In preparation for landscaping, collect landscaping ideas from friends, neighbors, or books. A smart idea is to collect photographs, take them yourself, or get pictures from books and magazines that focus on landscaping ideas. Visit public gardens and nurseries in your area to see what grows well and get more landscaping ideas from the gardeners.
When you look at photos, consider landscaping ideas that relate to theme and style. Notice how beds are configured and whether color is a theme. Also make a mental note of features and structures that contribute to the landscaping ideas – you’ll want to choose a consistent theme to make it easier for you when you go to choose or purchase your plants.
Once you have sufficient landscaping ideas, draw a rough plan that details what you are going to plant and where. You don’t have to specify all the plants if you don’t have the knowledge to do so – just write the basic landscaping ideas to include:
• large flowering shrubs
• trees for shade
• lawn area
• annuals for color
With a basic plan derived from your best landscaping ideas, you can then go shopping for plants, and get some conclusive landscaping ideas and advice from the expert gardeners.
Landscaping ideas aren’t just about in-ground foliage – don’t forget to think about using planters, hanging baskets, floor planters, and specialty planters as part of your design.
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