There are so many variables in do-it-yourself landscaping, such as budget, skills, the climate of your region, your personal design tastes, how you’ll be using your yard, etc., but there are certain steps you can take that are so sound that they readily suggest themselves as answers to this question.
Here’s a can’t-miss tip for beautifying your yard: make sure you’re providing something of interest in each of the four seasons. Do-it-yourself landscaping for four-season interest begins with a well-researched plant-selection plan. The goal is to have flowering trees and/or shrubs throughout spring and summer, fall foliage in autumn, and good structure in winter. This article describes how to achieve that goal.
Layer Your Flower Beds
Layer your flower borders in three rows: a back row (facing north, preferably) with the tallest plants, a middle row with the next tallest, and a front row composed of your shortest plants. Use repetition, both in the planting bed and elsewhere in your yard, to provide unity.
Many DIY landscaping tips focus on deciduous trees and shrubs but don’t forget evergreens and other plants prized as much or more for their foliage as for their flowers. The deciduous specimens provide more color and variety, while the evergreens will provide continuity.
Annuals Supplement Perennial Color
Perennial flowers are wonderful for your planting beds, but they bloom for only so long. You may have perennials blooming in your bed in May, then nothing until July. Incorporating annuals into a do-it-yourself landscaping plan will “plug the gaps,” giving you continuous color in the yard. Try using picture galleries to find ideas for your color schemes in landscape design.