Landscape Planning Ideas

Create an inviting and beautiful landscape and garden area with a few simple items. Plant a sweet smelling herb garden full of your favorite herbs and flowers. For a dramatic focal point in your outdoor landscape, install a trellis. This outdoor structure can be used for dining under with friends and family and as a backdrop for planting your favorite creeping vines.

Fire Pit

Nestle a fire pit on your lawn or garden area and surround it with adirondack chairs for a relaxing spot to enjoy with family and friends. Design and build your own fire pit with slate. Clear out an area in your landscape and lay the slate in a circular pattern. You won't need adhesive because over time the stones will settle into the ground for a snug fit. In the fall months, enjoy your yard by sitting around the fire pit with a warm cup of cocoa.


Enhance your landscape by installing a trellis. A trellis can provide privacy and become an area place container full of your favorite herbs and flowers. Install a wood trellis in your yard for growing creeping vines like jasmine and moonflowers. Plant the creeping vine in an oversized planter and place at the base of the trellis. Train the vine to grow up over the trellis, creating a lush and green wall. Another idea is to use outdoor fabric to cover the trellis such as mosquito netting. Garden gates can also be used as a makeshift trellis. Use colorful vines to cover the gate in your landscape. For attached gates, plant colorful bushes and flowers on either side of the gate for an inviting entry. If you own an old gate that can be moved around the lawn or garden, use it in your landscape as a wall for growing flowers while creating an attractive backdrop to your garden.

Herb Garden

Create an herb garden for a beautiful landscape addition. Plant dill and curly parsley in the back of the herb bed to add color as well as height. Use medium to small sized herbs like golden sage, oregano and thyme scattered in the middle and front areas of the bed. Herbs thrive in full sun and need to be watered frequently for a properly established roots. Sprinkle a layer of mulch around the garden bed, especially in the hot summer months, to help retain water.

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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.