Taking care of your landscaping takes an eye for design. Many front yards are ho-hum at best, but there are those occasional homes that you might see driving through the neighborhood that are jaw-dropping gorgeous because of their landscape. You’ll be happy to know that your yard to can look like this by implementing a few simple tips to enhance your landscape.
Colors, textures, and groupings of plants and flowers that you choose can greatly impact the overall aesthetic of your house. Here’s how to better incorporate each of these elements into your own homes landscaping.
A little bit of color in your landscaping can go a long way in adding visual interest. If you’ve ever seen a house that has 12 of the same type of evergreen bush in the front landscaping, you know that only one color of plants is extremely boring. Flowering trees and bushes add color, but many varieties are only in bloom for a short period of time. Don’t rely solely on flowers for color — there are many plants with brightly colored or patterned leaves that can make a real statement.
Tip: If trees and shrubs with colored foliage are placed along an east-west line, they can benefit from the back-lighting of a rising or setting sun.
Strategic use of colored pots can be another way to introduce color to your landscape. To mix it up so that you have color throughout the year, add bushes and trees that have leaves that are a color other than green. For instance, Japanese maple trees offer deep purple leaves, and the purple smoke bush adds color, too.
When a house has only one species of evergreen bush for landscaping, it’s not just suffering from lack of color variety. The landscaping also needs a wider range of textures. The purple smoke bush not only adds color, but it also has an interesting texture that most plants don’t have. You can also incorporate the fuzzy texture of the lamb’s ear plant or the spikes of many ornamental kinds of grass. The texture of plants is especially important when they’re not flowering. Consider leaf size, shape, spacing, variegations, and gloss level to find plants with pleasing textures.
When you’re landscaping, you need to consider how you’ll group certain plants together. There are several techniques that you can use, including grouping many small plants together.
Tip: When planting more than one row of shrubs or flowers stagger the plants so they aren’t lined up one in front of the other.
If you’ll be using a smaller number of plants, you should also use odd numbers of them; even numbers often look awkward. Also, consider function when you’re planting. Remember, drainage and other growing requirements will weigh heavily into which plants you group together.
If you’re tired of your boring landscaping, come up with a design to make it more interesting. While you can install plants over the course of several months or years, you should start with a sketch to get a better idea of what you want the overall aesthetic to be like.
Before planting, place all your plants where you would like them to go before you start digging. Often times after placing everything out you will want to make changes and adjustments.
Once your happy with the way everything looks with you new plan, it’s time to plant and enjoy your new outdoor space.
Until next time, Happy Gardening !