by Martin Beek
Take advantage of these free landscaping tips and design ideas to assist you in creating an attractive landscape for all of the year.
Layer your plants according to size
Home garden landscapes are predominately concerned with harmony, including the plants you choose. If you “layer” the plantings in around three or four rows, with the tallest plants in the row furthest from the border and descending in size from there, you will achieve that harmony as each plant is visible.
Using Evergreens with Deciduous Plants
Deciduous plants are fantastic in terms of their color display, but if you want year round interest, the evergreens are your choice. If you have both deciduous and evergreens interspersed in your garden you will have the best of both worlds.
Use Annuals with Perennials
Another way of ensuring that you have color and interest in your garden throughout the year is to mix annuals with perennials. When the perennials have ceased flowering for a time, the annuals will provide a stop gap of color.
Use objects other than plants
A garden that only has plants is a garden that is incomplete. Fences, walls, decks, paths, waterfalls and sculptures are just a few of the objects you can incorporate into your landscaping to give the design added depth.
Install ponds and waterfalls
Water courses such as waterfalls or still ponds can add peace and serenity to your design. The sound of running water is extremely soothing and relaxing, so if you can you should include this feature. An added touch is some aquatic plants and animals to complete the picture.
Make use of Gravels
When you use gravel and pebbles, especially in pathways or certain garden beds, you add to the natural feel of the garden. These can be purchased in many shapes, sizes and colors and are relatively inexpensive.
Use Organic as well as Inorganic Mulch
Mulch is a must for any big or small garden that includes a fountain or some mini-ponds(which should be every garden!). As well as saving this precious resource, mulch assists in weed suppression and reduces soil erosion. For the best results, use both organic (that which decomposes) and inorganic (such as pebbles).