First Things First.
Get a plan together- assess your existing landscape and determine its strengths and weaknesses; Evaluate problem areas- too much/too little sun, unsightly views, wet or marshy areas, etc; Determine how much time you would like to spend maintaining the yard and garden. Don’t take a trip to your local garden center before you have some general plan for landscape design…you will likely feel overwhelmed by the selection and you’ll choose plants that won’t fit the space.
Choose a color scheme.
Select your plants.
- When choosing plants, you must consider their location. For instance, if your front yard receives full sun from 12:00 pm to sunset (like mine does), you will need to select plants that will thrive under these conditions.
- Obviously, your color scheme will also come into play. Once you’ve chosen your colors, make sure they are used throughout your landscape so as to keep things cohesive.
- Keep it simple and take your time! Start with some slow-growing foundation trees and bushes and, over time, add color and texture to match your style. This is especially important if you are on a tight budget!
- Create layers by putting taller plants in the back and place smaller plants in front, in order of height.