The extreme difficulty in trying to visualize exactly what your landscape could look like with some given changes can be helped some by examining landscaping pictures from homes of a similar design but different landscaping layouts. A lot of home improvement magazines, as well as gardening and landscaping publications, will have pictures that can be used for your own landscaping ideas.
Some drawbacks to trying to use landscaping pictures as a visualization and design aid is that you must carefully take into account key differences between your situation and that of the house being photographed. These pictures are usually taken under sunny blue skies with everything in full bloom. But that house may look completely different in the winter. It may also be in a completely different climate than yours, and often the plants you see in the landscaping pictures may not grow in your climate.
For this reason it is important that you be able to identify the various plants, shrubs, and flowers you will see in these landscaping pictures. Also beware of designs centering around a patio or porch that you may not have room to build. And be sure that you aren’t planting things that will grow to be far too large for your yard.
Finding a house that closely resembles your can be a time consuming task. Really, the only way to do it is to sit down with a bunch of these publications and look through many landscaping pictures until you find ones that look similar to your house. Remember, that design that looks fantastic in a landscaping picture of a huge house may not look so nice crammed around a smaller house.
You will notice that a lot of the landscaping pictures you look at also include shots of pools and patios. Landscaping must be designed around these fixture, and if you do not have one, that layout will never look right in your yard. Landscaping pictures can give you some great ideas, but only if they house and yard resembles yours fairly closely.
If you are making use of some kind of landscaping software, you can print out landscaping pictures of your design once you have something you like. Taking these to a garden or landscaping supply shop can make sure that you have enough materials and plants to complete the project like you want. They may also be able to offer suggestions to improve your design.