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Video Series: Landscape Planting for Beginners

You don't need to be an expert to transform your landscape!

In this series, follow along as the Goins family transforms several spots around their Connecticut home - including a backyard area, front and side garden beds, and entryway.

The Goins add color and life to their landscape, planting backyard fruit trees, a flowering front garden bed, a narrow foundation planting and large pots around their entryway.

See how they plan their garden beds, find the perfect trees and shrubs with, and share tips for planting and care for fruit trees, flowering shrubs, evergreen trees and more!

Watch the full series below!

Episode 1: Backyard Fruit Trees

In the first video, the Goins plant fruit trees on the outskirts of their yard, including Blueberry bushes, a Fig Tree, a Cold-Hardy Avocado Tree, and a Pomegranate.

What you'll learn:

  • How to select the right fruit trees for your yard
  • How to plant fruit trees and bushes
  • Fertilizer and soil tips to help fruit trees thrive

Episode 2: Transforming a Front Garden Bed

Follow along as the Goins transforms a front garden bed into a beautiful, flowering focal point, with an assortment of tall grasses, flowering shrubs and evergreens.

What you'll learn:

  • How to lay out an attractive front garden bed
  • Where to place plants for the greatest impact
  • How to plant ornamental grasses and shrubs

Episode 3: Narrow Foundation Planting

Watch the Goins family plan and plant an empty, narrow strip along their foundation, turning it into a romantic garden bed with a European-countryside feel.

What you'll learn:

  • How to choose plants for a narrow garden bed
  • Where to place plants for the greatest impact
  • How to plant evergreen and flowering shrubs

Episode 4: Making an Entryway Statement

There’s no better place to make a landscape statement than right outside your front door!

In this video, watch as the Goins family adds life to two large, empty pots outside their home, with evergreen foliage, hanging vines and bright spring blooms.

Follow along as they use the FGT Yard Planner™ to find the perfect plants, and place them outside their door for a welcoming entryway!

What you'll learn:

  • How to add color, volume and height to entryway pots
  • How to container-plant evergreens and vines

Episode 5: Checking on Our New Gardens

The best part about transforming your landscape? Enjoying your new outdoor spaces!

In the final video of our Landscape Planting for Beginners series, the Goins check in on their newly planted trees and shrubs. They find some new growth on their fruit trees and bushes, and even spot some blueberries!

Plus, they share tips on how to keep their new plants happy and healthy.

What you'll learn:

  • How to monitor new plants in your landscape and keep them happy and healthy

Abby Healy

Abby is an avid plant lover and the Director of Content at While her house plant collection is always growing, she also loves landscaping tips and learning more about plant care and maintenance!