Finding ideas for landscaping should go beyond looking at attractive plants. Instead, focus on what's meaningful to you.
A home’s grounds reveal as much about its owner as the home itself. That means for many people, generating ideas for landscaping feels like a highly personal process.
Landscape design, after all, requires balancing aspirational and practical considerations, such as using landscaping tips to improve home security. Does sustainability matter to you? How much time can you devote to maintenance? Are you designing around a dog-friendly yard?
Browse these 10 landscaping ideas to find inspiration and solutions for your home.
1. Walk through a painting.
Make flower gardens and beds look like beautiful, cheerful works of art by choosing plants that burst with color. Popular ideas for landscaping flowers include tulips, daffodils, azaleas and other multicolored varieties. Their contrasts help each color pop.
2. Landscape with hardscape.
The versatility of hardscaping opens design possibilities functionally and aesthetically. The rocks here contribute several lawn ideas. They form a small retaining wall, function as landscape pavers and create a staircase linking the high and low portions of the yard.
3. Turn a pool into paradise.
Smart landscaping creates an escape, such as turning a swimming pool into backyard resort. Notice the plants around the perimeter are all green, creating the effect of a secluded jungle. They also push focus to other colorful elements, such as the pool lights and the red cushions in the Balinese pavilion.
4. Return to an important place.
Recreate the impression of somewhere significant, no matter if it’s a state park or another country. A Zen-inspired landscape refresh mixes elements such as Japanese maple trees and river stone. Consider the impact of structural pieces, too, such as statues, gates and small shelters.
5. Look to native plants.
Want sustainable ideas for landscaping? A xeriscape is a landscape designed to conserve water, often by using native plants or ones from similar climates. Plant selection played a major role in Suncrest Landscape of El Dorado Hills, California designing a drought-resistant landscape for this Sacramento home. So did the installation of a drip water system for efficient irrigation.
6. Fall in love with lines.
Clean, well-defined lines elevate the formality of home landscaping ideas. The walkway, beds, hedgerows and even the trees weave a beautiful, subtly complex arrangement of curved lines.
7. Watch it bubble.
A bubbling boulder creates a conversation piece. It merges the elegance of a fountain with the rustic charm of natural material. Artistic Landscapes of Portland, Oregon added this is as the crowning touch to a decorative dry creek bed lined with river rock and 18 boulders.
8. Build a pond.
A pond adds tranquility to your landscape. It also affords the opportunity for water features such as lily pads, waterfalls and fountains, as well as koi and other pond fish that flash brilliant color.
9. Put a park in the backyard.
A path and a destination, such as bench tucked into a shady spot, makes your landscaping a joy to explore. Drake’s 7 Dees Landscaping in Portland, Oregon built a path of basalt stone stairs through a client’s backyard, lit by LED landscape lights for evening strolls.
10. Be friends with artificial grass.
Growing and maintaining grass is sometimes difficult due to kids, pets, too much shade or too little space. In those cases, artificial grass frees you to focus on landscaping elsewhere, such as the planting beds and boxes around your home.
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