Have you heard of that adage before? It’s not the most ubiquitous maxim in the last century, but to the people in the home improvement field, the above-mentioned is industry gold.
No home improvement process – after the renovation, retiling and additions – is ever complete without the landscaping installation. Landscaping is the process of giving an aesthetic value to the house’s façade. It is so much of an industry as home improvement that it has become sort of an art form.
The process of landscaping is entirely a different salvo in the home improvement process, and therefore it needs a different set of timeframe to finish. However, most landscaping services are bundled in or tied-up to premium home improvement deals.
Tip: You can talk to your contractor about this.
Landscaping can also be a stand-alone deal, which may entail a different set of home improvement company from the one that did your renovation. Landscaping is a thriving industry, and businesses which provide specialized landscaping services are growing in number for the past couple years.
Let’s take a look at some of the most common areas around residential houses which can be landscaped:
- Lawns (Small or spacious) – Lawns are one of the most popular landscaping area for homeowners to develop.
- House Front (Façade) – Arguably the most common form of landscaping area for residential houses.
- Backyard – Common designs ideas include koi ponds, gardens and mini-trails.
A homeowner may decide to simultaneously do all three areas around his house, or one at a time, but overall deals may prove to be more attractive with price points marginally lower when single landscaping services are chosen.
A big part of the landscaping process is choosing the evergreen plants to be lined, spruced and spread over the areas of interest. While it is with the prerogative of the landscaping artist to which how the design will flow, it is always a good thing when you know what you want and have a definite picture of what you want to see inside or outside your residential space.
Homeowners nowadays have heightened discriminating tastes, with home improvement magazines and dedicated websites in which ideas can be picked like ripe apples from its trees; it’s only fitting that you would at least have an inkling of what is to grow your small patch of land. And what’s not.
We gathered the most popular plants which are used by top landscape artists around the world, both on the outside and inside areas of homes, to further your education and bring a “eureka” moment for the budding homeowner with a discriminating taste like you.
Also scientifically known as Chionanthus retusus, the Chinese fringe tree is a short blossoming tree native to Asia, particularly in the country of Taiwan, Korea and Japan. It can grow to twenty feet tall, but short varieties are much preferred for aesthetic value on lawns and outside the house.
The Chinese Fringe tree is popularly cultivated for landscape in Europe and the Americas because of its feathery white flowers, which in full bloom provides a stunning foliage view. Three or four trees lined will produce a “mini forest” effect.
Crabapples are probably the most popular tree for landscaping in the country, with so many garden varieties to choose from. Crabapples are small apple tress that bears smaller fruits, and legend (urban or rural) has it that eating the fruits too many will you. This is actually false, as crabapples are edible, all except for the seeds which bear a small amount of toxin – a characteristic imbued on most apple tree varieties.
When going for crabapples, choose the prairiefire or centurion variety, both bearing pink to red flowers with a solid resistance to diseases.
Also colloquially known as crepe myrtle, this tree has at least 10 species to choose from, with flower color range from white to red. Crape Myrtle is a deciduous tree, just like the other two presented in the list, and is native to Southeast Asia and cultivated for landscaping in the country.
Choose Crape Myrtle when you want colorful blooms in summer and spring. They can grow to up to 14m, but short, skinny varieties are more agreeable when you are out of space. They can be planted sporadically with shrubs underneath or as a standalone adorned with lights in the evening.
Arguably one of the most readily available shrubs for landscaping, Globe Blue Spruce is a native to the alpine tree line. It can grow to a height of six feet, so it’s wise to choose the dwarf variety, which has a characteristic flat-top appearance.
One of the most appealing things about the blue globe spruce is the changing of its needle colors with the season. Colors range from a bluish green to a silvery gray and back again. It’s very amenable to pruning that’s why it is very good for gardens as standalone plant or in groups. The plant is very elegant and subtle, making it a staple evergreen in many home gardens and front porch landscapes.
Forsythia is the best plant to exude spring and summer with its bright yellow flowers and bulbous foliage. The plant is native to East Asia, and can grow to at least 5 feet. It is a deciduous shrub, with 11 known varieties. Its flowers are four, lobbed, bright yellow blooms, with seeds on its pistil.
What’s good about forsythia is that it can be easily propagated through cuttings, and you can grow them by yourselves in the garden anytime, with no special requirements whatsoever. Forsythia is best when planted in clusters with minimal distance to achieve a canopy effect. Choose the typical short variety to control growth.
Heavenly bamboo, or scared bamboo is a cultivated specie of a shrub that is dwarf in appearance, with red and dark orange-y leaves that is native to the Himalayas and Asia. It is not an actual bamboo plant, and it can bear flowers and berries in its prime. It can grow to up to 7 feet tall and is usually favored by homeowners as a decorative installation in pots.
The dwarf cultivar, Canberra home garden variety is best for landscape projects that need a little splash of color. Grown in clusters or stand alone, Heavenly bamboo is a sight to behold. It also blends well with the perennial greens and yellow green grasses.
Maiden Grass is a native from China, Korea, and Japan. It thrives well under the sun with moist soil underneath. Most houses have this kind of grass, and it’s easily one of the most recognizable out there. Best for walls and borders.
Japanese Forestgrass is known for its shape – bulbous and proud with medium foliage. They are rather large for grasses and they accumulate and spread around their area. Best as centerpieces on gardens with little flowers alongside it.
Blue Oatgrass is great as a permanent placement in your gardens primarily because of its steel blue color. The shape of the grass leans into being tall, and is advisable to be planted with short shrubs underneath.
Small bamboo plants are good as house plants because they are resistant to any weather changes and do not require special attention.
Care tip: Do not expose the bamboo plant to sunlight often as it may decrease the intensity of its natural color pigments.
Bougainvilleas are perfect as potted plants which can be installed inside the house or any of the rooms because it can be trimmed and requires less maintenance whilst still bearing the most color-saturated flowers.
Care tip: Go for the variety which does not climb and have a sturdy stem so that you can prevent the plant from climbing on your walls.
A variety of shrubs and flowering plants.
This is especially effective with large pots, which can hold a lot of soil and with a large mouth. Choose low shrubs like the globe blue spruce and surround it with lilacs, marigold and root-tubers with heart-shaped leaves.
Tip: The trick here is to provide color and variety. If you opt for flowering plants, consider the blending of their colors carefully. Red, green, orange and yellow go well together, while blue, oranges and lilacs are tricky to pull off, but still is aesthetically-pleasing.
Insider Tip: Building a terrarium is also a great idea for landscaping indoors. Ask your contractor about their quotes on terrariums. Or if you want the thing in a small scale, you can build it yourself. Build terrariums all over your house like in the kitchen, bedrooms and the living room. You can even install a terrarium under a table with a glass top.
That’s it. For more information and options for your landscaping project, confer with your contractor and have them present a detailed preview of what they plan for your project. Remember that you have the final say on everything – from the placement of the installations, the plants and the overall look and feel of the entire thing. Enjoy!