4 Tips for Landscaping Around Your Patio Furniture

You just bought a new patio set and are spending more time outdoors. Now it is time to improve the vista. How do you go about designing a landscape that compliments your new patio set? Continue reading for some simple tips to create a beautiful yard.

 

1. Make a Landscaping Plan

Here are the basic components of your landscaping plan:

  • How much area do you have to cover?
  • How much sun/shade does the area get?
  • If you are planting trees, are you going to mow around them or create a canopy?
  • Are there any non-plant elements such as fountains, ponds, or walkways involved?
  • What levels do you want to plant at? Will you be using raised beds or terracing?
  • Do you want to use any containers on the patio itself?
  • Determine what your budget will be.

 

2. Choose Your Plants Wisely

Here are some questions to ask before choosing your plants:

  •  Do you want to use perennials or annuals?
  • What colors will complement your patio furniture?
  • What heights do you want to include in your plan? Ground cover, flowers, shrubs, trees, etc.?
  • Are there any obstacles in the area such as fountains, stones, existing foliage, etc.?

 

3. Make Sure You Plant at The Right Time

Once you have answered the basic questions, you are ready to select your plants. At this point, you will need to determine if you are going to start from seeds, plants, or more mature plants from pots. If you are planting any trees, it is time to decide how mature you want the tree to be before you plant it.

Most greenhouses will list what conditions each plant needs to thrive, such as full sun, partial shade, or shade. Plus, it is important to choose plants that are suitable for your "grow zone." Your growing zone will be listed on any of the major plant purveyor sites and is based on where you are located and the average weather conditions in your area.

Make sure you don't give yourself too much maintenance either. Landscaping can be simple, with little to no maintenance required, or elaborate, including installing a sprinkler system to help make watering easier. It is all up to you and what your budget can withstand.

 

4. Water, Water, Water

Once you have done all the hard work of planning and planting your landscaping, do not let it die. Unless you have planted a garden of succulents such as cactus, you will need to keep your new plants thoroughly watered. Most plans require a little extra water when they are first started because their root balls have not yet had a chance to spread.

In the end, it is about your personal flare. Whether you choose to create a shady spot to rest under or a colorful bed of ground cover, choosing the right plants is the key to your beautiful new yard.