeping junipers 3 feet apart. Larger, spreading deciduous shrubs should be spaced 4 to 5 feet apart.
Continued on page 5: Planting Guide