How to Landscape Home Gardens


Landscaping your home garden is an open-ended project, and an opportunity for continual exploration. As you grow as a gardener and as your tastes in plants and layout changes, your garden can serve as a means of self-expression, allowing you to create a completely different look and feel for your home garden year after year.

Step 1

Divide your garden into smaller spaces. The University of Texas recommends creating sections such as the patio, the water garden, the herb garden and the perennial border. Sketch each section out on paper, then mark the sections off on your property using stakes, rope or garden hoses.

Step 2

Make any needed modifications to the physical landscape. For example, if you are planning a ground-level patio, flatten an area of ground by removing dirt. Use this dirt to build up elevated borders or to fill in any ruts in your property.

Step 3

Divide your garden into section with landscape plants and features. Use arbors, shrubs, fruit trees, large landscape rocks, fountains and other features to mark off boundaries between the different sections of your garden.

Step 4

Add secondary landscaping features such as brick paths, patios, garden gnomes, wind chimes and other decorative touches to your garden.

Step 5

Plant an array of plants adapted to your climate zone in your garden. Stagger blooming time or employ perennials wherever possible to ensure that every area of your garden has something going on year-round.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Stakes
  • Rope
  • Garden hoses
  • Shovel
  • Arbors
  • Shrubs
  • Fruit trees
  • Rocks
  • Fountains
  • Bricks
  • Stones
  • Garden gnomes
  • Wind chimes
  • Plants
  • Assorted gardening implements


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