When the time comes to choose plants for your landscape, consider the best type of plant for the sunlight, soil and temperature of the location. Trees, shrubs, bushes and flowering varieties include some of the most common landscape plants available. Several plants remain ever-popular landscape favorites.
Sweet alyssum is a low-maintenance, easy-to-grow annual plant. This compact plant produces rounded tufts of tiny white flowers with a sweet fragrance. Deadhead the flowers and sweet alyssum will bloom throughout the entire growing season. This plant is not frost hardy, so plant the seeds in early spring after the last frost. Sweet alyssum is heat and drought resistant and grows rapidly. It grows well in most types of soil and prefers full sun. In frost-free locations, sweet alyssum can bloom all year long. This plant grows well in borders, rock gardens and containers.
Sweet viburnum is characterized by large, tough leaves and tiny white flowers. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, sweet viburnum is a longtime landscape favorite. During spring, the plant is entirely covered with the small, highly aromatic flowers. When the flowers die off, small red berries appear, eventually turning black. Sweet viburnum varies in height and width and is popular both as a hedge and in a container. Plant it in well-drained soil in an area of partial sun. It is drought tolerant and resistant to pests. Sweet viburnum is a low-maintenance landscape plant.
Forsythia was named for William Forsyth, a founder of the Royal Horticultural Society. The golden blooms appear before the leaves do. This low-maintenance plant is sometimes used as a screen plant, and often as a stand-alone. Plant forsythia in a sunny spot in well-drained soil. Choose its location carefully, as this plant is expansive and needs room to grow. Fertilize the plant once each year and prune away older wood every few years.
Characterized by long, spiky leaves, hyacinths produce large, colorful clusters of highly fragrant flowers. Popularly planted in flower beds, they also make good container plants. Plant them in fall and they will emerge in spring. Plant the bulbs 4 to 8 inches deep in well-drained, fertile soil. Take care to cover the bulb well with soil and then water thoroughly. Hyacinths grow best in sunny to partially shady areas. When flowering has finished for the season, simply cut the stalks back.