How do you transform an ordinary yard into a neighborhood showpiece? It’s easier than you think. Even a simple design can look elegant with the right blend of design elements. Softscape elements include grass, trees, hedges and other plants. Hardscape elements include walkways, the driveway, fencing and rocks. Follow these steps to learn how to landscape your yard.
Sketch the design elements that you want. They might include a winding path, a rock garden, tall bushes in front of bedroom windows, flowerbeds or a raised bed vegetable garden near the kitchen door. Start at the front of the house and pick a focal point. The focal point might be a flowering tree or a large, round flower bed with a statue in the middle. (more…)
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If you are an avid or novice gardener, you are probably not looking forward to the dreary months when other gardeners lock their tools away and look forward to spring. You may be wondering what to plant in winter. Fortunately, there are plants that can survive and even thrive in seemingly inhospitable weather. Planting winter vegetables and flowers can provide food and brighten an otherwise dreary yard while providing an enjoyable project for the colder months. If you are wondering what to plant in winter, consider the following:
This rose-like flower blooms from the end of fall all the way through to the start of spring. The Camellia’s brilliantly-colored flowers and shiny evergreen leaves will stand out in your yard during the coldest part of the year. They will need lots of sun but should be sheltered from the wind. (more…)
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Having your own yard and open garden area is a wonderful thing- you can grow healthy organic fruits and vegetables, make the outside of your home look lovely with elegantly placed plants and flowers, and decorate to your heart’s content. If you lack natural landscaping and gardening savvy, though, having a yard can quickly turn your dream come true into a nightmare. If you are looking for a little bit of landscaping 101, here are some tips to help you get started.
1. Assess what you have to work with
Not all lawns are alike- that’s where the fun of designing your landscape comes in. However, if you only have 500 square feet to work with, you cannot map out a 100 acre pasture. You need to scrutinize the grounds you have to work with (including types of natural (more…)
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