Home landscaping can be anything from hiding unsightly outdoor structures to planting flowers and shrubs and can help to make your home appealing and welcoming. Use your imagination to make your outdoor space one where you will want to spend time or get inspired by these suggestions:
Snapdragons, petunias and other annuals and perennials planted around the front of your home instantly makes it more welcoming. And a low white fence completes the picture, and can also trick the eye into thinking there is more space between your front door and the street if that space is narrow.
Clematis or other rambling vines add a touch of romance and elegance, as well as vibrant colors of purple, blue, red or pink.
If your driveway isn’t especially attractive, try brightening it up by adding a raised island lawn in the center, along with flowers planted above a low boxwood hedge at the rear of the island.
No Fuss Lilies
If you are looking for a hardy and virtually indestructible plant, look no further than crinums. These lily-like plants love the sun, come in a variety of bright colors and you can plant them in just about any type of soil.
Try to choose flowers that won’t appeal to deer, if four-legged creatures damaging your plants is a problem in your area. Purple cornflower, globe thistle, and butterfly weed all need to be in the well-drained soil, but they will help keep deer out of your garden.
Add some visual interest with hanging baskets or elevated planters. Not only do these create a more three-dimensional effect, but they also provide excellent aeration and drainage.
An easy way to add some color and create a high visual impact is by planting blooming shrubs. For ultimate curb appeal, try Chinese snowball, although there are many others to choose from.
Hide Outdoor Structures
Shelving, potted ferns or shrubs and hanging baskets are great ways to hide those unwanted elements of your yard, including the garage, shed or other outdoor buildings.
Wandering streams, trails, a well-placed bench, fountain or statue, a sudden view or a hidden room in your yard can all create an element of surprise and give your yard that wow factor.
Gardening in the South means you get to enjoy color all year round – make a point of plating flowers and shrubs that look great even in the winter.