Get Gardening, It’s International Plant Appreciation Day!

Happy International Plant Appreciation Day! International Plant Appreciation Day takes place on April 13th each year.

This day is a celebration of all plants and the countless benefits they provide. International Plant Appreciation day takes place in spring which is a great time to plant outdoors. With all the benefits that plants provide us with, why wouldn’t we celebrate them?

The benefits of plants are endless. They provide so much for us in addition to their beauty. Some benefits of plants include:

  • Reduced stress
  • Enhanced appearance of property
  • Improvement of air quality
  • Sound absorption
  • Mood enhancement
  • Provide food and medicine
  • Increased property value
  • Trap and filter pollutants out of rainwater
  • Temperature control
  • Provide wildlife habitats

Plus many more!

Celebrate this day by adding plants to your landscape!

There are various options to choose from when deciding on plants to add to your landscape. Shrubs, flowers, trees, evergreens, and different types of ornamental grasses make great additions to any landscape.

Shrubs

Shrubs come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Shrubs are an important element of landscape design as they can be used for many different reasons. They can be used to add privacy, as a decorative element, and as background plantings to which they contribute color, fragrance, and even utility. Boxwoods, hibiscus, rhododendron, and azaleas are popular shrubs found in many Maryland landscapes.

Flowers

Flowers are always a beautiful eye-catching element to add to any landscape design. Flowers come in a vast amount of colors, sizes, and shapes.  Pansies, roses, snapdragon, and begonias are just some of the many flowers that will add a unique design to any garden.

Trees

Trees not only add beauty to landscape, but they also provide shade and shelter from the elements. Trees also help to reduce soil erosion and surface water runoff. The value of a tree is priceless. Popular trees to add to landscape include magnolia trees, dogwood trees, Japanese maple trees, and birch trees.

 Evergreens

A variety of shrubs and trees fall into the evergreen category. Evergreens can be used to create borders, to hide certain areas, and for privacy. These beautiful plants add texture and color and stay green all year long. Common types of evergreens used for landscape design are pine trees, spruce trees, fir trees, and holly trees.

Ornamental Grasses

Ornamental grasses will add interest to any landscape. Ornamental grasses are low-maintenance and make gardening easy with their tolerance to drought. They also add color to landscape during winter while most plants and yards are brown. Fountain grass, blue oat grass, prairie dropseed, and giant reed grass are popular ornamental grasses.

There are many different plants to choose from when deciding what to add to your landscape. Plants add a unique design element to landscapes as well as provide many benefits. On International Plant Appreciation Day it is important to recognize all that plants provide for us. Get outside and get gardening!

With all these choices how do you know which plants will work for your landscape? Contact one of our experts here for a free consultation and further information on choosing the right plants.