Today, Art of the Yard in Denver has a few landscaping design tips to get you started in the right direction. Whether you are an experienced gardener or new to landscape design, these pointers are useful to keep in mind and will lead to much better results for your new landscaping.
The first of our landscaping design tips is to consider the microclimate of your yard, which is based on specific sun and shade exposure. You can find out what your area is labeled with the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map, but your yard may have a different behavior than even your neighbor next door.
Plants sold in stores will have a designation of Full Sun, Partial Shade, Shade, and Deep Shade. Before you run out and buy a bunch of plants that you love, check out your space, learn the habits of the sun and shade, then determine what type of plants may work. Plants that are not suited to an environment will die rather quickly which is discouraging but easily avoided.
Check out the topography of your outdoor areas. Learn how the water drains around it. It is best that it flows away from home.
As you consider plans for your yard landscaping, think about who will be using it, children, pets, neighbors, or elderly parents. If you plan on entertaining, what hardscapes, shade structures, or walkways will add flow to the design?
It’s a good idea to start off with a number in your head, so that as the project goes along, you can curtail it to your budget constraints.
Don’t forget to consider what maintenance demands your new landscaping will require. Do you plan to do it all yourself or will you hire a professional service? Plan your landscape maintenance budget.
Choosing a theme for your landscaping helps in a number of ways. It offers a unifying element, bringing it all together. A theme can guide the plant and materials selection, decorations, and hardscapes. You can even choose specific colors to use as well as shapes, forms, lines, architecture style. Do you prefer geometric shapes or freeform, soft natural lines? Repeating shapes suggests unity.
Think of your landscaping as an extension of your home, like another room of the house. Link up and connect the “rooms” of your landscaping. Plan out movement from one spot to another.
The plants you choose can be used in a number of ways including as barriers, physical, visual, and implied, insulating outside noises, low and high barriers, and blocking access but not the view. They affect the temperature, lighting, wind and sounds around the home.
Consider the type of plants you want including fruits and vegetables, herbs and aromatic flowering plants. Highlight areas with unique plants, ornamentals, features such as birdhouses, water features, ponds, fountains, which also help to insulate outside noises. Contrast shapes, sizes, textures, and colors to capture attention. Enjoy designing landscape details.
We hope these landscaping design tips are going to help you have a great deal of fun with your upcoming landscaping projects. Art of the Yard is here to make your experience landscaping an enjoyable one with results that you will enjoy for many years to come.