If you’re a homeowner, you know that it can be tough to find time to do your own landscaping. Hiring a residential landscaping company is often an easier option than trying to handle it yourself. Because of this, it is a good idea to invest in plants that look amazing and provide plenty of color throughout the year. Below are five plants that you can use to make your home look amazing.
#1 – Hydrangeas
Hydrangeas, sometimes called “snowball bushes” depending on where you’re from, are an excellent choice for residential landscapes. They grow quickly, they thrive in part shade areas, and they can even provide screening if you want to separate the property of your home from the surrounding properties. Birds love hydrangeas, too, which means you can listen to their songs while you’re sitting on your porch. Your family will appreciate the ambiance, and the pop of color will add some serious curb appeal.
#2 – Chokeberries
Chokeberries are another shrub that grows exceptionally well in the Chicagoland area. They are interesting in every single season, and they are perfect for full-shade areas that seem to be missing color. They bloom in spring, turn a deep shade of green in the summer, and display their gorgeous colorful berries in the fall. The best part is that they retain their berries even into the winter months, and they look amazing against a backdrop of snow.
#3 – Salvia (Garden Sage)
Salvia is a perennial that will continue to provide you with excellent foliage whether you plant it in the ground or in a container. It grows to about two feet tall and two feet wide, which makes it excellent for lining up under windows, too. It’s especially fragrant, which can be pleasing coming in and out of your homes open windows. Garden sage is best planted in areas that get full sun, and while they do best with regular pruning, their size and shape make maintenance simple.
#4 – Topiary Trees
Flowers, shrubs, and foliage are beautiful, but topiary trees offer a different interest that you simply cannot get any other way. They’re great for containers, too, so you can even choose species that need to come indoors during the colder months. Topiaries are available in balls, spirals, cubes, and any other shape you can imagine so you can give your home’s property some serious personality.
#5 – Peruvian Lily
The Peruvian lily is an excellent choice for Chicago, especially if you plant it in areas where the soil tends to stay relatively cool. You can find these lilies in several unique shades of purple, and the dark flecks toward the center leaves make them incredibly interesting. They grow to three feet tall, and you can keep the blooms coming for weeks on end if you twist off the shoots at the base when they begin to wilt.
As you can see, landscaping your home does not have to be a difficult task, and there are many excellent plant choices that require very little in the form of maintenance. If you do not have the time to plant, trim, shape, and prune on your own, call us, and we can help.
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