A nice garden makes the difference between a nice house and a beautiful one. To really take it up a level and make all your neighbors jealous, try one of these five ways to jazz up your garden.
While color is undoubtedly one of the essential features of a perfect garden, a perfectly manicured garden isn’t. For a more whimsical approach to your outdoor space, consider planting wildflower seeds. Not only are wildflower gardens low maintenance, but they also provide ample food for the bees.
Some people express concern about their wildflower garden becoming too invasive. While they self-sow quite easily, simply cutting them down to six inches in height at the end of each season will prevent perennials from taking over and keep your garden from getting out of control.
Build a pond
There’s nothing quite like a beautiful, glassy pond to instill feelings of calm and relaxation. With a miniature pond in your backyard, you’ll feel like you’re in an oasis. Whether you’re a total DIY-er with plans to build your own, or need a little help from professionals, there’s a pond construction plan and method out there that’s right for your backyard.
Something to keep in mind before installing a pond is your lifestyle. If you spend a lot of time away from home, a pond might not be the best choice for you. Ponds require regular maintenance to make sure they don’t get contaminated with debris. Unless you have the means to hire someone to do this for you, you should expect to spend lots of time on repairs and maintenance.
While an aesthetically-pleasing garden is a top priority, why not make it functional as well? Fruit-bearing shrubs and trees, nut-producing trees, and herb and vegetable gardens will save you money at the grocery store while also providing you with fresher food. Fruit trees often come grafted so that they don’t reach huge heights, making them a great option for small backyards. Many also produce beautiful blossoms in the spring.
Some of the easiest fruit bushes to grow include raspberries and blueberries. You won’t believe how much money you’ll save on these delicious berries!
Change the landscaping
While the traditional lawn and border garden design is a classic for a reason, consider taking it a step further by adding some interest to your landscaping. Replace some of that boring grass with stonework and pathways. Not only is this visually-stimulating, but it’ll also cut down the time you spend on maintenance.
Another way to add visual interest is to create gradation in your yard. Different levels with steps between each mimic the natural landscape and will make you feel more connected to nature.
Add some structures
To easily make a big impact, add structures such as pergolas, gazebos, and bridges to your garden. If you have a water feature in your yard, bridges are an excellent addition. Pergolas and gazebos provide the perfect place to host guests on warm summer nights and create ample shade from the scorching sun on blistering afternoons.
Pergolas can also function as trellises for your climbing plants. Hang some lights on them while you’re at it, or add some hanging baskets. The possibilities are only constrained by your creativity.