Landscaping Ideas


Landscaping Ideas, Design, and Inspiration 
Gardens are not made by singing
"Oh how beautiful!" and sitting in the shade.
-Rudyard Kipling
   We have created this section to help you choose the correct plants and to give you tips on creating a lush beautiful landscape like the ones you see in gardening magazines. You don’t have to be a professional landscape designer in order to have a beautiful yard, you just need to arm yourself with the knowledge of how to pull it all together. We’re here to help and we want your yard to be beautiful, too! It’s one of the reasons why we do what we do; to help our customers create their own little slice of paradise. The #1 rule of gardening is to put the right plant in the right spot and we will take the guess work out of the equation for you. 

The Basics 

 What makes this yard so appealing? The proper design incorporation of form, repetition, color, texture and contrast, among other things. Don't worry, it's not as complicated as it might seem!  
    Curving, flowing lines of turf amidst colorful blooms and contrasting textures of leaf shape all come together to create eye appeal. Plants flowing over the edge of the sidewalk soften the concrete, the beds on the right balance the foundation plantings on the left and provide symmetry, and everything is in proper scale for the size of the yard. This is an informal, cottage garden style of landscaping that matches the style of the house, a VERY important consideration.




  This home has formal landscaping that does match the style and lines of the house, but it is lacking in eye appeal due to the lack of color and all of the shrubs having the same leaf texture. There are also no curving, flowing lines to direct the eye and there is a lot of turf with little landscaping, creating the image of a big, blank yard with little interest. You can see what the lack of eye appeal does, compared to the first house!
    Differences in color, texture, shape and size create interest in a planting but too much contrast leaves a planting feeling unsettled and tense, while too little produces a boring design. The importance of landscape design principles, including unity, balance, form, line, mass, color, etc. cannot be overlooked if you truly want a yard with curb appeal and a professional look, even if you do it yourself. Don't be afraid of it, it's important to pull it all together and we can help you! 
Click here for ​ideas from DIY Network to increase curb appeal and make your yard a relaxing environment .


Trees are the walls and ceiling of the landscape,

shrubs are the furniture, and flowers are the nick-nacks




Boulders and rock add texture and contrast to flowerbeds and require no maintenance.Click here for photo gallery of landscaping with stone.

 A well-placed garden bench can make a world of difference in your landscape. "Hardscaping" elements such as fences, patio pavers, benches, stacked rock walls, and even birdbaths are important landscape design features 

Dwarf Mondo Grass is an excellent 'filler' between pavers to soften the stone in shady areas.
Click here for beautiful hardscaping ideas from HGTV
Raised beds of vegetables and herbs can be beautifully incorporated into the landscape.
Sweeping curving lines, whether they be in a path or the edge of the turf, are more eye appealing than straight sharp edges.
Roses on a picket fence provide classic charm
The Odd Rule:
A basic rule of thumb in landscape design is to work with odd numbers when trying to create a naturalistic appearance, as opposed to using even numbers which look formal, symmetrical, and regimented. Plant in groups of three, five, seven, or nine as opposed to two, four, six or eight. This is because even numbers are subconsciously divided into equal halves by the mind to reinforce a man-made, orderly aesthetic. Odd numbers cannot be subconsciously divided into equal halves, so the composition is interpreted as more naturalistic and the mass appears more unified. Varying textures and colors keeps it interesting and avoids the "cookie cutter" look.
Read Fine Gardening Magazine's informative Plant Buy Number article here.
Color in the Garden 
To get the most pop in flowerbed, use contrasting colors and textures.

Color is one of the most important considerations in garden design and one of the easiest 
to implement and do like a pro! 

Color Theory in the Garden

Color is one of the most visible ways of expressing your personality in the garden. A color palette can be bold and playful or restrained and demure. It can excite or calm. Color can brighten up a dark corner or add depth and interest to any design. Color allows us paint our personalities in the garden.

Don't be afraid to experiment. The best way to learn how to use color in the garden is to try different combinations and decide what you like and don't like. Before purchasing, hold plants up next to each other. Do they work together? Do you like the mix? Whether you're a novice gardener or an expert, understanding the basic principles of color theory can help you choose appealing combinations and allow you to create different moods in your garden space.

Color Basics and the Color Wheel

Color wheels are a fun and easy way of understanding color relationships.


Primary Colors - red, yellow, and blue 

Secondary Colors - mixing two primary colors together: orange (red and yellow), green (yellow and blue) and purple (red and blue) 

Intermediate or Tertiary Colors - colors that are created by mixing a primary and a secondary color, for example, blue-green

Neutral Colors - black, white, and gray 

A hue is just a fancy name for a pure color that contains no black, white, or gray. Its value is an indication of how light or dark it is; tints are colors mixed with white; tones are colors with grays; and shades are colors mixed with black. Saturation is the intensity of the color, how bright or dull it is.


Warm colors (reds, oranges, and yellows) jump out at you. They fall on the right side of the color wheel.

Cool colors (blues, purples, and greens) recede into the background. They can be found on the left side of the color wheel.


Creating Color Schemes 

There are many ways of combining colors for different effects. Colors change constantly depending on their surroundings. They are influenced by neighboring colors, as well as light, texture, and other variables. A color's brightness will be enhanced when it is placed next to a contrasting color (one that falls opposite it on the color wheel). It will decrease in intensity when placed next to an analogous color (one that lies next to it on the color wheel).


