Landscape Success Begins with the Right Plant in the Right Place

A lot goes into a successful landscape but the most basic principle for a successful landscape has to begin with the right plant in the right spot. All too often, plants are out of place in the landscape and they begin to fail prematurely. In this picture below, Blue Spruces are planted as an understory to larger deciduous trees. Blue Spruces are definitely not a shade plant or even a partial shade plant. If you look closely, you can see some of the Spruces in the distance already struggling. This planting is not terribly old and I’m sure someone paid quite a bit of money to have it installed. It’s unfortunate that it will eventually fail. A bunch better solution would have been our native Hemlock,Arborvitaes,or Norway Spruces. If you are planning a landscape, you’ll have much better luck at a successful landscape by doing some research to match your site conditions to a plants needs.

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Richard Schipul
Richard Schipul

For the last 30 years, I have owned the landscape company Designing Eden LLC based in New Milford, CT. We offer landscape designs, landscape installations and garden maintenance services in Fairfield and Litchfield County Connecticut. I am currently the only Nationally Certified Landscape Designer in Litchfield County and sit on the board of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers and Mad Gardeners.

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