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.
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.
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.
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.