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Designing Your Landscape – Tips To Use Landscaping Pictures

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.

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Designing An Entrance Garden

Foundation plantings have traditionally been intended to screen cement foundations of houses. This is a bit short sighted, however. Creating a welcoming entrance garden is a more appropriate way go about designing these spaces. Entrance gardens are important as they’re able to integrate houses and gardens with the surrounding landscape.

Entrance gardens should be welcoming and open. They can draw attention to architectural details or screen architectural flaws. When deciding what to use in the garden, try to avoid planting rapidly growing plants which can quickly become obtrusive, outgrow their allotted space, block views and obstruct access. Entrance garden are usually the front garden at most homes and can benefit from plants which have year-round interest, such as evergreens or deciduous shrubs with colorful autumn foliage or berries in the winter. Specimen shrubs, such as a interesting flowering deciduous shrub or a dwarf evergreen, work exceptionally well in an entrance garden. Use specimen shrubs sparingly in your garden, however, in order to avoid the one of everything look.

The shrubs which run between the entrance and corner of the house and are most effective when designed to be simple. Low growing shrubs generally work best as they won’t block views from the windows. Tall shrubs require frequent pruning and often result in awkwardly shaped plants.

Corner plantings which include tall shrubs or even small trees screen back yards as well as blend the garden in with surrounding landscape. All shrubs in the entrance garden should be placed where they won’t interfere views or touch the house when they mature.

Steer clear of exceedingly symmetrical designs since they can end up looking quite boring. Garden designs should have the same weight on both ends of the garden. Individual garden elements can consist of shrubs of different sizes, forms, and textures.

Simple designs often create the most successful gardens so try to limit the number of species of plants and paving material used in garden. You’ll have an easier time tying your garden together. You’ll also get you the most from each element. Strike a balance, variety is also important to create interest.

Plan your garden first on paper, before you begin planting, this give you something to refer to as you plant. Know the mature height of all the plants you’ll be using in your design. One of the most common mistakes gardeners make is improper plant selection and placement. Another mistake is over planting. Though your garden may look a bit sparse early on, you’ll avoid overcrowding in the future. Be sure to place your shrubs so that as they grow the foliage does not touch the structure. This will allow adequate air flow and will prevent the growth of mold.

To emphasize certain plants in your garden use contrasting shapes, colors, or textures. For instance, the large pale green leaves of a hydrangea contrast nicely with the dark green needles of a mugo pine.

A successful garden design requires more than simply screening the unsightly architectural flaws of a house. With thoughtful planning a foundation planting can be transformed into a welcoming entrance garden.

Tim Birch is the publisher of GardenListings.com, a Garden Resource site for the gardening enthusiast.