How to Landscape Your Yard?

March 30, 2022
How To Landscape Your Yard

BHG: There are so many styles of landscaping - contemporary, traditional, cottage, to name a few. If you're learning how to landscape and want to pick your style, are there any common elements?

Carloftis: Yes. If you step back and look at the yards that appeal to you, they likely have a good mix of all the various plant types: evergreen and deciduous trees, perennials, annuals, vines, and shrubs with four-season interest. You don't want your house to look bare in the winter, but you'll also notice that the old rules on how to landscape - only green out front and no flowers - are out. Nowadays you can do whatever you want.

BHG: That might be what is overwhelming: You can do whatever you want. How should gardeners break down their outside spaces when they are figuring out how to landscape?

Carloftis: There are a couple of things to remember when starting to landscape. First, you need to create a focal point; everything else will work around it. Trees are a good place to start. Go to a nursery and look at specimen trees. You can create a focal point with shrubbery, too. At the same time, consider your neighbors and focus your efforts on your front yard. You don't want to be the one house that brings down the look of the neighborhood.

BHG: After a homeowner has created a focal point, what comes next on the landscape list?

Carloftis: Make sure your landscape helps to create an entrance to your home. That's where guests first look and it's a common courtesy to highlight it. That may mean shrubs or simple foundation plantings, which got their name in the 1950s when they were used to hide ugly concrete-block foundations. I like to line a walkway to create a tunnel that visually feels like you are going somewhere and gives direction. It's really pleasing.

BHG: You mentioned that well-done yards are a good mix of all types of plants, but a lot of people get intimidated by combining color. What's a solution for them on how to landscape?

Carloftis: You can keep it really simple by just using shades of green. That always looks good, elegant, and tasteful. You don't have to get too fancy. And there are simple ways to add color, too. Irises are great for color and texture, and anyone can grow easy-to-care-for Knock Out roses, which turn into shrubs.

BHG: What typically is the difference between front and back landscapes?

Carloftis: The front landscape is usually about working off the architecture of the house and generally should be finished first. But once you get to the back, it's a more personal space. Think of it as a room or series of rooms - it's where you entertain, raise your children, grill out. So break it down if it's big and think about that one little patio. Create some plantings around it. Then once you master that area, move onto different areas and treat everything else as a room or rooms.

BHG: If you just can't - for time or money reasons - dive into big landscaping projects, what's a relatively fuss-free way to add color and visual interest?

Carloftis: Containers. They are multifunctional and really easy. Put one on the side of your door, along the driveway, even where you get out of the car.

BHG: What if you just feel like you don't have time - or interest - to learn how to landscape?

Carloftis: I always tell people that it's OK to live for a little while in your house and figure out how you want to use it. And as with everything, start out small. If you're not into gardening and don't like it, you might want to hire someone to do it. You'll be happier, and you may save money by not making costly mistakes.


Landscaping Tips

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.

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