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5 Ways to Spruce Up Your Landscaping This Summer

You don’t need to spend a huge chunk of change to change the appearance of your home. By sprucing up your landscaping, you can give your house a new look. The “same old, same old” gets boring and doesn’t attract the same number of looks it once did. This is the summer you get creative and make some changes. Here are five ways to spruce up your landscaping.

People who have an aptitude for designing landscapes focus on three things — color, height, and texture. Color refers to adding more or new colors to the garden. Height signifies extending your garden vertically, not just horizontally. Texture means using different types of flowers or materials to give the garden an assortment of looks.

Add Height

One way to add height to your garden is to select and plant flora that grows tall. Climbing roses, viburnum, and fraser photinia are native to North Carolina and can each grow from 10-15 feet high. Placing these flowering plants in the back row of your garden helps to create layers and fullness to your landscape.

Another trick to bring height to your landscape is to incorporate container planters. These containers can sit on platforms or hang from baskets and will expand the focus of the garden and landscaping. It creates levels of color that flow from high to low, providing a visual effect not seen in horizontal gardens.

Use three types of plants to create more interest. For example, include a plant that hangs over the edges of the container, another that mounds and fills and a third that grows tall from the center.


Shrubs and bushes provide a natural border for your yard. Smaller shrubs in front of your house can provide privacy in front of your windows. A word of warning: Shrubs and bushes will need yearly pruning to thrive and keep them looking their best. 

Vertical Gardens

Vertical gardens are trending right now in new homes. They provide privacy for your yard or mask an unsightly fence. They provide space for the gardener with limited space and planting and tending to them is easier on your back since you don't have to bend as often while gardening.

Add Seasonal Plants

Using a variety of plants that bloom at different times of the year assures your landscape has color all year round. Plants that bloom in the spring include dogwood, peony, bearded iris, daffodils, and azaleas. Summer plants such as daylily, zinnia, crepe myrtle, impatiens, and hydrangea will add color to your garden. Keep the momentum going in the fall with ginger lily, sasanqua camellia, mums, pansies, and holly. The holly will keep its color in the winter as will Colorado blue spruce, crocus, and flowering quince.

Make sure you mulch before winter arrives to protect your shrubs and plants. This will keep the moisture in the ground and prevent them from producing early sprouts before the final frost of the season.

Ornamental Vines

Incorporate vines into the landscape to continue the vertical concept. Ornamental vines can add interest to a fence, post, archway, trestle, or wall. They create a living barrier that offers privacy along with a unique appearance. Moreover, vines tend to grow differently, and that presents the texture element of your landscape.

There are twining vines that wrap around a supporting surface, tendril vines that grow vertically beside a structure and clinging vines that attach to a surface like a flat wall. All incorporate different elements of your property into the landscape.

Curved Borders

Incorporate different geometrical designs into your landscape. Curved borders around some of your gardens and square borders around others will give the yard a unique look. You can also incorporate bricks, stones, or other materials to offer texture and accent to the borders.

Don’t Ignore the Side of the Yard

It’s common for homeowners to completely ignore the sides of their property. That may be because this part of your land is visible only to your next-door neighbors. But this is a chance to get more personal. Create a sitting area that includes a small garden, table, and chairs where you can have a few moments to yourself or entertain friends.

A side yard is also ideal for a vegetable garden, since it has less foot traffic that could compact the soil and endanger tender shoots. Imagine the convenience of picking tomatoes and herbs from this garden for salads or to make a sauce for your dinner.

Use these ideas to get yourself motivated to explore different ways to enhance your landscape. You'll love the results and, no doubt, your neighbors will too.

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