Here’s the quick and simple plan I drew up for our front yard. The yard has a slight slope to it and faces north. It’s composed of around 150 native prairie plants, almost all drought tolerant. Probably around 60 percent of the plants are grasses, including sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula), little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) and prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis), which provide the bones and backdrop. Wildflowers include purple and pale purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea and E. pallida), black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta), white and purple prairie clover (Dalea candida and D. purpurea), sky blue aster (Symphyotrichum oolentangiensis), smooth aster (Symphyotrichum laeve), aromatic aster (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium), pasque flower (Pulsatilla patens), rough and meadow blazingstar (Liatris aspera and Liatris ligulistylis) and roundhead lespedeza
Two key aspects of the design:
- No plant should grow much taller than 3 feet. The hope here is that this will appeal to neighbors, keeping the garden from looking “messy” or overgrown.
- No plant taller than 2 feet is within 6 feet of the sidewalk. Again, the purpose here is to negate the idea of “weedy” by not overwhelming with taller plants near pedestrians.
As we have a homeowner’s association (HOA) starting up, we tried to think hard about future landscape bureaucracy. If we’re lucky, the many butterflies and birds that visit this new landscape will be our best ambassadors. (The current bylaws say nothing about what you can or can’t plant, but you should check your own HOA.)
Though your home is your castle, there is no necessity to surround it with a moat. Here are 5 tips that will help you to make your landscaping feel more warm, welcoming and cozy.
1. Put some flowers nearby your entrance. Flowers make any area look more welcoming and attractive, so greeting your guests with Petunia, Snapdragon, Lily-of-the-Nile or some other garden flowers is always a great thing to do. What is more, to add some space between your house and the entrance, you can consider adding a little white fence. It will create an illusion that your front yard is bigger than it actually is. What is more, adding fence will create a great space for planting flowers to add some color and coziness.
2. Add rambling vines to make your yard look absolutely lovely. You can not deny that rambling vines always create romantic and even magical atmosphere. So why not to use this tip while decorating your yard?
3. To hide the unattractive driveway, consider adding some color, texture, and height. You can easily do it by adding various sorts of flowers. To start, create an island of green lawn right in the hub of a drive. Then add a couple of low boxwood hedges with flowers toward the back of your island.
4. If you want your yard to blossom and flourish bust still do not have enough time to maintain it, consider planting low-fuss lilies. Such flowers look absolutely gorgeous and come in the variety of rainbow hues, so you can pick the one you love most. What is more, low-fuss lilies do not care about the sort of soil, they love the sun and welcome hot, they do not afraid of drought. In other words, Crinums is an ideal flower for all those who are looking for low-maintenance solutions.
5. The last tip also touches the low-maintenance aspect. To make your life easier, group plantings into beds and islands. This will help you to avoid mowing and trimming around each individual plant, save a lot of time and even money.