Common Softscape Components
In a well-planned landscape, elements should be positioned so they look attractive and are primed for continued growth and health. The climate, type of soil, amount of light, and drainage conditions are all things to consider when planning softscapes, the natural, living features of a landscape, including trees, bushes, flowers, and other plants. Common softscape components include:
Trees, shrubs, and ground cover. Use trees, shrubs, and various types of ground cover to create visually rich, aesthetically pleasing designs. As you select plants for your landscape, consider species of trees and shrubs that are native to the area.
Flower gardens. Many homeowners incorporate both
perennials and annuals into the garden design to ensure a varying palette of color throughout the year. For example, tulips are
annuals that are often planted in the late fall for color throughout
the winter months. When the tulips are done blooming, summer annuals
Mulch. For unused sections
of the yard, low-maintenance options like mulch may be preferred over
grass. Mulch helps prevent weed growth and provides an insulating layer that holds heat and moisture in the soil. Because mulch
decomposes, it typically needs to be replenished once or twice a year.