[A Portfolio of Landscaping Ideas
Writer: Stacey Sheagley, Carol Harvatin]
Great landscaping is a work of art. Think of your yard as a picture that is created using aspects of design, such as line, form and color, in the same way an artist uses them. The picture your landscape creates is a reflection of who you are and what you like.
Landscaping can serve many functions, such as helping to control sunlight, wind or a sloped yard that may be eroding. A newly built home that is bare of grass or trees offers the chance to create a landscape exactly the way you want. With careful planning, you can create an outdoor space that is beautiful and functional. You can use landscaping to create additional living space outdoors or to provide privacy for your existing outdoor space. A beautifully landscaped yard increases the value of your property by enhancing the attractiveness of your home and making it more inviting.
A Portfolio of Landscaping Ideas will help you create a landscape that is ideally suited to you and your yard. We begin by helping you determine your landscape needs and what type of yard you have. You will also need to know the budget you are working with. Here you will find ideas for patios, porches, decks, walkways, trees, shrubs, plants, enclosures and lighting to inspire you and help you plan a landscape design that best fulfills your specific requirements. There are even ideas for dealing with special landscaping needs, such as water, climate and unusual or unusable space in your yard.
You don’t need to be an expert to create a beautiful and satisfying yard. Whenever you do the work yourself or hire someone to do it for you, you will still need to spend time planning if you want your landscape to serve specific functions.