A well-decorated backyard can really enhance the beauty – and not to mention the value – of your home. Even a small yard can evoke a sense of elegance, richness, and luxury if it’s tastefully and carefully designed. The beginning of a new year is the best time to start planning for your next landscaping project. It provides you with enough time to find the right seeds, prepare the right tools and decide just how fashionable you want your new garden to be. Following trends is absolutely fine, but you should also strive for a timeless well-kept look.
You could have a beautiful garden, without having to go through too much trouble to maintain it. That’s why self-sustainable gardens are going to be a huge hit this year. That means choosing plants that are able to survive both dry summer and harsh winter. This arrangement isn’t only making lives easier for the homeowners, but it’s also an environmentally responsible thing to do because maintaining gardens wastes enormous amounts of water. Velvet smoke trees, Jules Verne Peonies, and Thornless Common Honeylocust all fit this description and add a lot of variety to the garden.
Everything tastes better when you grow it yourself. This approach won’t only make your garden look beautiful, but it gives it a sense of purpose. You can plant fruits and vegetables throughout the yard (if you do it strategically, the results can be as beautiful as with flowers) or you can dedicate just a portion to them. However, make sure that the area has enough sunlight during the day and that it isn’t too windy during the fall. It will require a bit more work, but the benefits of home grown vegetables are substantial.
Adding a swing brings a bit of a rustic charm to your yard. This doesn’t go well with every house design, though. For instance, if you have a modern looking home, a swing will only look out of place. However, if you have a more traditional home, swings would make a lovely choice. The preferable option is to place a swing beneath a pergola. A well kept, lush pergola filled with roses will make you feel like you are swinging on a bed of flowers.
Fire and water
Fire or water features can become a centerpiece of your yard. A simple and easy to build feature like a fire pit is a great attraction around which you can host parties or just a have a quite romantic evening next to the fire. The same goes for water fountains, which can be elaborate and glamorous if set up right. Just have in mind that both require special attention during the winter and that you have to make extra effort to separate the weeds from the rest of the garden and the fire/water related area.
The opposite way to go is to turn your yard into a place of indulgence and relaxation. This approach has become increasingly popular in the last few years, with more and more elaborate setups and designs. Add shade sail posts to your little retreat and fill it with comfortable chairs and hammocks. The rest is up to you – an outdoor kitchen, or at least a barbecue is always a popular choice and it doesn’t require too much work. You can also hide a few speakers, add a small bar and create a vacation-like mood right there, at your home.
Landscaping trends will vary from going back to basics to working diligently to make your yard a little piece of heaven. In both cases have in mind that half the fun of landscaping is in planning. If you enjoy that part the results will be satisfactory, as well.
February 21, 2017