Making your yard beautiful does not mean spending a lot of money. Here are some easy and inexpensive landscaping tips for beginners that you can use to create a stunning space in your own yard.
Starting a garden can be overwhelming. There is just so much information out there. Here is a great starting point to take the scary out of it.
Deciding how to plant a garden is really confusing. Read everything you can, ask questions, then do your own thing. The biggest thing to relate to is knowing your grow zone and getting the right plants. Your garden will evolve over time taking on its own personality.
Landscaping Tips for Beginners
Standard Design For Planting A Garden
There are some basic standards for designing a garden.
Overall the most established gardens will have a framework of shrubs, small trees, bushes and taller plants at the rear of flower borders. These will provide year-round color for the garden.
You also want to remember to include perennials and allow them to develop while using annuals for fillers. This creates a garden that is pleasing during all seasons, with a predominantly green or variegated effect throughout the year.
It is always a good idea to have a lot of evergreen plants or shrubs. Being sure that there is interesting winter bark colors. This will allow the winter garden to shine too.
You also need to pay attention to the heights, colors, structures, and leaf patterns to create an eye pleasing landscape. Of course, you will want to be sure that you have a good effect with flowering shrubs, trees, and perennials.
Always consider bees, butterflies and birds when planting. They are such an important part of our gardens. Be sure you include plants that will attract all the critters for a good eco-balance.
When you are planting, consider the layout and shape based on the structures and hardscaping near your garden. Some prefer a more traditional look with lines and rows. Other prefer a more natural flow. Know your style and go for it.
How to Add Color To Get the Look You Want
Many gardeners plant perennial flowers and annuals in clusters of colors to get a solid blocking look. When doing this you need to think about colors, tones, and shades within the garden.
If you are going for more of a 'cottage garden' look you can plant a variety of perennials and annuals in different sizes and colors These will gradually seed and spread making it look more natural. It is most important to determine the look and feel you want before you lay out the garden's color.
Remember even in gardens less is often more and then you can always add more as the years go on.
Whether you decide to go white, bright colors or more natural if coordinated it will look stunning. A selection of white flowering plants can be used to great effect as 'spot' planting. The brightness of the white flowers will contrast well with the greenery and also add a depth to the nighttime garden.
You can decide how much to plant but remember that the garden will grow over the years. I always suggest planting less and adding as you determine what you like and what you are able to care for. I find myself moving and/or splitting plants as the years go on. The size of the plant will change thus also creating a different look. As long as their root balls are not disturbed too much, and they are moved at optimum growing periods, they are likely to settle into new situations easily.
Play around with the look you want and have some fun with it.