Landscaping can be as easy as planting a new tree in your yard or laying down grass seeds after a long winter. However, modern landscape design goes far beyond the standard green lawn. If you’re looking to get a little creative with your outdoor area this spring, take a look at these five landscape design trends, and start making your green spaces simply gorgeous.
Gardens that require little maintenance yet still look beautiful are all the rage this spring. Jules Verne Peony, Ribbon Grass, and Elijah Blue Fescue are some of the many low maintenance plants you might want to consider for your yard, and they each add a pop of color. Succulents, such as cacti, are also optimal for gardeners who want to do little upkeep and reduce water usage.
Keeping it compact is one of the hottest trends in gardening this season. Rather than having a sprawling yard full of eye-catching plants, try keeping a handful in a container. Set up a window planter or use a few grounded pots for spring bloomers. Not only are they easy to maintain, but they also have a neat, polished look.
Do you know which plants are native to your area? There’s a good chance that several invasive plant species have made their way into your region over the course of history. For this reason, some of your community’s native plants may have been taken over. Bring them back into the spotlight by planting them in your own yard. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center website can give you information on the plants that are native to your area.
Make it edible
Edible gardens are sprouting up everywhere, and you can adopt the trend in your own yard. It’s not uncommon to find a blueberry bush or a pear tree in a small residential yard, and the end-products are delicious. Of course, keep in mind that edible plants may require more maintenance, especially if you have wildlife nearby that frequently hunt for snacks.
Blending indoor and outdoor spaces
People want to come home to a relaxing outdoor space where they can unwind after a long day. As a result, more gardens are being transformed into spaces that cater to the comforts usually found indoors. Cozy patio furniture and fire pits are becoming as much a part of the garden as flowers and shrubs. As you look for plants to integrate into your yard, don’t forget about little areas where you can sit down and seek solitude.
Even if you don’t have a green thumb, you can take advantage of some of these trends to show that you’re “in the know” when it comes to landscaping. Soon, your neighbors will be asking you how you made the transformation.
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