Top 10 Smart Landscaping Secrets from the Pros

Prepare for an attractive garden for the whole year.

In other words, make sure that your garden is versatile enough to be beautiful in all seasons. This can be done with a little forethought and research into your plant selection. It’s best to have some flower beds and flowering trees and shrubs for the spring and summer, a good mix of foliage for the fall, and something left over that will survive the winter.

Create layers of flower beds for aesthetic effect.

Create several different rows of plants in order to create a layering effect. Tallest plants should be arranged in the back row, with medium sized plants in the middle row, and the shortest and or smallest plants in the front. You can use a repeating pattern in order to achieve some sense of order or symmetry, which is usually the most pleasing to the eye.

Consider some continuous elements.

Many people prefer deciduous trees for their color and variety, but also consider evergreen trees and other varieties for their continuous foliage.

Complimenting Annual flower beds with Perennials.

Many people love perennial flower beds for their beautiful color schemes, however they bloom for a limited amount time. This can a problem for anyone looking to achieve a lush and beautiful garden year round. Supplementing your flowers beds with annuals may be a good way to stagger blooming times to keep your garden blossoming with color all year round.

Don’t forget about hardscape!

Hardscape is considered to be hard parts of the landscape which are immovable and not living. This could include gravel, pavement, and rockery. They may also include retaining walls, paths, patios, fountains, and driveways. Hardscape is important to include in your landscaping arrangement in order to create a finished and functional space. Not only does hardscape make a design statement, it also provides functionality to the property.

Let’s get wet!

Installing water features can be a great way to customize the look of your outdoor space, as well as add an element of serenity. Fountains and babbling brooks not only look beautiful, but they also sound beautiful. Use these installations as a focal point for your garden and build up the rest of your space around them. Experiment with fountains, ponds, and even waterfalls.

Form and Texture.

Flowers, bushes and shrubs are important elements, but don’t forget about incorporating for and texture of different mediums into your design. Some trees may not have any flowers at all, but they work well to offer different patterns in order to break up the monotony. Use all the varieties of textures that nature has to offer in your designs!

Don’t overcomplicate things.

Making your yard look pretty is not the only important thing to remember when designing your personalized landscape. Creating a landscape that is easily maintained is just as, if not more important than creating a landscape which is aesthetically pleasing. Your yard is not going to look good at all if you give up on taking care of it.

Incorporate cactus for longevity.

Summer heat can be a detriment to you grow! Choose drought resistant plants, especially if you live in an exceptionally hot and arid environment, to ensure the longevity of your landscape. Using cactus in your yard is also a good idea to save water and look after the environment!

Choose flowers which suit the environment of your yard.

Make sure you are choosing plants that are well suited to the environment that your yard has to offer. Flowers that thrive in high light environments should not be used if your yard has excessive shade! Plants that require rich soil should be avoided if your yard has many rocks!