Landscaping Ideas for a Home Garden

Few home improvement projects offer greater rewards than landscaping. A home garden can not only enhance the appearance and value of your property, but also offer you much pleasure and enjoyment. Creating a landscape design is similar to decorating the interior of your home. Just as each room in your home should have a focal point, so should your garden. There are several ways to do that.

Water Features

Water features make excellent focal points in your garden. Consider installing a pond, fountain or birdbath. Not only do water features provide water for birds and other wildlife, they also offer a peaceful and soothing element to your garden. A pond is easily installed by DIYers using a PVC liner or a preformed fiberglass liner. Water fountains come in many styles and finishes to complement the style of your home, and run on either electricity or solar power. A birdbath is the simplest water feature you can add to your garden, and you will be delighted by the variety of birds it will attract.

Colorful Plants and Flowers

Colorful plants and flowers can help turn any area of your yard into a focal point. A large grouping or mass planting of flowers will immediately catch your eye and draw your interest, especially if it is anchored by a permanent garden structure such as a sculpture, bench or arbor. Evergreen hedges add permanent color to your garden and are a wonderful framework for your flowers. Small ornamental trees such as magnolia, dogwood and crabapple make stunning focal points when in bloom, and can remain focal points throughout the warm months by planting flowers around their base.

Outdoor Living Room

Creating an outdoor living room with a patio or deck will not only increase the living area of your home, it will also add a a dramatic focal point to your landscape. Choose flooring material that complements the style of your home. Wood is more casual and naturalistic, while brick and stone are more formal. Planters with flowers, dwarf shrubs and small trees can be added to your outdoor room for color and warmth. A gazebo is also an attractive and functional focal point to any landscape. It instantly draws the eye with its color and size. If none of these options are within your budget, a simple hammock placed in a shady area and surrounded by flowering shrubs and plants can create a focal point that invites relaxation.

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About this Author

Fran Whitman began writing professionally in 2009. She is a certified interior decorator and specializes in writing interior design articles for eHow. Whitman is also an avid gardener and enjoys writing gardening articles for Garden Guides. She holds a Master of Arts in English from Seton Hall University.