Embellish your garden
While owning a beautiful house is the dream of many people, a house is really only the starting point to owning a beautiful piece of property. Even an ornate mansion might start to look dingy if it's sitting on a simplistic, boring lawn. That's where the art of landscaping comes in. The purpose of landscaping is to beautify an outdoor area by designing a unique layout of plants and architecture.
That said, most people opt for more traditional forms of landscaping. One of the first things to take into account is how to design your landscape for all seasons. You don't want a yard that is beautiful once the summer blossoms appear, but does nothing for the remaining seasons. The optimal plan is a yard with shrubs and trees that flower in the spring and summer months, produce beautiful fall foliage, and provide an appealing structure in the winter.
Many people have trouble with winter landscapes. They are hard to work with, because most plants just look dead. That's why using some evergreen trees can be a really good idea. These trees will, as the name implies, stay green year round, and they contribute a sense of constancy to landscapes.
Layering Your Planting Beds
Another useful tip for basic landscapes is to layer your planting beds. Layering planting beds is a technique where you put your tallest plants in a back row, plant a middle row of average-sized plants, and have your shortest plants in the front. This allows all your plants to show off their beauty, since they won't be concealed.
Many professional landscapers encourage the use of annual plants as well perennials. If your landscape uses all perennial plants, you might have a blooming garden in May, and then nothing happening in June and early July. Annuals will help provide color for the landscape throughout the summer.
Hardscaping and Water Features
Hardscaping is another technique for creating appealing landscapes. Hardscaping items include things like fences, walls and patios. These items can provide some structure and a sense of completeness to your landscape. Water features are another way to provide a sense of permanence to a landscape. Small ponds or fountains can make a beautiful focal point for your yard, and can also provide you with some auditory stimulation such as the soothing sound of flowing water.