Landscaping your house is a big chore to some, it requires time to measure, visit the local nursery store and then start looking for the right plants. Hiring a professional landscaper is the right thing to do, however, here are some tips that could save you both time and money. Types of landscape design.
First, spend some time thinking about exactly how you want the final design to be. What type of landscape are you looking for and what about your budget? Do you want to include an area for entertaining? Is there to be an area for the kids and grandkids to play, maybe a pond or a swimming pool?
I personally like lots of greenery and color this means high maintenance and more water usage. Of course, this is my preference and everyone has their own landscaping ideas.
Types of landscape design for gardens
Visit a local nursery after you have a good idea of what you want. Make a list of plants you think would work. Get an idea of the plants you want to use. It is best to focus on the area where you will spend most of your time. That’s a good place to start.
It is a good idea to think twice before hiring a professional. An independent landscaper designer might cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars. But, you could get a lot of the information free by searching the internet or visiting a local nursery. If you have an awkward spot such as very steep ground, a pro might give you the expertise to save costly mistakes.
The style of your home must be taken into account. If you have a rural cottage, formal gardens surrounding it will look out-of-place. Think also about your lifestyle. Do you want to spend hours caring for many beds of annuals or pruning beds of roses? If so, go ahead and plant them, but if you’d rather spend your free time at the beach, then go for an easy-care garden and landscape.
Various landscape styles you can choose for your own garden
Formal. This style uses lots of straight lines and perfect geometrical shapes. An orderly arrangement of plants instead of random positioning is done. Close arrangement and lots of pruning can be seen on many landscaped gardens with this kind of garden.
Informal. This kind of landscaping works well with small cottages. Beds with curved edges instead of straight lines and random placement of plants suit this landscape style. Many homeowners prefer this type of garden. They will typically let things grow to their natural size. This means less maintenance and pruning.
English Garden. This style emphasizes the harmony between the house’s architecture and the garden. High water usage and maintenance are required.
Formal/Informal Garden. This style often comes with a brick walkway that exudes formality. This walkway leads to the rear with a circle of plants. The arrangement of plants resembles the English garden style but it has no formal borders.
Oriental. It is often the kind of garden found in small backyards. It uses rocks, evergreens, and water. A wide variety of plants will create several interesting angles with this style. This type of garden requires lots of maintenance and care plus water usage is high.
Cottage Garden. Is considered the old style gardens. Consider using magnolia trees, hydrangeas, roses, and lilacs. The flowering perennials we mentioned will fit well in this look. Herbs are also great in a Cottage garden sweet bay, rosemary, blueberries, and figs will match perfectly with this style of garden.
Mediterranean Landscape. Or garden style is high walls filled with tall Junipers or Italian Cypress trees. It often requires a water feature or running water pond. Hanging rosemary or other ground-covers flowing from the walls or in large containers. Lilacs around or near walls as formal hedges work great. Plants that bloom a spikey white, blue or purple bloom will add this style of garden.
Xeriscape Garden Will Work
Xeriscape. This type of landscape garden is for those who want minimal care and less water. Low watering plants are used. Many homeowners think “cactus and a brownish desert look”! But, it is actually smart-scape. Here is what Wikipedia has to say about this kind of low water garden.
Xeriscaping is landscaping and gardening that reduces or eliminates the need for supplemental water from irrigation. It is promoted in regions that do not have easily accessible, plentiful, or reliable supplies of fresh water, and is gaining acceptance in other areas as access to water becomes more limited…Read more here.
There are tons of low water plants to use in a Xeriscape garden. Verbenas, lantanas, salvia’s, Texas sage, gazania, and lilacs. Yes, lilac’s will do good in arid regions. For trees, Texas mountain laurels and Chinese pistache will give you privacy, shade, and color in spring.
There are desert plants that have color and greenery during the summer season. Here is a small list of what you could use. Drought Tolerant Plants.
In and around the Southwest Xeriscaping is the primary landscaping choice for many homeowners.
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