One of the great benefits of the changing of the seasons from winter to spring are all of the beautiful plants and color varieties there are for landscaping. Your outdoor home is ready to be on center stage, whether you like it or not! Spring time is when all your neighbors plan their DIY weekend projects, and what better project is there, than choosing colorful landscaping for your home? If you are confused on what plants to choose for your climate, or what colors will look good with your home, use these tips to help you choose the ideal landscaping for your home. Remember, look to your neighboring home’s landscaping as well. Often times you can get great color and variety cues just from the natural environment already in your area.
Choosing plants that compliment your home:
Similar to your indoor home assessing what colors, styles, and patterns look great with your furniture, choosing outdoor plants is just as inspiring. Look to the color of your exterior home to get started. Draw colors out of the exterior materials, paint colors, and compliment or contrast the colors. A red brick home will look beautiful with high contrast yellow and white flowers. A crisp white modern beach home will look beautiful with subtle greens or high contrast purple and blues. Decide if you’d like your landscaping to stand out from your home or unify your architectural features and plants. Whichever you decide – use these ideas to go to your local nursery with a snapshot of your home in hand or on your smartphone to choose plants.
Look to nature for inspiration:
While you may think you have to know all of the plant varieties out there, inspiration from nature can help guide you. When planning your DIY weekend landscaping project, do a little homework beforehand. If you live in a tropical climate – look to native palms, and wide leafed greenery to compliment your outdoor landscaping. For mountainous or desert homes, look to evergreen trees and bushes that are drought tolerant and don’t require a lot of maintenance. City dwellers consider plant boxes or potted plants at your front door or outside your window to perk up the hardscape around your home. Don’t have any planting areas? Consider hanging a spring wreath on your front door to welcome spring color into your home.
Before you think you have to hire a professional landscaper for your DIY weekend project, think again. While hiring one could save you time and energy, most weekend warriors want a challenge! If you want to add color to your outdoor home while adding a customized look to your landscaping this spring, go for it! These ideas will help create the perfect spring home.