Think of your home garden as a project, not a chore. Project-based gardening is more fun than doing the same thing day in and day out. It’s also more productive over your lifetime and adds value to your property to boot!
So what are some ideas that you can start right away? Here are 10 landscape ideas to enhance your home garden:
1) Plant an Orchard
An orchard is a good idea for people who want to create a place that’s peaceful and green. You may plant many different types of fruit trees, such as apples, pears, and peaches. All of these trees grow well in most climates and will be attractive to the eyes as they fruit.
2) Adding Vegetables
The available vegetables are very widely varied. You can choose from warm-weather crops, cold-weather crops and everything in between. One idea is to plant a variety of potatoes because they grow well in most climates and their costs are low. Other options for adding vegetables is to take an area that’s not being used, such as the back side of your house, an unproductive garden or unused space on your porch, and turning it into a productive vegetable garden by planting lettuces and other greens near the front door. The bad news is that you’ll have to weed every day!
3) Raised Beds
Also known as a “raised garden” or a “hilled garden,” raised beds are a great option for people who don’t have a whole lot of land or want to avoid using chemicals on their yards. To build one, all you have to do is measure the sides and mark it out with stakes, then fill the bottom with rich organic compost.
Next, fill in the sides as needed and build up levels as your plants grow. In addition to being easier on the environment, raised beds can significantly reduce weeding time because you can till them from both sides. Raised beds also work well for those who live in colder climates because they help keep roots warmer and moister than an uncovered soil does.
4) Closing In Fields of Flowers or Perennials
You can plant flowers in a section of your yard to create a full-color display.
One idea is to plant a few simple flowers and grasses and then add compost and mulch for the soil. These plants will grow quickly, because they don’t require any weeding or watering. You can also use perennials that spread over time, such as petunias, ageratum, clover (not the weed), snapdragons and santolinas.
5) A Pergola or Gazebo for covered shade areas
A pergola or gazebo is a type of open-air, covered pavilion that spans two posts. They are typically made from wood, metal or concrete.
The typical use for a pergola is shade from the sun or rain and protection from wind in the summer months. Other uses include as a way to add value to your property, provide additional areas for dining and decorating, provide privacy, and create an aesthetically pleasing garden feature.
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If you have the space allowed by your property size in mind before you start building, then it can be done quickly and easily on most properties with little help! For example: if you’re designing your outdoor living area around an existing porch on grass, you might have enough space to build the pergola very close to the porch, pausing only at the steps. This way you can save some of your design time for architectural changes you may want in the future.
6) Adding Vegetables in Rock Gardens, Fence Panels, or Large Brick Settings
A rock garden is a low-maintenance way to add vegetables to your yard. You can plant herb gardens and other plants in mounds of stones, rocks, or brick. For example, an area with a lot of loose gravel like the top of your driveway might be perfect for planting herbs. Rock gardens also provide plenty of spots for sitting and relaxing while you take in the view.
7) Using Textures
You can create different kinds of textures by planting different plants with varying textures that compliment each other well. For example: there are long vines like climbing roses that will grow quickly on trellises so they’ll provide shade and look lovely all season long or you can plant large-leafed leaves like lavender and hosta that will fill up the space.
8) Using Containers
If you want to grow hearty salad greens in containers, this is a great way to do it. You can also spruce up your dried flowers by setting them in water bowls in your yard or on decorative planters filled with water.
8) Patios or Ponds
Patios are another way to enjoy your outdoor space. They work well with many types of gardens and can be easily incorporated into your design. Building a patio is not too difficult and doesn’t require a significant amount of material.
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There are two main types of patios you can build from scratch: a dry or semi-dry installation, which is appropriate for nearly any climate; and an “wet” installation, which involves embedding blocks in wet mortar for increased durability in colder climates.
A pond is also a good idea if you have the time and energy to take on such a project. Ponds don’t need much maintenance besides cleaning the leaves out every once in a while and adding fish once in a while.
9) Installing Border Plants
Border plants are great for designing gardens. They add color and beauty without taking away from your focus on the features of your other plants. Some good border plants to consider include ivy, variegated hosta, sedums, echinacea and heuchera.
10) Make Your Own Secret Garden
A secret garden is a pleasure garden with one or more formally planted ornamental features, the purpose of which is to provide privacy. A good example of this type of garden can be seen in Buckingham Palace’s gardens.
If you’re on a tight budget, you can always find ways to incorporate money saving strategies into your garden design. For example: instead of hiring a designer and paying for labor costs, you could save money by researching low-cost materials yourself. You could also get creative with what you already have at home or learn to do some things yourself. For example: instead of hiring an electrician, learn to install solar panel lights that don’t require electricity.
Determine the size of your home garden, and then figure out what you plan to grow. Let it inspire you when you look for landscape ideas. We hope these tips help inspire you to create a beautiful landscaped garden.