For a very few homeowners, a front and backyard of just grass abutting up to their home’s walls is enough. They like the simplicity and ease of maintaining their yard – just mow and go. But most of us like a bit of color. A walkway. Perhaps a trellis. Maybe a flower border. Something more than just a small patio slab left by the builder just outside the backdoor.
Take backyard landscaping, for instance. When you think of your backyard, you think of rest and relaxation, don’t you? A sunny place for perhaps a barbecue. A warm spot on which to lie on a hammock, swing in the breeze, read a book, and then take a snooze.
For a truly simple design, why not “just” have a lovely patio, with shrubs and/or flowering plants along its edges? A good cement/concrete contractor can pour a patio in an oval, curved, or just about any shape for you. Add some shrubs, plants, and/or some solar patio lights that would make a lovely – and simple and peaceful – backyard landscape for you.
Speaking of shrubs, they can be a simple, inexpensive addition to your landscaping. Place them in front and in the back of your home, right up against the walls. They add great curb appeal without a lot of muss and fuss. And your shrubbery needn’t be just different shades of green – many shrubs flower and provide wonderful bursts of color. Check out azalea, lilac, hydrangea, shrub rose, and dogwood at your local nursery to see if they appeal to you.
Don’t forget plants that are native to your area. Head to your nursery or do some research on the Internet to see what plants are native to your state. A simple Google search of, say, “Pennsylvania native plants” will give you a wealth of information. Choosing native plants to give you peace of mind because you know they do well in your climate and therefore will be easier to take care of.