Garden Landscaping Ideas

Whether the landscape is small or large, there are many ways to bring in your personal touches to the garden. Adding bright and colorful plants and outdoor accessories creates a dramatic landscape presence. As a focal point to the home, landscapes that reflect the style of the home as well as the homeowner's personal preference helps to create a one-of-a-kind design.

Herb Garden

Create a scented herb garden within the garden landscape to create a lush and vibrant feel to the space. Grown in a wide range of types, each with its own distinct size, shape and aroma, herb gardens look attractive in any size landscape and will provide their delicious and distinct flavor to meals. To create the herb garden, choose a spot within the landscape that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight per day, the preferred environment for most popular herbs. To create a mixed herb bed, add taller herbs like parsley, fennel and dill in the back of the bed to create height and the backdrop for the herb garden. Medium-sized herbs like chives, basil and tarragon help to fill out the bed and create a full look to the garden. Low-growing herbs like creeping thyme, oregano and sage look attractive in the front of the bed to fill out the low spots and creep throughout the landscape.

Perennial Bed

Nothing brings more permanence to a garden than a perennial bed. Perennials are long-lasting varieties of flowers and plants that, once planted, grow back year after year fuller and taller than before. Grown in a wide range of colors and sizes, they bring in color and texture to the garden landscape. For a hardy and low-maintenance perennial bed, plant drought- and heat-tolerant flowers like black-eyed Susan, coreopsis and lantana. Each has the ability to withstand periods of drought and is ideal for arid climates. These flowers bring in their masses of colorful blooms that light up the garden. Ground covers like evergreen candytuft have the ability to retain their foliage all year long, including winter, to keep the bed with color. Their clusters of white, spring-blooming flowers help to fill in low areas of the perennial bed.

Garden Path

Connect areas of the garden together with a garden path. Garden paths look attractive snaking through flower, herb and vegetable gardens, as well as leading to and from main areas of the home like a front entrance and side-yard patio. Made from a wide range of materials including slate, flagstone, pebbles, crushed granite and gravel, garden paths create a focal point to the garden to draw your eye into the space. To create a normal-sized walking path, make sure the path is wide enough, at least 2 to 3 feet, to accommodate gardening equipment like wheelbarrows and lawnmowers. Gravel is an ideal stone to use because it easily conforms to fit any size landscape. The muted colors also do an excellent job of not overwhelming the space and, when the path needs a quick update, a fresh layer of stone is all it takes.

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About this Author

Callie Barber has been writing professionally since 2002. Barber's love for design and writing inspired her to create Design Your Revolution, a blog that shares creative and affordable ways to decorate indoor and outdoor living environments. Her articles have appeared on Travels.com and GardenGuides.com. Barber holds a Bachelors of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina.