Creating a breathtaking landscape may not be the easiest endeavor in the world, but it is far from impossible. If you are enthusiastic about making your home more beautiful and inviting, go ahead and prepare your landscape supplies so you can try the following simple steps.
Incorporate elements that have long-lasting appeal
Make sure your landscape has something interesting for all the seasons. Do some research to learn about the best plants for each season. Find out when certain plants look their best, and use that as basis for your planting plan. Basically, the goal is for trees and shrubs to flower in spring and summer, leaves to have autumn colors in fall, and perennials to remain structured in winter.
Choose plants that can resist drought
It is common for novice DIY landscapers to enthusiastically plant something in spring, only to be disappointed when summer comes and causes the plants to wither. To keep this from happening to your landscape, opt for drought-tolerant plants. They can handle low-water conditions and the summer heat won’t cause their appearance and health to deteriorate.
Fortunately, it’s not hard to find drought-resistant perennials, ground covers, trees, ornamental grasses and shrubs.
Layer the flower borders in rows
There should be a row in the back for the tallest plants, a row in the middle for the slightly shorter ones, and a row in front for the shortest plants. Doing this in the planting beds is a sure-fire way of creating an organized and harmonious look.
Add plants that help create visual continuity
Don’t fill the area with deciduous shrubs and trees, such as fall foliage trees, which shed leaves when the growing season ends. Your landscape design should also include evergreens that maintain the same look throughout their lifespan. They will provide the landscape with continuity, while the deciduous plants will add visual interest.
Let annuals do what perennials can’t
Annual plants germinate during one season and usually mature on a different season of the following year. What makes them an excellent addition to your planting beds is that they add color. They bloom longer than perennials so they can help keep your landscape colorful and vibrant throughout the year.
Use water features as focal points
Water features not only look amazing, but also create unique sounds that can make your landscape more relaxing. What’s more, they are not always difficult to install. With a little time, creativity and budget, you can incorporate a fountain, pond or waterfall into the landscape design.
Take advantage of existing hardscape
Inanimate elements like walls, patios, decks pools and other built environment should be incorporated into your design. Aside from helping provide structure in winter, they can give your landscape a cohesive look.
Your design preferences, skills, budget and the local climate will affect your first attempt at DIY landscaping, but the endeavor can be downright simple. If you follow these easy steps, you’ll be able to create a landscape that fits your every need. Also, if you are an environmentally conscious home owner, consider checking out these ideas for green landscaping.
Jasmine Keynes wrote this article.
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