Common Components of Maryland Softscapes

A professional landscaper will know what to grow and where to grow it in order to suit the needs of the project. Climate, type of soil, amount of light, and water restrictions are all considerations when planning softscapes.

Trees, shrubs, and flowers. A variety of beautiful trees and shrubs thrives in the Maryland climate. Combinations of these can create a visually pleasing scene characterized by contrasts of texture and scale. Flowers add color and fragrance to the landscape, and many homeowners will want to incorporate both perennials and annuals into the garden design. And in addition to selecting trees and plants whose appearances you like, consider choosing species native to the area.

Grass. If children live in or will frequently visit the home, at least a portion of the yard should be grass to provide a space to play. There are several varieties available, and some grasses are hardier than others. Certain grasses flourish in particular climates; make sure to consult with a landscaper and choose appropriately. 

Vegetable and herb gardens. Since vegetables and herbs are edible, these types of gardens are economical and practical. They can also be visually appealing. Always plant edible gardens in areas receiving a lot of sunlight. Consulting with professional landscapers for the specific needs of your plants will help to ensure that the garden thrives.

Mulch and ground covers. For unused sections of the yard, low-maintenance options like mulch and native ground covers may be preferred over grass. Mulch provides nutrients to the soil around plants and flowers and helps prevent weed growth and soil erosion. Because mulch will decompose, it typically needs to be replenished once a year. Native plants that work well as ground covers include a variety of ferns, sedges, and wildflowers.