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Landscaping Design Ideas

February 8, 2022 Jill Raver
Filed in: Landscaping Guides

Is the landscaping around your home boring?  Is everything green?  We can help you fix that problem!  Here are some colorful landscaping design ideas that can help add color to your boring landscape.

Landscaping Design Ideas

Layering in Colorful Natural Areas

Landscaping Design Ideas - Front of House Natural areas in your yard can be great areas to add a little pop! When looking to enhance your landscaping, let's start out by using the most important fundamental of layering.  Your landscape will need to be layered in order to see all the beautiful trees and shrubs used.  If we start out in the back of the planting bed, we need to place taller plants in this area.  We recommend using shrubs that will get about 3-5 feet tall.  Even installing a hedge in the back of the planting bed works very well, enhancing the colors in front.  For hedges we recommend using Hollies, Taxus, Ligustrum, Loropetalum, etc.  These are great shrubs that can grow together forming a medium size hedge.  In the middle of the bed, we can use an ornamental tree or centerpiece.  The centerpiece is going to be the focal point in your fabulous landscaping design idea arrangement. Plants like Japanese maple trees, Weeping Blue Atlas Cedars, Crape Myrtle Trees, Topiaries, Spring Blooming Trees, etc. are great for focal points.  In this landscape we have used a weeping blue atlas cedar as the focal point, and a Nellie Stevens Holly tree for between both windows.

Landscaped houseHere is where the color comes in.  In the front of the planting bed is where the most color is used.  We love using clusters of Drift Roses, Dianthus, Purple Pixie Loropetalum, Kaleidoscope Abelia, Camellia, etc.  These plants and shrubs stay small and are easy to maintain.  In this beautiful landscape design, we have used daylilies, gold mop cypress, and pygmy barberries.  Under the windows we have a loropetalum hedge and a ligustrum hedge.  We have also used a premium brown deco mulch to really enhance the color in this landscape.


Using Clusters in Your Landscape Design


Depending on the size of the area, using clusters of the same plant in groups does the trick. Here are some natural landscaping design ideas. Our Ajuga Chocolate Chip will bring some pop to your groundcover options.

Let's start out by planting a group of six forsythia toward the back in an area that these can grow.  In the spring you will have an abundance of gold color.  These are really easy to maintain and do a great job in the spring.  Burning Bushes and Camellias are also great shrubs to use in natural areas.  Burning Bushes will pop a nice fire red color in the fall that brings in more color for the season.  Camellias also flower in November and spring time, depending on the variety.  They do great in natural landscapes because usually there is more shade.

landscaped house with encore azaleasNow let's move a little further toward the end of spring with your landscaping design ideas and add some Encore Azaleas. Encore Azaleas will keep flowering through the year and are one of our Favorites!  If you're looking for a bold pop in color, plant the encore azaleas also in a cluster using the same color.  If you're looking for a more of a mix of colors, plant different colors of the encore azalea.  It just depends on what you're looking for.  Encore Azaleas come in many colors that really show off your landscape. 


Using Ground Covers in Your Landscape Design


Don't forget about using some ground covers in your landscaping design ideas.  Ground covers can also enhance a natural landscape and save you money on mulch.  Dianthus, Ivy, and Drift Roses are a great option.  We still love Drift Roses the best!  But you will need to do a little of both.  Blue Rug Juniper and Blue Pacific Junipers also do well and add blue color to your landscaping.  Blues and reds go very well together.

Natural area landscape designIf you have any design questions about additions to your landscape, feel free to write us.  We have landscape design experts available to help and make suggestions.  We have installed over 1000 high-end landscapes from North to South and are happy to help! We hope this article gives you some great landscaping design ideas to try!


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