From complementing your home's architecture to kid-proofing your gardens, here are some important factors to consider when planning your landscaping project.
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For the homeowner who loves to entertain, a landscaped patio with multiple seating areas, ample lighting and even an outdoor kitchen is a great investment. This beautiful space has multiple seating areas and a pergola that matches the trim of the house. Design by Bob Hursthouse
Consider Your Location
When planning a landscaping project, consider your location and plant accordingly. In desert climates, some plants and grasses go dormant in hot weather. This backyard uses mulch and rocks instead of grass, and features native plants that can survive the heat. The Southwestern adobe lounge area provides a striking focal point. Design by Jamie Durie
With little grass to mow and native plants that don't require much water, this landscaped yard is easy to care for. The bright geometric walls add visual interest, and the unique centerpiece, made from Spanish roof tiles, gives the space a rustic look. Design by Jamie Durie
Use Native Plants
Since this house is located in the desert, the designer took full advantage of native plants in his landscape plan. Tiled walkways complement the style of the house and give the yard a rustic feel. Photo by Gene Northup of Synergy Sotheby’s International Realty. Design by Thom Oppelt in Kerrville, Texas
Room for Activities
Think about what activities you want to do in your yard before landscaping. This yard is equipped with a putting green, but other options include playgrounds, fire pits and barbecue areas.
This colorful front yard has plants that were chosen to complement the colors of the home. The shrubs, small trees and perennials make a dramatic statement and help the house become part of the landscape. Design by Barbara Paul
Complement the House
Think about your home's architecture when planning your landscape. With raised beds, roses, various perennials and a white picket fence, this landscape is a perfect counterpart to the picturesque cottage. Photo courtesy of Rate My Space user ebboy5
Just because there are little feet running around doesn't mean you should scale back your landscaping. This yard nestles a playhouse among lush plants, creating a whimsical play place for children without sacrificing beauty. Design by Robin LaMonte
Don't Forget Hardscapes
The atmosphere created by this landscaping and hardscaping perfectly complements the region. The tiled patio matches the Southwestern feel of the home, while the plants add color and warmth to the space. Design by Chad Robert