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Common Denver Landscaping Services Terms

June 28, 2017

Are you interested in Denver landscaping services, but you’re not sure how to describe what you’re looking for? This could be because you’re not familiar with many of the common words that landscapers use to describe different plants. To help you communicate with your landscaper, get familiar with these common terms:

Aquatic Plants

Aquatic plants are any plants that grow or live in the water. You may need to discuss adding aquatic plants to your landscaping design if you plan on including a pond or some other type of water feature. See the best plants for your water garden.

Native Plants

A native plant is any type of plant that grows naturally in your area. Many homeowners choose to use native plants in their landscaping design because they don’t require as much maintenance. Some of the plants that are native to the Denver area include Chocolate Flowers, Black-Eyed Susans, Switchgrass, and Sand Cherry shrubs. Ask your landscaper for suggestions on which native plants will fit your landscaping design the best.


Some plants are described as annuals, which means that they go through an entire life cycle within one year and then die off. Landscapers often place annuals within flowerbeds to inject a sudden burst of color and brightness.


Whereas annual plants go through an entire life cycle within one year, biennials complete a life cycle within two years. In the first year, it is normal for these plants to only grow vegetation. They typically remain unchanged during the cold winter months, and then begin to flower during their second year. After they produce seeds, they will eventually die off.  


The term deciduous can be used to describe trees and bushes that shed their leaves at some point in the year, typically during the fall or winter. Some of the most common types of deciduous trees are oak, maple, and hickory trees. You may not like the way these trees look when their leaves have fallen off, but there’s nothing to worry about. This is just temporary, and the leaves will begin to grow back once the seasons change.

Tender Plants

If you hear a landscaper refer to a plant as being tender, this means that it is not able to survive freezing temperatures during the winter.


You may be able to guess what evergreen plants are based on their name alone. Unlike deciduous plants, evergreens do not ever lose their leaves so they will remain green all year long. Adding evergreen plants to your yard is a great way to ensure your landscaping always looks lush and alive regardless of the season. Some of the most common evergreens are pine trees, red cedar trees, and blue spruce trees.
Now that you know all of the industry lingo, it’s time to contact a landscaping company to begin the transformation of your yard. Our team can help you bring your landscaping vision to life! Call My Landscaper, the premier landscaping design company in Denver. Contact us today to discuss your landscaping needs with our team of experts!