You have a nice home, but the property that surrounds it is not all that big. In highly populated neighborhoods and crowded urban locations, it's fairly common for there not to be a lot of ground around a home, which can make it a little difficult to do any landscaping. Landscaping is possible in small yards, but it is a challenge, and you have to be careful with the choices you make so things don't look even more crowded than what the already are. There are a few important tips to remember when landscaping your smaller-than-usual property.
Make and plan your landscaping concept.
If you have a larger landscape area to work with, you have a little bit of wiggle room to make some mistakes. But if your yard is small, you can't just go in all willy-nilly and start dropping in plants and placing stepping stones. You will want a good plan of action in place. Draw a diagram with scaled measurements, look at what you have, and consider what would be logical implementations before you head out to pick up what you need. Doing this will prevent you from buying too much and ending up with far too many plants that you feel you must integrate because you've already paid for them.
Pick a few colors and stick with them.
From the multiple shades of green of ornamental grasses, shrubs, and non-flowering plants to the beautiful rainbow of colorful flowers, it's easy to find many you like and decide you want them included in your landscape. However, with a small space, too much color will just make everything look cluttered because there will be too much to focus on at one time. Instead, pick out a color scheme of no more than a few complementing shades. For example, you could pair dark ivy with light cedar shrubs and pop in some light pink peonies for a pop of brightness.
Create visual diversity and harmony with consistent texture.
Just like plants and landscape features can have different colors, they can also have variant textures. If you want a continuous, harmonious appearance in spite of the small space, make sure you are careful with the different textures you choose and consider continuity with your decisions. Balance out the different points of interest by pairing similar textures. For example, if you have spiny orchard grass as a border plant paired with a wispy dwarf willow shrub on one side, follow suit with the other.
For more information, contact a landscape design service near you.