Now, more than ever, people are making good use out of their outdoor areas. Having a great outdoor area that’s both beautiful and functional can serve as an oasis just steps away from your home. These spaces are also crucial for entertaining, especially for those looking to avoid busy patios or restaurants. Also, if you are interested in selling a home, having an attractive exterior can improve its value and attract more potential buyers. However, if you’re redoing your outdoor space, it’s sometimes hard to know where to begin. Many projects may seem too time-consuming, or straight up too difficult to take on by yourself. Luckily, there are many landscaping fixes you can make that are creative and less difficult than you might think to execute.
Here are 5 creative landscaping ideas to serve as inspiration for your next outdoor project.
Living Privacy Fence
Whether you live in the suburbs, or in the big city, your yard might be close in proximity to your neighbors. Sometimes, it can be a little too close. Having lower fencing, thinner fencing, or no fencing at all can limit your privacy and make it feel like you’re sharing your yard. To improve your privacy while adding some natural greenery to your space, try planting a living privacy fence. This could give your property a stately appearance without it looking too cold or closed off. Popular plants for living walls including arborvitae and dogwood, but there are many options for living privacy fences.
Small outdoor space? Don’t let its size stop you from creating something special. Just because you might not have a backyard doesn’t mean you can’t do a little landscaping on a balcony or terrace. Potted plants can go a long way in transforming an outdoor urban area. To give your space some vertical dimension, climbing vines can dress your walls up head to toe in green.
If you have the space for it, a stone walkway is a gorgeous landscaping addition that’s capable of giving your yard a timeless look. It’s a perfect solution for joining various spaces on your property if they’re not already connected, for example, your garage, garden, or shed. You can even line them with flower borders for a more precise look. Stone walkways aren’t just great to look at, however; they’re also great for guiding guests off of your lawn and away from your plant life.
You may not have the time, energy, or money to plant a full-on garden. But if you’re looking to get your thumb a little green, try introducing plant beds into your landscaping. These beds are perfect for growing flowers and herbs, but they’re also great for growing vegetables and herbs. Beds keep them elevated and away from any pests while ensuring that your plants remain in the line of sight.
It’s not green, or particularly natural, but building a fireplace in your yard is a landscaping decision that could benefit you for years to come. If you like entertaining and love the taste of s’mores in the summer, a firepit can help establish your yard as the gathering place for you and your friends in the summer.
The word “landscaping” is a lot scarier than it needs to be. It doesn’t always mean elaborate plant designs and constant maintenance; it can also mean low effort solutions that make your outdoor space beautiful.
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