Ornamental Horticulturist




One of the most important elements in Landscape Design is the utilization of plants. For purposes of aesthetics with regards to Landscape design, ornamental horticulturists are the authority and experts in the field. Generally, ornamental horticulture can identify plants, which would come in handy when selecting a particular plant for a particular site, knows about garden maintenance, arboriculture and nursery work. There are some landscape designers that have preference to some ornamental plants that the only way to get assurance of supply is to grow the plant themselves. The knowledge of growing, nurturing and culturing of ornamental plants usually falls to the ornamental horticulturist. The process of growing the plant is already a very complicated aspect as even irrigation systems and machineries that come with it have to be designed by the horticulturist when really necessary.

Since plants are grown, naturally, soils and other types of medium are also needed to be an area of expertise among horticulturists. There are some plants that would only grow in some types of soils so it is really a must that a horticulturist should know these things. In some cases, though, the soil contributes to the overall picture of the landscape. Another strong point of a horticulturist is pest management and control. One such landscape spoilers are insects. There are pests that eat the leaves thereby negating the purpose of placing the plant as part of a landscape. Some plants are used to give shape to the landscape, some are to give colors and some are plainly just to give shade. No matter what purpose or reason that a plant is present in a landscape, still the prospect of pests eating away at it would mean the despoiling of the landscape. A good knowledge of controlling and getting rid of these nasty insects would save the plants and the landscape. Of course, topography is always taken into consideration as different types of plants adapt to different type of topographies.

Generally, different kinds of plants are used for different purposes. Modern landscapes usually incorporate ornamental grasses. Ornamental grasses can provide the needed green effect and needs only little effort to maintain. Another favorite of landscape designers are vines. Vines are very versatile because they can serve a lot of purposes. One thing about vines is they can add layer or veil of color to any architectural structure. Landscape designers also consider plants that can be pruned to be shaped according to what shape is required. Large estates with landscapes usually have plants that have been groomed to shape like a giant ball or to the shape of a dinosaur or giraffe. Plants that can be shaped are good center pieces of a mini landscape but the drawback, of course, is it requires heavy maintenance. And then, the most common reason plants are chosen is because of how they mix and match with other plants. Landscapers consider also the color of the building. If the building has yellow streaks in it then most probably, plants with yellow streaks are matched with it.

Opportunities for ornamental horticulturist are tied up with the state of the landscape design industry. A vast knowledge in plants and keeping up with modern trends would surely spell success for an aspiring ornamental horticulturist.

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