Great Landscaping Ideas

Landscaping the home and garden ties the home together to create an inviting space. Adding plants, flowers and outdoor accessories helps to personalize the space and turn the landscape into a private oasis. To keep yourself organized, sketch a blueprint or outline to refer to as you work your way through the project.

Flower Borders

Accent a lawn, edge a garden path and create color to the landscape with a flower border. Flower garden borders filled with favorite flowers and plants can soften a garden wall and look attractive from any angle, in any style of garden and home. To create the flower border, use the natural curves of the landscape to create a meandering border. Curving borders are ideal and look dramatic and vibrant, more so than straight borders. Choose plants and flowers that thrive within your USDA hardiness zone to ensure a long-lasting border. Perennial flowers require only a one-time planting to come back year after year and are ideal to use throughout the landscape. Accent the perennials with annuals to add color and texture to the border.

Garden Path

Create a garden path to connect the garden to areas of the home like a front entrance, pergola or patio. Winding paths create an inviting entrance to the landscape. Flagstone makes an ideal stone for the path because of its flat surface and neutral, earth-toned colors that complement the garden. Make the garden path at least 2 to 3 feet wide. This allows enough room for a normal-sized strolling path and allows gardening equipment like wheelbarrows to easily maneuver through the garden. Alongside the flagstone path, install low-growing groundcovers like creeping thyme to trace between the stones and add a bright green, lush feel to the space.

Water Feature

Nestle a water fountain within a perennial garden or at the edge of a path or home entrance to act as a visual transition between areas of the landscape. Made in a wide variety of materials, including, stone, plastic and iron, water fountains add music to the landscape and create a relaxing feel to the space. The soothing sound of the water trickling over the feature turns the garden into a tranquil space. Container fountains are an ideal water feature to incorporate into the space because they don’t take up a lot of room and can be moved around the garden if needed. They come in a wide range of sizes and shapes to fit any style of garden and home.

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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 and Barber holds a Bachelors of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina.