Already dreaming of spring? After being bundled up indoors this winter, you’re probably considering the projects you want to take on in the next gardening season. Now is the time to walk your property with a notebook, record your ideas and start a plan for your garden.
Borrow these design basics from the experts for a first-class landscape plan.
Landscape Design Basics from the Pros:
- Strike a balance. Look at your landscape and plan your garden from multiple points of view. Is one side decked out, while the other is empty? Does one side contain tall trees while the other has low-growing beds? Balance is a great starting point in popular design.
- Achieve form and function. A landscape should both look beautiful and include elements for you to enjoy. Consider how landscape features look, how they work for your lifestyle and how they contribute to the greater environment.
- Identify focal points. A focal point is a key feature in the landscape, and specific elements such as plants, paths or even grass, are used to guide the eye to this attraction. A focal point can be a water feature, a pergola or patio. Your landscape may include a single focal point, or several.
- Consider size. We’re talking proportion. Note the size of the larger structures on your property and select plants that complement these features. For example, a large tree complements a house, but would look out of place next to a modest water feature. Additionally, factor in the full size of a tree, shrub or plant when deciding on placement.
- Layer plantings. Think of bleacher seating. Place tall plants and trees in the back of your landscape bed, then work in mid-sized shrubs and flowers, followed by low-growing plants and groundcover.
- Use repetition. Sure, variety adds spice – but too much variety can also make a landscape look cluttered. Select a color theme and plant palette, and repeat those colors and plants throughout your landscape for a uniform look.
- Keep it simple. Consider how much time you have to prune and care for plant beds. Some landscapes and plants require more maintenance than others. Ask your The Home Depot Garden Center associate to help you choose the best options for your lifestyle.
Now that’s the best way to plan your garden!