Combining bright and dark colors

will heighten the intensity of the colors in any composition. Placing small areas of light color on a dark background (or vice versa) creates a powerful color accent. Below are some color schemes that can inspire many exciting garden combinations.


Monochromatic: Uses one color with its different values (tints, tones, and shades). This can be used to emphasize texture and details (bark, berries, foliage, and flower form) in the design. Since the color palette is less distracting to the eye, you are able to appreciate the architecture and the texture of the plants.


Analogous or Harmonious: Uses colors that lie next to each other on the color wheel. They share similar pigments and tend to blend with each other; creating very little contrast. This can be very elegant and restful. With hot colors it can be cheery.


Complementary or Contrasting: Uses colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel. These combinations stand out and provide high contrast. Such combinations are often used in advertising because they catch your attention. Saturated colors have high levels of contrast while muted tints, tones, and shades reduce the intensity of any complementary scheme.


Design Tips

 -When combining colors, remember the rule of repetition. A design will look too busy unless you repeat colors and shapes throughout the composition.

-Choose several dominant colors and accent them with subordinate colors. You do not want the colors to clash or compete with each other for your attention. 

-Remember that your color palette can change through the seasons, depending on what is in flower. Make sure that plants intended to complement each other flower at the same time. 

-Pale colors, yellows, and whites reflect light and illuminate shady spots. 

-Bright colors work well in full sun. Colors may fade in intense sunlight--colors that would be garish in part-shade can look glorious in full sun. Pastels will fade to a grayish white in bright light. 

-Cool colors (blues and purples) and pale shades create a sense of depth in the garden. Bright colors bring the garden to the fore and make it look closer. 

-When using bright and dark colors, pay attention to the value of the color (how light or dark it is). Bright yellow can compete with bright blue but may look out of place with pale blue. Pale blue and pale yellow work together as do deep blue and pale yellow.

-White neutralizes loud color combinations. It separates colors and stops them from blending into one another. White shows up well at night, creates a sense of depth in the garden, and will brighten any planting, making other colors look richer.

-Combine blues with silver foliage plants to intensify the color. Blue adds depth and can be livened up with white, yellow, or orange. Don't place blue in a dark-green setting, it will disappear. Different shades of blue can be a challenge to combine--bright blues may make deep purple-blues look washed out. 

-Red adds energy and excitement. This bold color works well as an accent and to highlight an area. Blues and silvers cool down reds and tame some of their intensity. Pinks are an agreeable tint of red that combine easily with each other and other colors.

-Yellow can be loud and brassy; it catches light and brightens any area. Bright yellows combine well with hot colors (red and orange.) Pale yellows combine beautifully with blue. Yellow is an intense color that should be used sparingly; white helps to diffuse the intensity.

Green is hardly a boring color in the garden. Combining different shades of green--from chartreuse to silvery blue-green--can create an exciting composition. Remember the importance of foliage texture when working with greens.

-Silver foliage picks up light and creates drama. Gray intensifies other colors, making them glow.

-When experimenting with colors, remember to take into consideration the plants' growing requirements (sun/shade/soil type), and pay attention to maintenance requirements. reprinted from New York Botanical Gardens website.

Outdoor Living- Bringing The Indoors Out

When you buy a home, you aren't just buying the house. You are also investing money into real estate and it doesn't make sense to let all that space go to waste. Here in Georgia we can spend several months of the year "living" outdoors. And eating, relaxing, napping, reading and entertaining too! Adding living areas in the back yard is one of the least expensive remodels you can do. If you already have a back deck or patio, you have a great start. A pergola overhead with lush vines for shade is a great way to create a soothing resting and eating spot. 
Or you can have a roof installed overhead for complete sun and rain protection to really make the space useful. While it's important to make sure your outdoor room is protected from potentially harsh weather conditions, it should ultimately feel like an extension of your home's interior.
An outdoor "kitchen" is a must for outdoor living spaces and can be anything from a grilling area to an elaborate outdoor gourmet kitchen. But every cooking area should include counter space and a sink for prepping and washing.
 Click here for Outdoor Living Ideas and photos from DIY Network
First Impressions and creating "curb appeal".
The first impression of a home is seen from the road and this home needs some curb appeal. The long walk to the front door is boring and the landscaping is monotonous and lacks coherence. There are many ways to create curb appeal- see below.
A sidewalk that curves as it leads to the front door has more appeal than a straight line. Added color and texture from the shrubs, grasses and ground covers that anchor the sidewalk beds makes it interesting. 
Another example of a sidewalk that curves as it leads to the front door with added color from flower beds to make it interesting.
A picket fence halfway up the front lawn breaks up the long distance to the door and adds classic charm. Colorful shrubs finish the look.
Examples of curb appeal, verses lack of curb appeal. You don't have to spend a fortune to make your home look inviting, and this is a critical aspect if you are selling your home. 
For maximum curb appeal, the entry way to your home should be warm and inviting.

 Potted plants, window boxes, and interesting flower beds leading to the front door are all inexpensive ways to say "welcome".
Too often, this back yard is what happens when you go to a nursery and pick up things you like with no plan of where to put them. This creates what we call a "hodge podge". Before going to a nursery, take pictures and measurements of the areas you want to landscape. Knowledgeable professionals will guide you and keep you from making this costly mistake.