How to Landscape a Home


Landscaping your home can add value to your property while creating a beautiful design. Plant brightly colored flowers in pots and containers and use them to spruce up a front porch or path. Plant edible flowers like herbs and vegetables to use in your favorite recipes. Installing a pathway through your landscape can create the perfect spot to meander down on a nice evening.

Step 1

Sketch out a blueprint to refer to as you begin your landscape project. Keep in mind the amount of sun and shade each spot receives to make sure the plants will thrive. Make a list of all plants and flowers you'll need to buy.

Step 2

Plant colorful perennials for a long-lasting garden and for minimal upkeep. Use large shrubs along a fence or on the side of your house where you have a large open space that needs greenery. Cluster them together to form a hedge row or plant them individually for a focal point in your yard. Prune the tree to create a unique design around your home.

Step 3

Plant annuals in containers that you can change out each season. Place the containers along your front steps or nestle them in your flower garden for added color and design.

Step 4

Edge your driveway, mailbox and flower beds with cedar mulch. The dark brown mulch will contrast nicely with your flowers while keeping weeds down. Scatter a 2- to 3-inch layer down to help the plants retain moisture and to create a garden border. Lay the mulch so it follows the natural curvature of the land and draws your eye into the garden and landscape.

Step 5

Add a garden pergola to your landscape for an interesting addition to your home. Use the pergola to grow grapevines or sweet smelling jasmine. Add a patio set under the pergola to use for evening meals or entertaining friends.

Things You'll Need

  • Flowers
  • Plants
  • Shrubs
  • Containers
  • Mulch
  • Pergola
  • Creeping plants


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