It is very important to fully plan out any new planting plan as well as any modifications to the current landscaping. A well thought out plan will save you time and money in plant maintenance, water consumption and potential extractions caused by over planting. Knowing the mature height and width of any planting will assist you in avoiding removing a tree or shrub that you really love but was planted too close to the house or any any structure (including power lines) that it could impact. Also, it is beneficial to understand what, if any, pruning requirements your new plantings will be in need of. This is especially true of any fruit trees and ornamental shrubs.
Perennial flower and grass maintenance is a must if you wish to extend the blooming season. Most spring blooming perennials such as blanket flower, salvia and coneflower, can have multiple blooming sessions per season if you deadhead them after the first blooms fade. Grasses are typically left 'in seed' through winter for interest and then pruned in late winter for the next season's growth. The last bloom of the perennial flowers can also be left on in autumn as a food source for foraging songbirds that overwinter here. It is also a good idea to plant some fall blooming perennials such as goldenrod and aster to supplement the early season bloomers.
Lastly, keep an eye on your watering schedules...too much promotes weeds and is wasteful and too little leaves perennials and shrubs to weak to flower and sustain themselves... trees should be given deep intermittent watering... spraying daily only encourages shallow root growth in turf and trees.
As usual, Habiscapes can help you with both the planting schemes and watering issues. Following these tips will allow you to enjoy your landscape for many years!!!