When it comes to choosing plants for your yard, the location, soil, and weather all play a role in selecting the right plants. Whether to plant perennials is a consideration, and many people choose to add annuals to their yard each year. Taking the time to assess the conditions in your yard and select appropriate plants will result in a trouble-free landscape you can enjoy.
Lilac bushes are among the most fragrant flowers available, and there are more than 400 cultivars. They range in height from 4 to 30 feet with a large, bushy spread. They vigorously and abundantly produce clusters of tiny, scented flowers. The flowers range in color, with purple and white being among the most common. Depending on weather, lilac bushes usually bloom for only a couple of weeks during the spring. To keep blooms in your landscape later into the season, plant early-, mid-, and late-blooming varieties. Once a lilac bush has been established for a few seasons, it will be large enough to provide shade and it will continue to look nice, even after blooming is over for the year. Plant lilac bushes in the fall or spring in a sunny area. Plant them in well-drained soil and place mulch 3 to 4 inches deep around the base of the plant. Pruning lilac bushes in the spring will prevent them from blooming, so wait to prune until blooming has finished for the season.
Yuccas are hardy, sun-loving plants that produce long, spiky leaves. Depending on the cultivar, these plants can grow to 10 feet tall. They produce stalks of white, bell-shaped flowers that appear during summer. Taller versions of yucca are popularly planted singly, or near the back of a garden or flower bed. Plant yuccas in a sunny spot in well-drained soil. They are light feeders and need to be fertilized only once each growing season. Yuccas need consistent moisture, but take care not to overwater them. Remove any dead leaves in spring to keep them looking well-groomed.
Delphiniums are popular yard plants. They can grow 2 to 6 feet tall with large spikes of flowers. The most common flower color is blue, but blooms range in color and can also be pink, white, or yellow. Plant delphiniums in moist, well-drained soil in a sunny location. According to Iowa State University, these plants are heavy feeders and should be fertilized regularly during the growing season. When properly cared for, a single plant can last 2 to 3 years. Delphiniums are popular cut flowers.