Basic Landscape Design Tips


by Darrin Marion March 19, 2020

Following basic landscape design tips can make your home the envy of all of your neighbors. But before you get out in the yard with your brand new Radius gardening tool set. Remember, not everyone has a green thumb, so it can be difficult to get started. You want to make certain to use some basic landscaping tips to ensure you have the best looking landscape design possible.

What is Landscape Design?

Landscape design is skill that combines nature and culture. Landscape design bridges the space between landscape architecture and traditional garden design. Landscape design principles follow many different parts. Here are a few basic landscape design tips with your yard and landscape design.  

Tip 1: Walkways to Bring Everything Together

If your lawn has small islands of landscaping or hardscapes, it can seem disjointed. A basic landscape design tip brings everything together with small walkways made with pavers. You can add a few simple stepping stones or an ornate design of natural stones and brick pavers.

Installing a walkway will save you time and money spent on over-landscaping to fill the space. When you’re ready to add more to your landscaping, you can shorten and rearrange the walkways to accommodate.

Tip 2: Plant Variety Works in Design

A single type of plant is easy to manage, but it’s less versatile. Start exploring a diverse variety of the benefits of perennials in landscape design. Here is a basic design tip. Choose a base of evergreens and boxwoods that are both easy to shape and care for in the long term.

Create height with river birch or witch hazel trees, and add color with annual flowers and geraniums. You can then blend perennials like zinnia, hibiscus, and ornamental grasses to ensure something new is always blooming in your landscape. This plant diversity will also give you plenty of texture, color, and height contrast that will add character to your garden.

Tip 3: Plan for Future Landscape Design

Gardens can quickly become overcrowded from the start. Remember, shrubs will get bigger, trees will expand, and that the soil gradients may change. Add retaining walls to grades prone to erosion and speak with landscape design professionals about the size changes in maturing plants. Keep future decks, stonework, and patios in mind. Yard and landscape design is an ongoing, interactive art form, so don’t limit future possibilities.

 




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