Garden and greenhouse growers in Texas have been given advice by Houstons garden guru.
Randy Lemmon told ABC News that growers can save a fortune by avoiding the services of landscape gardeners.
He explained that such professionals will charge up to 40 per cent more per plant than if people buy them from nurseries.
The expert suggested homeowners create a tiered system for their outdoor space, choosing a variety of colours and textures over two or three levels.
Mr Lemmons advice included starting with a layer of trees or large bushes, before complementing them with shrubs, flowers and ornamental grasses.
Another piece of wisdom was to use stones to create raised beds and add diversity to the landscape.
"You get a bright yellow leaf plant up against a darker green one – thats a colour tiering with two different types of plants that are going to stay that way pretty much year round," he explained to the news provider.
Meanwhile, a new garden and greenhouse product has been released which can send text messages to remind growers when it is time to tend to certain plant varieties.