Plants Perfect for Mass Planting

Posted By Ashleigh Bethea on Aug 25, 2017 | 0 comments


Mass planting is a fun, visually appealing technique that is great for wide open spaces. Find out if this method is right for you and your landscape.

What’s Mass Planting?

Mass planting is exactly what it sounds like – planting a group of very similar to identical plants close together so that they flow into each other creating a carpet-like effect. This kind of planting is great for creating massive visual  impact that individual plants might not achieve on their own. Certain varieties look incredible planted this way and prove that there truly is strength (and beauty!) in numbers.

How does it affect the landscape?

Mass planting creates a seamless swath of complementary colors and textures that gives definition to the area while also highlighting the beauty of certain, more subtle flower and foliage that would otherwise be overlooked. Mass plantings act as thick brush strokes to a canvas that draws attention even when viewed from a distance. We suggest this method of planting for very large open yards because it makes use of excess space while adding visual impact without a lot of overthinking involved.

Which plants should I use?

Try going for low growing flowers and grasses that don’t mind being close and personal with each other and that are dense enough to create a seamless visual effect. You’re looking for uniformity so try to avoid amorphous or ‘leggy’ plants with uneven habits.

Floral interest 

Here are some of our favorite flowers for mass planting. Do you see some you’ve tried/would like to try?

Black Eye Susans 

Little Goldstar Black-eyed Susan

Little Goldstar Black-eyed Susan

 

Coneflowers

Echinacea Cara Mia™

Echinacea Cara Mia™

Shrub Roses

Oso Easy® Italian Ice Shrub Rose

Oso Easy® Italian Ice Shrub Rose

 

Lavender

Phenomenal Lavender

Phenomenal Lavender

Coreopsis

Autumn Blush Coreopsis

Autumn Blush Coreopsis

Crocus

Purple Fiction Crocus

Purple Fiction Crocus

 

Grasses & Foliage interest

Flowers are lovely, but they aren’t the only way to leave a big impression on garden guests. Try out some unique combinations of foliage interest plants to really put on an unforgettable botanical show!

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Hostas

Autumn Frost Hosta

Autumn Frost Hosta

 

Heuchera (Coral Bells)

'Frost' Heuchera

‘Frost’ Heuchera

Sedge Grass

Pennsylvania Sedge

Pennsylvania Sedge

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