3. Consider the Soil and Native Plants
In general, soil in Northern Michigan is extremely sandy. While this is great for water drainage, some plants can struggle in our sandy soils. One consideration to help your garden survive is to select native plants. These plants are familiar with all of the conditions in Northern Michigan and can thrive. Native plants also tend to grow stronger root structures and attract pollinators.
4. Vary Plant Types and Remember Winter
There are thousands and thousands of options when it comes to choosing the plants that are right for your property. We recommend thinking about how tall and large the plant will become down the road, as having some variation in height is really important. Think about which colors you like and which you do not. A designer will likely suggest plants of varying textures, shapes, and sizes so the planting area has interest both vertically and horizontally. A final consideration when looking at plant varieties is what the plants will look like in the winter. Since our winter season is sometimes quite long, it is wise to include plants that have some interest or beauty, even in the winter!
5. Find Something You Love
Our final piece of advice is simple: find at least a few plants you really love and incorporate them into your landscape. Even if you are not very interested in plants, there will likely be at least one that you really enjoy. Doing some quick research can pull up unique plants that will survive in your area and may help you decide what you would love to include. Most designers have lots of experience with unique plantings, so asking them to show you photos of some of their favorite plants or plantings they have done for others is a great idea to hopefully find a plant that you love!
Selecting a Landscaping Company to Design Your Garden Spaces
There is a whole lot to consider when choosing plantings for your newly installed landscape. A quick google search brings up countless choices for our state, but some plants can’t thrive in the Northern Michigan climate. Our sandy soil and colder winter temperatures eliminate several options for plantings. An experienced landscape designer or landscape architect can help guide you in your plant selection process. When you are presented with your landscape design, there should also be a planting list included.
At TruNorth Landscaping, we try to provide pictures of what each plant will look like so that you can see how the garden will look together. We also have our own nursery, so we truly know what plants will do well in our climate. We work with several other nurseries in the state to provide additional planting options, so your plants will be used to our cooler nights and winters before they are planted. With over 30 years of landscaping experience, we can help you pick the perfect plants to highlight your outdoor space!