Beginner Tips for Landscaping Design

At first glance, landscaping design appears to be rather simple. You choose the plants that you want to install in your space, and you add them to your flower bed areas. However, with closer inspection, it takes a lot of forethought and planning to execute a beautiful design. Long before you get out your shovel or trowel to start planting, you should follow these steps for a beautiful landscape design.

Spend Time Researching Plants

Each plant has numerous characteristics that must be taken into account when you are creating a landscaping design. This includes features like how tall and wide they will grow, their ideal spacing, what color the blooms will be, how think the foliage is and more. Planting conditions, such as full or partial sunlight, also must be taken into account. This will help you to determine which types of plants are best for your yard and which will give you the desired look for your space. You can spend time walking through a nursery to get more information about different types of plants before you get started creating a design.

Measure the Space in Your Yard

Then, spend some time in your yard, paying attention to the sunlight that falls on certain areas as well as drainage in the yard. Measure the space in each of your flower beds, and create a design on paper that takes into account your hardscape features, such as flower bed borders. In some cases, you may need to re-adjust the dimensions of your flower beds, and creating the design on paper will help you to make this determination.

Think About Dimensions

The next step in the landscaping design process is to add the type of vegetation that you select to your design sketch. Keep in mind how tall the plants will grow, placing larger or taller plants in the rear area of your beds so that the shorter plants are visible in the front. Remember to consider spacing between the plants as well, and pay attention to how far apart the plants are recommended to be planted away from each other. Focus on colors in the beds to ensure that all of the colors have a cohesive look, and keep in mind the shades of the leaves as well as the flowers.

Once you have added all of your plants to your written design, you are ready to get started planting them. Simply follow your design, and place the plants in their pots in the right area of your beds before you get started replanting them into their new home in your yard. Landscaping design can seem overwhelming, and it does take time and effort. However, your design efforts will be well-rewarded by the result of a beautiful yard.