As the weather warms up, a lot of homeowners start craving color and new styles in their homes. The winter blues and greys are almost done – praise be! Landscaping upgrades offer us a way to brighten up our home from the outside in. As the spring comes rolling in, break out the trowels and mulch, and let’s get digging!
Start with a plan.
Some families like to go with a color scheme. For example, a family with young daughters may choose a pink and purple “Princess” color scheme, or a middle-aged couple may elect a silver-based foliage plan. Other options would be a theme like a cottage garden, or edible landscaping, or petunias galore. You are only limited by your imagination, so the first step is to make a plan so you know what you have to buy and what you may already have on hand to use.
Try moving up.
Vertical gardening and landscaping choices afford a new dimension of design—literally! By incorporating a trellis or taller plants behind shorter plants, height in landscaping can draw the eye, directing attention toward or away from elements around your home. Height doesn’t require a lot of work to install in your landscape; lean an old shutter against the wall, or place a broken step-ladder in the rear of a flower bed. Plant self-trellising ornamentals, like morning glories, moonflowers, or Carolina jessamine that don’t require tying or binding. Climbing roses may take a bit more work in tending the soil and keeping them healthy, but nothing is as quintessentially homey as a wall covered in blooming rose vines.
Color, color, and color some more.
Nothing screams spring beauty like tall spikes of salvia flowers, or late spring gladiolus blooms. Color is something that most homeowners crave, but it doesn’t have to take a lot of work for your home to blossom this spring. Petunias are a great, minimal-work flower, with a propensity to spread into mounds and piles of lovely green foliage. Available in a wild variety of colors, both solid and variegated, petunias are a favorite for many busy homeowners.
Go for the long haul.
Perennials are a great choice for homeowners who want less work over the years to come. In fact, some perennials can be separated after they’ve increased in size over a few years; in other words, you can get more plants from your initial starter plant to spread them around your garden or yard, or give away to family and friends. Perennials may require frequent fertilization, especially at the turns of seasons, so take that into account when planning your gardening budget season-to-season and year-to-year.
Consider starting plants from seeds.
If you really want to reduce your initial investment expense, starting your plants from seeds is a great choice. While you will spend considerable amounts of time keeping watch on your seedlings, and while you may need to devote some extra space to your flats and lights, the end result is usually as satisfying as any store-bought plant, and often you get more for your money. It’s also a great opportunity for introducing the miracle of plant life to children. Many annuals readily start indoors in just the few weeks leading up to their transplanting; however, perennials sometimes need to be started from seed months in advance. Make sure to do your research and plan accordingly.