One thing that can make or break the exterior of a home is the landscaping. Although a home with a few trees and a nice green lawn in front looks fine, there’s a lot to be said for a house that has an immaculate front yard landscape design.
If you aren’t a designer and you can’t afford a professional gardener, there is still a lot you can do on your own to make your front yard come to life.
A great place to begin looking for ideas is near your own backyard. Actually, the yards of your neighbours can give you some great hints of what looks good in a front yard.
Obviously, you don’t want to replicate it completely although imitation is said to be a form of flattery. Seeing what kinds of trees complement certain bushes, helps to give you some insight into what works well together.
If you inspire to surpass the design of any of your neighbours, you may need to look beyond their yards and at some professional ideas. Many magazines and websites have color images of beautiful landscape designs. Depending on the climate that you live in you will most likely be able to incorporate some of the ideas into your own landscape.
Another way to get a sense of which plants thrive in your area is a visit to the local gardening store. Here you’ll not only find all types of plants, flowering bushes and shrubs, but you’ll also be able to talk to individuals who are experienced in landscaping.
Many of the people who work at gardening stores have knowledge about landscape designs. They can offer suggestions as to what plants would work well together to create the look that you desire.
It may seem that you’ll need to spend a lot of money to spruce up the exterior of your home. This need not be the case as you can still create a beautiful landscape on a budget.
The key is finding plants, shrubs and trees that are affordable and then using them to their full advantage. A good example is purchasing some flowering trees that will bloom each spring.
You can buy these when they are seedlings, which cost much less than a mature tree does. Each year it will fill out more, eventually creating a wonderful shady corner to the yard.
Always bear in mind that any project like this should be viewed as a work in progress. You can add a new element to your landscape design each season. This helps to spread the cost over time and allows you the chance to enjoy gardening as a hobby.