Landscape design is a pivotal part in creating a yard with good flow and functionality. Planting random plants and trees around your yard is a good way to get in over your head. Different plants have different water and sunlight requirements and they grow to different sizes. If you plant several plants close together without any idea they each get as big as a car, you're going to have some issues.
A yard becomes more valuable if it's not only beautiful, but functional as well. Whether you incorporate a seating area, dining area or even a kitchen, a functioning yard allows you to enjoy it more often. Figure out what you would like to do in your yard in order to create the perfect space.
A small yard can be difficult to fix up because of the way things grow and take up space. In addition to plants, you have to pack more punch with smaller accessories as well. A good way to maximize space is to find things that have multiple purposes. The perfectly cushioned nap bench can also be used as seating at a fold out table while a planter can be for flowers as well as vegetables.
A larger yard can be easier to deal with when you break it up into sections. Create a dining space, lounging area, kitchen, garden and lawn by adding natural fences, boarders or even a patio. A wall of hedges with flowers at the base will create an intimate and private location for a set of chairs and side table. Adding a flower boarder around a designated area will also give you a sense of being in a different "room".
A vegetable, fruit and herb garden is a great addition to any yard. Whether you have tomatoes, watermelon, squash and basil, or strawberries, onions, potatoes and parsley, any yard can incorporate some sort of veggie patch.
If you're limited on space you can add your veggies into the existing landscape, build terraced planters or just use pots. Many different varieties of foods grow great in pots on patios.
In addition to placing fruits and vegetables in pots, you can place different sized pots throughout your yard and patio. The different heights and colors of the containers will add a burst of personality while the flowers liven up the space. Keep like colors together for great visual flow but get creative with patterns.
Fences and walls can be eye sores if they're not specially designed or made with upgraded materials. Gardening vertically is a perfect way to eliminate the fading wood facade or plain wall. Add climbing vines and hanging or potted plants to these spaces in order bring out the structural importance. Another way to add more color is by adding tall potted plants or to hang baskets from shepherds hooks.
The perfect yard starts with research and ideas. Landscape design is more than buying what you like, it is about incorporating what you like into a cohesive and functional space. Make sure you understand your growing conditions and select plants which thrive in the environment that you live. These few tips should help you get started on the perfect space.