Believe it or not, certain designs in landscape can be outdated (pink flamingos, anyone?); and some outdoor areas can look downright awful! But you won’t have to worry about being passé or unwitting about your yard if you employ elements of landscape design that are rudimentary and won’t ever go out of style.
1.) Be realistic. If you’re too busy to take care of your plants regularly, stick with perennials and other low-maintenance flora that require little watering once in the ground.
2.) Use vertical accents. An upwards focal point creates a new dimension and can play up architectural elements, such as columns.
3.) Light up! Lighting adds texture and mood to any garden.
4.) Speaking of texture, alternate coarse foliage (e.g. hostas) with fine foliage, like Hakone grass.
5.) Utilize additional architecture. Arbors, trellises and pergolas add visual interest. Use plants to frame, not hide, structures whether it’s your house or a gazebo.
6.) Make a point– a focal point! Plant a statement tree or large shrub as the center of attention.
7.) Contrast colors. That may be done through plants themselves or with brightly painted objects placed in the garden.
8.) Be whimsical! Keep your garden interesting by adding a decorative piece that stands out… or one that could be your little secret.
Phase One Landscapes will always make sure that your exterior designs are up-to-date and suit your needs.
Photo source: Better Homes & Gardens