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Ultimate Guide To Outdoor Landscaping

Posted on Sep 18, 2013

Landscaping your property requires good planning and thorough research of the types of plants that grow well in your area of the country. You should also tap into your creative sense to make an attractive and practical setting for outdoor activities. Utilizing space, light and maintenance time are other factors you should consider in your landscape design.

Foundation Plantings

Generally, it’s a good idea to choose plants for the foundation of your home and work outward to other parts of the property. The design of your home exterior will have a bearing on the type of plants you choose for the foundation perimeter. Low, spreading evergreens can fill in areas and give year-round color to home exteriors. Tall evergreens should be used to break up long horizontal lines of the house. Shrubs that flower in spring and summer add charm and warmth to a home exterior, but these should be low-maintenance and not create a mess on sidewalks or beds. A mix of light greens and dark greens add depth and interest to the home exterior. Mix up smooth-leafed and rougher textures to create more visual interest.


Take the time to carefully research the different types of trees for your property. Not only must the tree be of a suitable species for growing in your region of the country, it must also serve a number of needs. If you need shade for a particular area around your home, the tree should have a wide canopy to shield the area from the sun. If you want low maintenance and a neat appearance, avoid trees that drop seeds or sap on walkways or patio areas. Consider the type of flowers the trees produces in spring and whether it will provide autumn color. Avoid varieties that have special problems with insects or diseases.


Attractive shrubs provide mid-level visual interest for the property. The wide variety of shrubs that are available can be confusing. Choose from evergreen or deciduous, flowering or non-flowering, large growth habit, small growth habit, compact or spreading. Keep in mind the size of the shrub when it matures. Many shrubs are preferred as cover for wildlife or a food source for birds.

Flower Beds

Put in flowerbeds to make your property more attractive and welcoming. A small bed near the front entry gives your home an inviting appearance. Flowerbeds around the patio can add delineation and a cheerful note for outdoor entertaining. Other beds scattered around the yard invite guests to stroll the grounds and enjoy the view. Choose species that bloom at different times throughout the growing season. Place taller species at the back with shorter varieties at the front of the bed.

Ensuring Privacy

Plantings in back yard can also provide privacy for parties, barbecuing and just relaxing. Hedges can help to mark off property lines to limit the activities of children and pets. Plantings at the front door can keep prying eyes from noting who goes in and out. Use plants along the sides of the house to provide more cover for windows that are close to property lines.

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