Landscaping done carefully transforms a boring yard into a welcoming natural environment, which enhances the entire home. However, a well-landscaped yard doesn't happen overnight. There is much to consider when it comes to which plants are right for your yard. For the best results, you must plan ahead.
Sketch a rough outline of how you'd like your yard to look--where you want shrubs, trees and flower beds. This will give you an idea of the kinds of plants and number of plants you will need.
Use a measuring tape to measure areas plants will go. Write these measurements down in a notebook. When you select plants, read the tag to see how tall and wide each one will grow to allow enough space for it in your yard.
Choose plants suitable for your U.S. Department of Agriculture growing zone. These are plants that will grow well in your climate and will not die during the winter.
Select plants suitable for your soil type--sandy, clay or humus, acid or alkaline--unless you plan to do a lot of soil amending. Check your soil's pH with a soil testing kit or take a sample to your extension office for testing.
Choose plants with similar watering requirements, as suggested by lewisgardens.com, so you can water all your plants simultaneously on a regular schedule instead of watering individual plants.
Pick out the healthiest plants you can find at the nursery. Do not buy plants that have foliage with insect signs such as chew marks, webbing or sticky areas; or signs of disease--brown or yellow spots or mildew.