Discover our top five simple and easy landscaping tips for creating outdoor spaces that are inviting, beautiful and easy to maintain.
1. Plant Natives
Using native plants in your landscaping will reduce water usage and make maintenance easier. Plus native plants will attract beneficial insects, and provide habitat for birds and other wildlife. Select species that will provide year-round appeal―diverse plants that bloom at different times, or shrubs and trees that have interesting bark in the winter. There are great resources for choosing the natives that will do best in your yard. Check out calscape.org for inspiration.
2. Use Light
Whether you are adding simple solar lights or investing in a low voltage light system, adding lights to your landscaping will make your outdoor spaces ideal for evening gatherings and nighttime festivities. Start with lighting pathways and other hardscaped areas like patios and decks. Mini spotlights can be used to highlight certain features such as fountains or specimen trees. Use a selection of multiple dim lights (rather than fewer bright lights) to give your yard a magical glow.
3. Add Seating
Create spots to rest and enjoy your outdoor space. Outdoor living spaces can be used like a living or dining room―though a simple bench or chair in amongst the flowers can be a fantastic feature for all to enjoy.
4. Make a Water Feature
The sound of water is relaxing, and can make you feel cooler on hot days. Larger water features can also provide additional habitat for water plants and bird life.
5. Use Potted Plants
Outdoor planters add variety and interest throughout the year. Add splashes of color with bright patterns and textures to your pots and planter boxes. Potted plants can soften hardscapes like patio edges or concrete steps, creating a more lush and alive feel.