Growing Plants Like a Pro

Growing plants and starting your own garden is what everyone desires. If you like to have a great design for your garden, it’s never late to start. What’s more, you can go a long way down the lane by correcting any flaws in your garden. Architectural or structural plants is a great way of adding a magnificent design to a garden.

What are architectural plants?

Architectural plants are those plants that have a strong structure and a distinctive shape. Moreover, they can add an amazing look to any garden. In general, it is seen that these plants have very ornamental and evergreen leaves. On top of that, they have an interesting and unusual form of leaves.

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However, those shapes can be their natural trait, or they have been clipped for attaining such a shape, just like the Topiaries. It is important to pay attention to their soil needs and sun or shade requirement. An Elephant Ear may look mesmerizing in your herb bed, but that doesn’t mean it can bear the heat of the sunlight throughout the day.

Keep in mind that these plants will take up a big space when they are matured. So plan accordingly. They won’t look good if they are placed closely on the garden bed. It has been observed that these plants look best when they are set apart, and there is a lot of space between them and other plants.

What are the best plants for dry soil?

Plants can face issues from the lack of moisture even in areas where rainfall is abundant. Some of the moisture-related problems that a plant suffers arises from the limited root growth by concrete when they are grown in closed spaces, or grown in sandy soil.

In many cases, the soils can be improved by adding organic matter such as compost, which will help to retain moisture in the soil. However, when you find that it becomes pretty difficult to grow a plant that appears to dry out constantly despite your efforts, it’s time that you need to think about growing plants that can resist the dry conditions.

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These drought-resistant plants will help you in reducing your water bills and your time spent on taking care of these plants. This kind of plants will have thick fleshy, narrow leaves, and spiny, waxy or hairy leaves. Some of these plants include Succulents, Blooming Chives, Smoke Bush, Madagascar periwinkle, Yucca, cactus, Century plant, and many more.

What can you plant on the back of the border?

The borders might not have larger spaces, but when you add a bit of creativity to them, it will work wonders. The best way to tackle a border is to make use of the vertical border by planting trees and shrubs. There are plenty of herbaceous perennials that you can plant, but it is better to avoid tall perennials.

That’s because, in spacious borders, these will blend with other shorter plants, but when they are alone, it won’t look good. The type of plants for the border is grown because to bring in some colour and draw the attention to the backside of the border. However, some of these plants could be larger for an average garden border.

If such is the case, you can alternatively think of growing plants for the front and middle of the border. Some of the plants that you can consider to grow on the back of the border include Elaeagnus, Cotinus, Japanese snowbell, Delphiniums, Eupatorium, Fennel, Clematis, Cardoon, and so on.

What are structural plants?

Structural plants tend to create focal points quite similar to a sculpture in your garden. They are also helpful in creating an impression of dynamics in clean and contemporary gardens. The sharp textures, different sizes and colors create a lot of contrast. Structural plants look fantastic in confined space on the patio, or beside the driveway.

It is up to you to decide whether the structural plants will act as supporting players or remain as the star of your garden. When you give more attention to the structural plant, the more dramatic will be the planting. Some of the structural plants include Ornamental grasses, Multistem trees, Perennials, and so on.


Ensure that you are properly trimming and deadheading from time to time for these plants. Put all your attention to these focal plants, as you want to get the best out of them.