Answers to common questions about mass planting
Mass planting may be just what it takes to create drama and impact in your garden. That said, planting many plants of the same type is not for everyone or every garden, and there are certain techniques that can make this design more successful.
We will try to answer common questions about mass planting.
Is my garden too small to focus?
The visual impact and reduced maintenance will be most noticeable in larger gardens, where you can use more than one species for variety when concentrated. In medium and small gardens, it is more important to limit the amount of dough to avoid things looking too static. A good rule of thumb is “The smaller the property, the less the masses”. And if you have room for a single mass, it's best to choose a plant that will bloom for a long period of time, such as peppermint or Rozanne geranium, or a plant that has extremely showy foliage, such as a small blue-stemmed herb or a kills insects.
There are still answers to common questions about mass planting to answer.
Can you have too many masses?
Perhaps. If you consider the use of mass in commercial landscapes to be cold and stiff, it could be because the concept is being used exclusively. There is no rest for the eye to catch something special or unexpected; you are left with large static areas of equality. Instead, balance large masses with other areas of smaller groups of different plants, or divide things up occasionally with a strategic focal point.
How do you avoid monotony?
Here are some simple tips to avoid excessive repetition in a landscape that depends on many stands.
- Vary the structure and texture. When it comes to choosing plants, be sure to consider the size, structure, and texture of each type of plant. Using masses of coneflowers (Echinacea), black-eyed susans (Rudbeckia), and sneezeweed (Helenium) in a similar area can give your flowers a color contrast, but they all share a similar structure and texture. Mixing things up with shredded allium, Russian sage, or wavy spearmint will also give you height, shape, and texture contrast.
- Sprinkle on some self-seeders. These annual posts will add an element of surprise. Opium poppies (Papaver somniferum), flowering tobacco (Nicotiana langsdorffii), borage (Borago officinalis), dill (Anethum graveolens) and several others are good options that can be easily controlled by pulling the hand. Let them arise on your plantation here and there. Take them out where you don't want them. Remove them after they are no longer attractive, but wait until they have shed seeds for next year.
- Plan a well-located break. Placing a small tree or a couple of shrubs (like hydrangeas in the back) between masses or even in the middle of a single mass acts as an end point for the eyes, and visually breaks up a mass or acts as a transition between two masses
- Use the concept of mix and dough. Mixing smaller plant clusters (three to five plants) into a larger mass (five or more plants) definitely works against monotony. Choose plants with a staggered flowering time (from the larger stand variety) and colors that work well together.
With all this we hope we have helped you with these answers to common questions about mass planting to answer.
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