Perennials and groundcovers play an important role in landscape design from many perspectives.
One of those functions is to act as “fillers” between the young trees and shrubs. This helps early on with plant spacing and the open spaces that might occur.
When we carefully arrange the young “woody plants” (i.e. trees & shrubs) for future growth, there is often generous amounts of open space remaining in the new garden.
Solution? Bring on the perennials and groundcovers!
Although there are exceptions, generally speaking the perennials and groundcovers will not compete with the growing woody plants in terms of space.
The shrubs and trees will, for the most part, grow unfettered. This is a good thing.
If you start to see the woody plants overgrowing the nearby perennials and groundcovers, it’s not that big a task to dig-out a few to make more open space.
Realize, of course, you can move them to another area of the yard or give them away (a very cool & neighborly thing to do).
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