There's no time like the present to start planning for what to plant next spring. With the fall clean-up pretty much nearing its completion and with most of the leaves now fallen, it's a good time to take a look at your yard to determine potential locations in need of some planting attention.
Everything looks much more stark and barren at this point in the year -- unless you have done an excellent job of maintaining a high percentage of coniferous and evergreen material. In my case, that is an area that I will definitely be improving in the spring. So bearing in mind that my landscape objectives are privacy and a woodland setting, here is what I am currently looking at planting in the early spring of 2005:
- Robinia pseudoacacia (Black Locust), approximately 70 in the 5' to 8' range;
- Elaeagnus angustifolia (Russian Olive), 10 shrubs in the 3' to 4' range;
- Acer campestre (Hedge Maple), five in the 10' to 12' range;
- Bamboo - nuda, 10 of these;
- Acer platanoides (Norway Maple), haven't picked the variety yet, but looking at 10 or so;
- Pyrus calleryana, probably Chanticleer, need 3 of these; and
- Juniperus virginiana (Eastern Red Cedar), the species, at least 30 of these.
The bamboo will be a bit of a test for me. I'm curious to see how it takes in our conditions. The Black Locust and Eastern Red Cedar are my two main privacy plants and these 100 or so trees will primarily be going close to the perimeter of the property, to further aid in privacy landscaping and also to kick-start my woodland even more. Both of these are native and abundant in my area.
I am also planning on a large perennial area (75' x 125') so I will be working on plant selection for that in the near future.