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 replace them.

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.