Where to Plant Things in Your Backyard


Landscaping your backyard is like working with a clean slate. You get to decide where to plant things in your yard.

You may have an urban backyard with tight spaces or live in a neighborhood where everyone has a ¼ acre. Big or small, you need to know the micro-climates that exist on your property before you go to your local garden center.

Why Do You Need to Know About Your Backyard’s Micro-Climates?

While it may seem incredible, everyone’s backyard has different micro-climates. Your backyard’s climates are different from your next-door neighbor’s.

For example, you’ll need to contend with the wind if you have hilly areas on your property. If a side of your house is facing directly north, you have an area with little morning sun and shade for the rest of the day.

Shady areas are cooler than full sun areas and also have more moisture. Full sun areas are hotter and dry out quickly because the sun evaporates the moisture.

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Plus, each micro-climate gets different amounts of rain and has different soil needs.

Finally, you should break up your property into hydrozones. You’ll plant shade-loving plants where there’s shade, but you also need to consider how much water the plants need.

Coral bells, for instance, should be planted in partial shade because they don’t do well with the afternoon sun. Since coral bells can handle some drought, you want to pair them with drought-tolerant hosta, liriope, and some ferns.

Where to Plant Things in the Backyard

You want to plant things together with other plants with the same needs—such as hours of sunlight and watering.

Now, you need to know where to plant things, so you’ll need to design your backyard before you start digging new beds or planting turf seeds.

How to Know Where to Plant Things in Your Backyard?

You start with a basic landscape design. You can find landscape design templates online, or get tracing paper and start sketching. Keep everything basic in your landscape design.

Before sketching, you must decide your backyard’s purpose and the plants you want to add to it. For example, do you want a turf area for the kids to play in and flowerbeds gracing walkways?

You also need to consider your budget. What can you afford now? What can you afford in the future?

You’ll know where to plant things after you add all of the necessary considerations of a basic landscape design.

Here are the 11 steps you need to design your backyard:

  1. Sketch your house and other outbuildings already existing on your property.
  • Draw in any existing hardscapes, such as driveways, walkways, patios, and retaining walls.
  • If they exist in your yard, add trampolines, bocce ball courts, and sports nets to your landscape design.
  • Add any existing trees.
  • Draw in sloping areas, sun, and shade areas.

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  • Consider your overall goals for your backyard for the present and future.
  • Add larger items, such as a second patio or an outdoor kitchen area.
  • Use lines and curves to design flowerbeds.
  • Sketch larger plants in the back of a flowerbed, add medium-sized plants, and then include smaller plants to border the bed.
  1. Think about adding walkways or paths connecting different parts of your backyard spaces.
  1. Consider how much time you have for lawn and landscape maintenance.

You want to draw a backyard design, whether you have a small urban or large yard, because it will help you know where to plant things. Lowes.com has a great video going into more detail on how to plan a landscape.

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