You no longer need to have a separate garden for vegetables. Create a beautiful and colorful bed by mixing flora with food for interesting variations in height and texture. Consider incorporating edibles like purple basil, Swiss chard and cabbage with annuals and perennials. Not only will you have a colorful yard, but also a personal supply of organic produce.
If you’re short on time to dedicate to your yard, consider adding native plants, which are plants that either occur naturally or have existed for many years in an area. Native plants can consist of trees, flowers, grasses, shrubs and more. This type of landscaping is ideal because it requires very little maintenance. Another benefit is that it requires less manicuring and upkeep compared to many traditional ornamental shrubs and bushes. Visit a local nursery to learn more about native plants to enhance your yard.
If less water usage is important to you, think about replacing your lawn, with low-water grasses that look like a traditional lawn such as Bermuda, Zoysia or Buffalo Grass. You can even opt to remove the grass altogether and replace with mulch or easy-to-maintain groundcover. First, you’ll need to determine what type of groundcover you prefer – a taller grass-like groundcover, a small shrub or low-growing ivy. Next, you will need to determine how much sun this area gets in order to select the right ground cover. Be aware that some types of ground cover will spread quickly and will need to be pruned in order to keep them contained in a particular area.
To maximize the use of your backyard space, consider creating destinations in the garden by connecting them with pathways. For example, a simple walkway is a great way to connect to focal points like a fireplace or fountain. For an understated design statement, utilize wood, gravel or stones to create this pathway.
Implementing a few of these ideas into your landscaping design will help transform your yard – making it a relaxing escape to enjoy with family and friends.