Colorful Landscape Design Ideas
This entry was posted on March 6, 2016.
Is your landscaping around your home boring? Is everything green? Here we can fix that problem with adding some nice colors that will enhance your home and add color to your landscape. Here are some colorful landscape design ideas that can help add color to your landscaping.
When looking to enhance your landscaping, Let's start out by using the most important fundamental of layering. Your landscape will need to be layered in order to see all the beautiful trees and shrubs used. If we start out in the back of the planting bed, we need to place taller plants in this area. We recommend using shrubs that will get about 3-5 feet tall. Even installing a hedge in the back of the planting bed works very well enhancing the colors in front. For hedges we recommend using Hollies, Taxus, ligustrum, Loropetalum, etc. These are great shrubs that can grow together forming a medium size hedge. In the middle of the bed, we can use an ornamental tree or center piece. The centerpiece is going to be your focal point of the landscape. Plants like Japanese maple trees, Weeping Blue Atlas Cedars, Crape Myrtle Trees, Topiaries, etc. are great for focal points. In this landscape we have used a weeping blue atlas cedar as the focal point, and a Nellie Stevens Holly tree for between both windows.
Here is where the color comes in. In the front of the planting bed is where the most color is used. We love using clusters of Drift Roses, Dianthus, Purple Pixi Loropetalum, Kaleidoscope abelia, Camellia, etc. These plants and shrubs stay small and are easy to maintain. In this landscape, we have used daylilies, gold mop cypress, and pygmy barberries. Under the windows we have a loropetalum hedge and a ligustrum hedge. We have also used a premium brown deco mulch and really enhance the color in this landscape.
Colorful Natural Areas
Natural Areas in your yard can be great areas to add a little pop! Depending on the size of the area, using clusters of the same plant in groups does the trick. Here are some more colorful landscape design ideas.
Let's start out by planting a group of six forsythia toward the back in an area that these can grow. In the spring you will have an abundance of gold color. These are really easy to maintain and do a great job in the spring. Burning Bushes and Camellias are also great shrubs to use in natural areas. Burning Bushes will pop a nice fire red color in the fall that brings in more color for the season. Camellias also flower in November and spring time, depending on the variety. They do great in natural areas because usually there is more shade.
Now let's move a little further toward the end of spring and add some Encore Azaleas. Encore Azaleas will keep flowering through the year and are one of our Favorites! If you're looking for a bold pop in color, plant the encore azaleas also in a cluster using the same color. If you're looking for a more of a mix of colors, plant different colors of the encore azalea. It just depends on what you're looking for. Encore Azaleas come in many colors that really show off the landscaping.
Don't forget about using some ground covers. Ground covers can also enhance the natural area and save you money on mulch. Dianthus, ivy, and Drift Roses are a great option. We still love Drift Roses the best!! But you will need to do a little of both. Blue Rug Juniper and Blue Pacific Junipers also do well and add blue color to your landscaping. Blues and Reds go very well together.
If you have any design questions about additions to your landscape, feel free to write us. We have Landscape Design experts available to help and make suggestions. We have installed over 1000 high-end landscapes from North to South and are happy to help!