Owning a home not only means that you get to decorate the inside of your house, but you have free rein to work your magic outside on the landscaping as well! And you may not be the best with larger projects, which you can always get a professional to do, but some of the smaller or more intricate work could be fun for you and your family to take on.
So, five specific additions that you can add to your landscaping possibilities include planting bright flowering shrubs, putting in a gazebo of some sort, adding outdoor lighting, only putting in what you can trip and maintain, and thinking seasonally.
Plant Bright Flowering Shrubs
The highlights of many home landscapes are going to be bright flowering shrubs that all of the rest of the outdoor work can point to. When you think of beautiful gardens you’ve seen in the past, how many times was there a central object that was the focus of the rest of layout? One amazing, memorable focal point is often all your need to bring a landscaping plan together, and that is what that one bright shrub or tree can do for you!
Put In a Gazebo
Building a gazebo is a great way to add both form and function to your landscape layout. There are tons of DIY gazebo plans that you can follow, or you can hire a professional in order to get it done quickly and to spec. Once the gazebo or patio area is complete, then you can start to add in more landscaping elements around its permanent structure.
Add Outdoor Lighting
Outdoor lighting is a fantastic way to highlight what’s already present in your landscape, but to be able to do it in night conditions as well. Also, you can use outdoor lighting to do things like illuminate porches and front sidewalks as a safety issue. Outdoor spotlights are often used to highlight things like flags as well, which lends itself to good design principles.
Only Put In What You Can Trim and Maintain
One thing to pay attention to as well when it comes to your home landscaping is that sometimes to spruce up, you have to pare things down! In other words, if you only have landscape items up that you can always maintain, it will look much better than if you have areas that are overgrown or unsightly because of too much complexity and clutter.
And remember, your landscaping is going to be visible all year long, which means that seasons will have different consequences for growth, flowering, gaining and losing leaves, etc. So don’t plant and arrange in a way that only looks good in summer and spring, but terrible in the fall and winter.