Do you want your garden to look beautiful year-round but don't know where to start? Creating a beautiful landscape is easy to do once you know a few tricks.
Here are three landscape design tips for creating a beautiful space that draws you out of your house and into your garden. With a little planning and some digging, you will be drinking your morning coffee outside in a beautiful setting in no time!
1 - Think outside the walls
Instead of limiting your planting space to the perimeter of your house, try a tree, shrub, and flower border at your property line, or at least far enough from the foundation of your house that you can enjoy from your favorite window.
Gardens set away from the house add depth and interest to your landscape. They also act as a border and backdrop to all other areas of your yard. If you're planning to add a seating area to your space, it can be nestled next to your new garden for added privacy and beauty.
What you can do: Look out your favorite window. What do you see? What would you like to see? Can you imagine a beautiful flower or vegetable garden, maybe a native garden, shade tree or shrub border?
2 - Groups and clusters
Create planting beds rather than planting a shrub here and another there. Plantings that are clustered together are easier to maintain. For example, mowing around a single bed line vs. mowing around each shrub will save you a lot of time. Groups of plants also make a much better visual statement!
What you can do: If you are planting a new garden or filling in an existing bed, plant in groups of three, five, seven, etc. Odd numbers create a less formal feeling garden and the groups of plants will make a more organized garden. If you want a more wild look, use a wider variety of plants and plant in smaller clusters or even single plants.
3 - Seasonal interest
When choosing plants, make sure something is showing off each season. This will keep your outdoor space interesting and colorful year round. Remember to include some evergreen plants so that your garden has some green year-round.
What you can do: Before running out and buying your favorite plants, make a list of the plants you have and the plants you want and what interest they bring each season. With it all written out, it is easy to make sure you have a few plants showing off in each season.
I'd love to hear from you! What are your favorite design techniques?