You may think you know exactly what you want your landscape to look like but once you get started, you may find you’re in over your head. While hiring the pros to make your vision a reality is always an option, you may end up spending more than you planned. Take a look at these project ideas that will make you rethink your landscaping plans.
Having a low maintenance landscaping routine is the key to success, especially for the modern household. Most humans find it hard remembering to take their vitamins and keep themselves hydrated, which is why low maintenance is always a good idea.
The easiest way to achieve a low maintenance but beautiful landscape is to add plants that require little attention. Planting shrubs such as an Evergreen Azalea will provide lush colour in the spring and dark red foliage in the winter.
Shrubs can be stronger and more independent than annual flowers which need bi-daily care and must be replanted each year. Many shrubs can double as a hedge or as a singular attraction. Tip: Be careful when choosing hedges as some require frequent pruning.
Speak to a landscaping pro to find the right plants and shrubs for your garden that will require as little maintenance as possible.
Two in One
Adding pieces that have two functions is ideal in any situation. Try applying this concept to your landscape. Have too many mosquitoes in your outdoor spaces? Try adding repellent plants such as citronella grass, mint or lavender. These plants can triple as a beautiful addition to your yard, repelling mosquitoes and depending on your preference, a lovely fragrance. Furthermore, you can try to implement food growing shrubs that are stunning and provide delicious fruits!
Up Up and Away
Vertical landscaping has become an increasingly popular trend as people who live in dense cities do not have the luxury of a spacious yard. By growing upwards, you can maximize the minimal outdoor living you have by taking advantage of the structures you are surrounded with. Whether you have a balcony or a backyard, you can build up instead of out.
Try attaching hooks to your fence to build a planter wall or a few small wall plants on your balcony. Get creative with wires, shelving and hanging baskets to enhance your space. Add in trailing plants such as Ivy that will hang from above to elongate the foliage.
Make It Your Own
In any home improvement project, the most important part is to make the space your own. Get creative and try repurposing an old table by covering it in mini lush plants. Carve a space out of the wood or glue them to the top, creating a stunning centrepiece. Create a walkway in your yard by placing hedges like Boxwood along the sides. Use wood to create a sectioned off mini-vegetable garden to grow some of your favourites. Try creating a corner where you can have a reading chair surrounded by some coloured shrubs like golden euonymus. Always put your own touches in your area to ensure you make it your own.
Having an ideal vision of your landscape is a great way to start planning your project. As you get started, you may realize your plans are bigger than you had anticipated. Think about ways you can make your project easier by keeping it low maintenance, incorporating double-duty plants and growing vertically. This way you will have a beautiful landscape that doesn’t require a ton of time or money to maintain.