If you are considering sprucing up your yard to complement your home, do it in such a way that it looks like it was there all along.
Creating a perfect blend of house and landscape is the key to picture perfect landscaping. You can do this by integrating features of your home into the landscape or by matching the colors of your exterior to the landscaping features.
Here are some insights and ideas.
- Cover up blunt masonry with foundation plants
Use foundation plants to cover up unsightly foundation masonry. These include entry gardens, complementary flower beds and ornamental vegetable gardens.
Make a focal point with entry plants so that they create an illusion of being part of the house.
- Have a theme for your landscape
The theme of your landscape should match the design of the house. If you have a flat roof house, a Japanese garden or a beach theme will do well.
For a log cabin, an English garden is best for the landscape. For modern contemporary architecture, you can go all out and create a theme that is out of the box. If you live in a semi-arid section, a desert theme with low maintenance plants is best for the landscape.
- Match plant colors with your house colors
When selecting a plant palette, choose plants that match your house colors. Keep the hues as natural as possible to avoid overdoing the lawn. Common matching colors include white, red, green, brown, beige, and gray. These colors look good in nature as well as on the house. You can create a stunning contrast of colors by layering the plants and using your home as a backdrop.
- Make your outdoors a continuation of the indoors
This applies to any masonry work that you may have on the landscape. If you have bricks, pavers, sitting walls or concrete features, make sure they match the ones in the house.
You can have a theme by matching pavers with house corridors and the kitchen floor. Use the same bricks on your wall to create a hedge or a sitting wall. Have driveway pavers that match with walkway pavers to create a harmonious blend.
- Consider the neighborhood
As much as people like to display their unique personalities with their landscaping, blending in with the neighborhood is also important. If you stand out so much you end up creating a disturbance rather than a harmonious feel.
- Integrate your systems
If you have landscape features that require systems to function such as a pool, pond, water features, and others, integrate them with your house systems. Recycle water from your kitchen to serve as irrigation water.
Use recycled pool water to service your fountains and waterfalls. Use solar energy and motion detectors to service and control your lights. This way you save energy and create a green landscape that is self-sustainable.