By Keri Byrum
Gardeners can find many ways to improve their homes’ appearance: magazines, television shows, and on the Web. But what if that’s too intimidating? Here are some easy ideas to improve your landscape without much cost or commitment:
One of my favorite ways to add some spark to my yard is incorporate a new focal point. Have you heard people talk about a focal point but didn’t know where to start? These easy solutions can help you find the best method.
The first is “containerscaping” -- adding large containers into an existing landscape. You can create yours by using a large, bright-color or unique-shape container that stands out. Bigger is better because you don’t want your container to disappear into the landscape. Choose simple plants that don’t compete with the decorative container.
Two other benefits of containerscaping are making small plants look larger, and drawing attention to a specimen plant. Select a container large enough to raise your plant above the others -- at least 2 feet tall is most effective. If you have a very slow-growing plant, this is a great way to make the most of your purchase by making it appear larger. As you place the plant in the landscape, choose a location that meets the plant’s requirements but makes your new addition the star. This urn gives the slow-growing cycad added height.
In our yard we use bright containers with drought-tolerant plants that are low maintenance. Good plants to include are snake plants (Sansevieria), and bromeliads, or succulents such as agaves. You can see here that this bright container is the star of the show!
Another simple landscape idea is incorporate a new vertical element. This doesn’t mean you have to plant a new tree as a trellis; an easy do-it-yourself teepee does the trick. The teepee shown here stands up thanks to four small stakes driven into the ground and pulled together with wire. Jute twine woven through the poles supports the plants as they grow. With the wide variety of flowering vines available, you are sure to find one you love.
Adding a focal point to your landscape doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. These are easy ways to improve your garden in just a few hours. Enjoy finding the new element that complements your home!
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