7 Landscaping Themes for Garden Lovers
Looking for landscaping ideas? Then try one of these themed landscapes.
Cookie-cutter landscapes bore you? Then try one of these themed landscapes. From edible to colorful, each combines ingenuity with interest.
1. The Deer Resistant Landscape
If you like deer but not what they do to your landscape, then this one?s for you. Deer prefer bland food and dislike fragrant, aromatic plants or plants with irritating foliage or sap So, plant those you?ll love and they?ll hate, like these:
- Beautybush has fountain-like arching branches and bell-shaped flowers.
- Trumpet vine produces orange and scarlet trumpet-shaped flowers in summer that attract hummingbirds.
- Japanese bleeding heart blooms in late spring and thrives in shady borders while catmint blooms in mid-summer and thrives in full sun.
2. The Winter Wonderland Landscape
If a bare landscape makes you blue, then add some green; evergreen, that is. Here are some hardy and vibrant options:
- Pine, spruce, yew, juniper or other evergreen conifers come in a variety of shapes, shades and sizes.
- Boxwood, hollies and rhododendron broadleaf evergreens are cold-weather friendly shrubs that hold their leaves?and their color.
- Red-twig dogwoods, paper birch, Japanese maples or other deciduous shrubs and trees add visual interest with unusual textures, colors and forms.
- Sedge and other ornamental grasses add fill-in color and texture and are especially nice planted near trees and shrubs.
- The stems, seed heads and berries of Autumn Joy sedum, coneflower, black-eyed Susan and lilyturf keep things interesting even in the cold.
3. The Bird Lovers Landscape
Birds flock to where there?s food and shelter so attract them with a variety of landscape plants, trees and shrubs like this:
- Give shelter with canopy layers of trees, shrubs, vines and tall grasses, including white pine, holly and arborvitae.
- Offer up food in the form of seed-, berry- and nectar-producing perennials, such as honeysuckle or serviceberries.
- To invite nest-building, leave a brush pile, create a log stack and cover it with old branches, or put up a high-mounted birdhouse.
4. The Edible Landscape
Herbs and berries are naturally delicious, but they?re also practical and pretty when used in landscapes as a border, groundcover or showpiece. Here are some favorites that do double-duty in the landscape and kitchen:
- Gooseberry hedges, which grow 3 feet high and 6 feet wide, yield fruit ideal for pies or jellies.
- Strawberries and low-growing herbs, like thyme, make great edible groundcovers that also help choke out weeds.
- Roses and lavender are culinary queens, bringing fragrance outdoors and flavor in salads and sweets.
- Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) produces big, beautiful, nutty-flavored blossoms.
5. The Flowering Landscape
From ornamental trees to flowering vines to colorful annuals and perennials, nothing is more beautiful than blooms here, there and everywhere. Try these:?
- Pink dogwood, Eastern redbud, viburnum and crape myrtle are fast-growing, flowering ornamentals.
- Climbing hydrangea and clematis grow quickly and beautifully up fences, trellises and walls.
- Annuals like petunias, marigolds, zinnias and impatiens add instant warm-weather color pops.
6. The Dwarf Tree Landscape
?Enhance your home with dwarf trees and shrubs like these planted close to the house:???
- Pyramidal yews and junipers provide deep green, dense foliage and an attractive, upright shape.???
- Dwarf Alberta spruce and dwarf lilac add interest or fragrance.???
- Dwarf ornamentals like red hibiscus and Cavendish banana look inviting when planted in pots flanking an entryway.?
7. The Colorful Landscape
Year-round color really is possible. Here are some colorful options by season:???
- Spring: Creeping, woodland and moss phlox, bleeding hearts, foamflower, tulips, daffodils???
- Summer: Lavender, coneflower, lantana, zinnia, hydrangea, roses???
- Fall: California poppy, asters, panies, violas, Autumn Joy sedum, cabbages, kale
- Winter: Holly, Winterberry, witch hazel, winter-blooming camellias, hellebores