Not many people can afford a huge landscaped garden surrounding a manor house, with lakes and wildlife parks, all designed by Capability Brown. Indeed this is for the very few, perhaps only royalty or the landed gentry. But this does not mean you cannot incorporate some of the great landscaping ideas into your own green space.
In this blog we look at some great landscaping ideas that will add variety and color to your very own garden, most of these ideas will not cost a fortune. Just a little investment of your own time and some serious effort can transform your garden into something unique that your neighbors will envy.
Greet Your Guests with Flowers
Flowers at the front of your house add not just color but a huge welcome to any visitors. Adorn your entrance, path and front door will assorted perennials and annuals and it will keep color surrounding your house twelve months a year. Plants that are great for this are Snapdragon, Lily-of-the-Nile, Roses and Petunia. And don’t forget your door frame with various colorful hanging baskets. If there is not a long path between your front door and the street, then the construction of a small wooden fence will give an optical illusion that your front door is further away than it really is, it also gives an extra place to position even more flowers.
Plant Rambling Vines
Rambling vines are a great way to liven up and brighten a yard or the front of your property. There is something quite classic about a property that has green tendrils winding around door frames, windows, fences and so forth. Especially if the vines are of the flowering variety. One great vine for this is Clematis; with its bold blues and purples or even pink or red, Clematis is ideal to make your house awash with color. Start growing the vines on a trellis or fence, then let them find their own path around features of your house.
Do Not Ignore Your Driveway
It does not matter how large or small your driveway is or even how ugly it is, by putting some thought into design and choosing the right plants it is easy to hide an unattractive drive. A good way to start is by making a slightly raised island in the center of the drive. Then perhaps put a hedge at the back of the island with assorted flowers such as perennials, roses and annuals rising above the top of the hedge. Mix the colors and types of flowers so you have different textures, colors and heights.
Don’t forget Lilies
Crinums look like Lilies but are much hardier plants than the latter, they hardly need fertilizer, enjoy hot weather and can survive droughts. There are over a hundred and eighty species of this perennial that are almost indestructible.
Crinums are high impact flowers and extremely low maintenance, they are also very fragrant so will add their scent to your home. The biggest plus of these hardy flowers is the variety of colors they come in, so your yard will be awash of color for most of the year. In part two we will be dispensing even more great landscaping tips.