As you begin to plan your annual garden, you may feel overwhelmed with all the possible options. Getting the perfect look for a garden can take some effort and even a little creativity, but even small things can make a big impact on how your garden looks.
When you take the time looking at ideas for your garden, consider what you want your experience to be like? Are you aiming to boost your curb appeal? Are you creating a natural oasis escape? Do you want a space to relax in? If you aren’t quite sure where to start, perhaps consulting a garden and lawn care business will help kickstart your project.
No matter what aspects of a garden appeal to you, there are a few things you can do to make your garden look ten times better. If you aren’t quite sure where to start, keep reading for five awesome ideas to make your home’s garden look awesome.
1. Fabulous Flowers
A flower garden is one of the most obvious options for a garden. A lot of choices go into creating the perfect flower bed including deciding whether you want perennials or annuals. And then you can pick flower varieties based on color schemes. Perennials only need planting once and they should re-emerge for at least 2 years at approximately the same time.
Perennials may save you a lot of effort but can be a more expensive initial investment, depending on what catches your eyes. If you’re looking for hearty perennials to add a pop of green to your garden consider going with hostas. These well-known shade perennials can grow quite large to help you fill up your space among other plants and garden features.
Other popular perennials include Tulips and daffodils are two of the earliest spring flowers and always add a cheerful accent no matter what your landscaping situation may be. But if you like to change your mind and color scheme from year to year then annual flowers are definitely the way to go.
Petunias are one of the most popular annuals as well as chrysanthemums. with so many colors of flowers to choose from it might seem overwhelming but remember, your garden, your choice! If you love the flowers then who cares what anyone else may think?
Some garden plants and flowers are known to attract butterflies. If you have an appreciation for magical butterflies fluttering around your yard then why don’t you create a butterfly garden? Find out what variety of butterflies live in your geography and then look at what type of plants grow well in your specific zone.
Butterflies need plants that provide nectar and also plants that will feed the caterpillars. While some of the more exotic butterfly plants are lovely, you will want to plant varieties that will grow well so they last many years and you will have fluttering visitors often.
2. Produce Your Own Produce
If flowers really aren’t your jam, consider adding a vegetable garden instead of a flower bed. Even a few tomato plants can add some interest to your lawn and you can reap the benefits of nutritious vegetables grown steps away from your kitchen. As long as your garden gets sufficient sunlight you are already well on your way to fresh produce.
Tomatoes and peppers are among the easiest vegetables to grow on your own, you can even grow tomato plants in a pot in fact! Lettuce is also a great vegetable to grow yourself since pests leave it alone and it is resilient in extreme temperatures. Whatever you want to plant in your neat and tidy rows can be done with some planning and knowledge of your area.
A vegetable garden does take more effort than flowers or rocks since you will need to weed them carefully, keep them free of pests as well as keeping them watered properly. But having fresh produce is well worth the effort.
3. Include a Water Feature
If you’re looking for a way to make your garden a place for you to sit and relax, consider adding a water feature. The sound of running water has been shown to help relaxation, so a pond or fountain may be right for you. If you have small children you may want to consider the potential drowning hazard before you install a pond, but a well thought out water feature can be nice.
Because ponds can attract waterfowl, if you aren’t fond of these creatures, perhaps forgo the pond for a fountain. Adding lights to your water feature can create an enchanting evening ambiance and add visual interest to your home. Lights reflecting off of water will make your lawn sparkle and shine.
Adding in a built-in fountain can be the perfect finishing touch to your garden project. As long as you take into consideration the architectural style of your home when choosing your design and materials a fountain is an excellent way to add a touch of water to your garden and a place to relax at the end of the day.
4. Change Things Up
It can be difficult and annoying to mow a large slope in your yard. If you find yourself wondering what to do with a hill in your yard transform it into a garden. Not all garden varieties require weeding, so consider making the transition to a ground cover plant variety for visual interest and beauty.
For example, a popular ground cover option is some ivy. Ivy is a hearty plant that can thrive in many geographies. Because ivy will take root and grow across the whole slope, it can be an easy option to cover a sloped garden. It will add greenery and a little wildness to your yard that mowing and well-maintained gardens cannot provide.
If you seem to favor gardens that are more flowery and with smaller leaves then there are great options for your garden. This includes plants like creeping phlox, candytuft, or Canadian anemone. All of these various types will provide a beautiful ground cover for a slope that will also bloom with beautiful flowers to make your sloped yard look amazing. It will also save you so much time on mowing!
If you find that even these hearty ground covering options aren’t working, consider a rock garden for your slope. Once you convert an area to a rock garden you will find the low maintenance option to be a real benefit. Especially if your slope isn’t a great place to walk due to the steep incline, a rock garden can be the perfect solution.
5. Fanciful Fairies
One of the most whimsical and popular garden design elements today is a fairy garden. Adding a fairy garden is the perfect way to engage children into your gardening habits. Many adults have found fairy gardens to be a great deal of fun as well. Creating miniature scenes in your lawn to lure the mystical fairies to visit may seem frivolous yet they also have a tendency to spark joy.
Anyone can transform an old stump into a fairy’s dream home complete with a door and surround it with smaller flowers. But if you don’t have a stump, feel free to use what features in your garden already as you create a small home. There are even kits available for purchase to give you a head start in creativity.
Building a fairy garden from scratch is quite easy however, gather small rocks and plants and lay them out in a way that makes it seem as though it is furniture or simply, a tiny garden. While some folks like to only include things found in nature in their fairy gardens, others prefer to fill their garden with small furniture.
No matter where your imagination takes you, if you want your garden to be truly one of a kind, a fairy garden is an obvious addition to make. A fairy garden is a great way to make you smile and add interest to anyone’s landscape.
As your garden ideas begin to bloom, it can be difficult to hold yourself back, but starting small can be helpful unless you have a lot of time to dedicate to your garden’s makeover. Whether you dive all in, or slowly add a fairy garden or fountain over the years your garden is certain to look better once you’ve put some effort into it.