Landscape Design Ideas for Every Location

Bring outdoor spaces to life with easy landscape ideas that add curb appeal to your yard, garden, pool and patio.
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After: A Hot Retreat

Photo by: Photo by Jamie Rector

Photo by Jamie Rector

Add curb appeal to every outdoor location on your property with easy landscape design ideas for your yard, garden, pool and patio.

Home landscaping can involve more than just making your front yard look pretty. Yet, bringing your design ideas to life doesn't have to be difficult. Simply approach the task of revamping your outdoor space with three things in mind – size, budget and time.

If you're doing the job yourself, divide your outdoor space into zones and tackle one project in each area at a time. Perhaps you want to start with your front yard, then move on your backyard, then garden, pool area, patio and so on. Choose materials and plants you can afford that are appropriately hardy for your climate, and then augment your design with hardscapes such as pergolas, pavers or retaining walls as time and money permit.

Spruce up your front yard by edging a driveway or ringing a tree with ornamental grasses such as Miscanthus or Fountain Grass. Placing topiaries symmetrically on the sides of front steps or porches can make any entrance appear more formal. And don't forget to consider your mailbox, garage doors, front door and windows as mini-zones – an upgrade or change in color to one or more of these areas can dramatically change the look and curb appeal of the front of your home.

Backyards are often left natural, but many are neglected spaces bursting with potential to be beautiful, usable assets to your outdoor space. Sometimes all it takes is a little mulch, a few flowering shrubs and a tree trim. Adding a pathway of flat stone, gravel or bricks gives your yard structure and charm. A well-maintained vegetable or rose garden can be a great focal point for your backyard as well. One tip that applies to both front and backyards: don't forget to pull, treat and kill those pesky weeds!

If you're looking for plants to add flair to your poolside or deck/patio area, there are plenty of options. Consider rows of potted pencil hollies to create the illusion of a hedge divider for privacy. To spruce up an arbor or gazebo, start an attractive wrapping or running vine such as confederate jasmine or evergreen wisteria.

There are endless ideas for landscaping your outdoor spaces, many of which can be accomplished easily and inexpensively. Just start with one area of your property at a time and get creative.

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