Landscaping Ideas

Landscaping is the process of making a garden or a piece of land more attractive by changing or altering the designs, planting trees and shrubs, ornamental plants and shrubs. A landscaper is anyone that does this job. He or she creates new landscapes by planting and changing the outdoor design. A landscaper is different from a groundskeeper. A groundskeeper just keeps or maintains what is already looking nice and pleasant, and if you may wish there is also a greenskeeper.

Therefore, Landscaping can refer to any activity that modifies the natural features of an expanse of land, and this encapsulates the living elements, such as flora or fauna; or what is mostly referred to as gardening, the art and craft of growing plants with a goal of creating new scenery within the landscape. As far back as the ancient Mayans, landscaping became an art, humans were manipulating the land for both aesthetic and practical reasons which included the addition of plants, making reformation to the existing terrain and building of structures are all involved in landscaping.

Your landscaping ideas should be simple enough to avoid complexities and ambiguity. There are landscaping ideas you need to have or follow if you wish to change the beauty of your outdoor design.

Some are listed below;

Arrange your Driveway

You would have to choose the right plant and materials for this. You could also use coloured stones to demarcate the driveway, by doing this; you will hide an unattractive and barren driveway. With only a few steps, that less-than-picture perfect portion of your home can be transformed into a gardener’s paradise. Start by creating a slightly raised island of lawn in the centre of the drive. Then, toward the back of the island with roses will a low boxwood hedge be added, annuals, and perennials rising above the hedge in the front. Blend a variety of colours, textures, and heights for a great look. Try ‘Crystal Fairy’ rose for height, lamb’s ears for texture, and ‘Butterfly Deep Rose’ petals for colour.

Grow Blooming Shrubs

Blooming shrubs are one of the most beautiful ornamental plants’ examples are Forsythia, Bridalwreath Spirea, Azalea, Rhododendron, Daphne ‘Carol Mackie’ and Beautybush. These plants create an incredible impression across a yard, and you can add colour in just one lasting step. For major impact, Chinese snowball is recommended, which actually is one of spring’s showiest shrubs. In the late spring is when White flower clusters that grow 6 to 8 inches across festoon its branches. It’s a thrill to behold. The plant gets big; you can them grow from 12 to 20 feet tall and wide. And by the way, though it looks like a hydrangea, it’s actually a viburnum.

N.B. Rose is one of the best flowering shrubs you can have

Hide Outdoor Structures

There are some structures outdoors that are most unattractive to the sight, it could be the shed, a garage or even an outdoor workspace or perhaps a broken part on the patio. You can hide these structures and make the most of these spaces by using them as a setting for a beautiful display of plants and flowers. To create a shelf on the exterior of a structure above the entrance or windows, try adding brackets and a wooden plank. Then, set lightweight fibreglass planters filled with flowers atop it to hide the structure and also add a natural ambience to the entryway. Potted ferns are great additions for the base of the structure and they give an earthy accent to the threshold. Bringing plants both nearer and actually onto the walls of the structure will make it seem like a seamless complement to the green space.

Use Gravel

There might be some parts of the garden that plants don’t thrive and cannot grow, you could use gravel in such spots. Gravel is actually cheap, required low maintenance and is relatively inexpensive. You can also use gravel in areas where there is a heavy foot activity or drainage problem or an area where a different outlook is required.

Ohh, and there is the hideaway

There are some gardens where you would love to have a getaway or little hideaway. Here, people can gather for drinks and try mixing formal with informal for stimulating visual tension or perhaps even a more romantic one. Your creativity can be honed and save the biggest garden surprise, a wall of plants, a fountain, a statue, a bench, or a special flower display. You’ll create your own secret garden just moments from your front door. The most impactful is at the farthest spot in your yard instead of putting it directly next to the house.

Flowers and Fences

If you possess a little space between your house and the street, try building a low fence in front. It provides the illusion on people that your house is farther from the street than it really is, and it also gives great space for planting flowers and vines. There are some homes where you could put flowers and shrubs just between the fence and drainage. It adds beauty to the scenery, calmness and coolness. Flowers always make a home seem more welcoming. Adorn your entrance with assorted annuals and perennials to keep your home awash with colour all year long.

Plant Perennials and Ornamental Grasses

Perennials are plants that return year after year, while annuals are planted and live for only one season. For something more pocket-friendly, there are perfect perennials for your garden and year. Some include Kangaroo Paw, Coneflower, Sage, Veronica, Astilbe, Baptisia, Buddleia, Allium

Ornamental grasses add texture and a mixture of different soothing feelings. It helps your landscape look high design and expensive whereas the flowers are cheap and inexpensive. Some grasses worth adding to your garden and year include Flax(colourful), Fountain grass, Little bluestem, Zoysia, Feather Reedgrass. You can the grasses in clusters and add some perennials amidst them to have a year-round and yearlong garden

Ohh, have you heard of Planks and Sheets?

Found objects, collector items, wood scraps, corrugated sheets or even an old copper can be recycled and placed at a strategic location in your garden or yard to cast a unique feature. You could easily place them near your fence or add to your patio wall.

There are landscaping rules you should never break

  1. Consider the right plants for your climate
  2. Have the right budget
  3. Avoid overdeveloping your yard(Keep it Simple)
  4. Know your maintenance limits
  5. Seed and aerate your lawn appropriately
  6. Read up on the landowners’ rules and bylaws
  7. Ensure hard surfaces don’t slope towards your house
  8. Keep an eye on the sunlight
  9. Have Insurance
  10. Be creative, Don’t break too many walls