Designing Your Landscape

by | Oct 2023

First Editions® Berry White® Panicle Hydrangea.

First Editions® Berry White® Panicle Hydrangea. Photo: First Editions® Shrubs & Trees

It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of interiors when talking about homes. But I argue that nothing makes a home feel more luxurious and put together than a fabulous landscape to match. Tackling landscape design can be tricky, especially if you’re new to it, so here are a few tips and tricks to get you started.

Understand Your Space

Getting to know your space is an important step in knowing the plants you’re picking will thrive. Figure out the scope of your project, how much sun exposure your space gets throughout the day, the kind of soil you have and the zone you live in to start.

Utilize Structural Plants

Structural plants act as the bones of your garden and are a great backdrop for you to build the rest of your garden. Start designing a space with a structural shrub that take up space, like Parkland Pillar® Birch; one that provides evergreen interest, like Tall Guy® Arborvitae; or even one that offers multiseason views, like Berry White® Panicle Hydrangea. Now, you’ll have something to work from to design the rest.

Think About Color

Keep color in mind when choosing other plants to feature. Pro tip: Use the color wheel! Whether you go with a monochromatic color scheme and use plants in different shades of green or go with complementary colors and plant those with shades of purple and yellow, thinking about color will help you craft a cohesive landscape.

Gretchen McNaughton is the communications and content specialist at Bailey Nurseries. Learn more at


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