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Landscaping Guide For Homeowners

Hello, my name is Justin Malone and on this blog you'll find a lot of useful information about landscaping. When I moved into my newly built home, I didn't even have any grass in my yard, so I had to start from scratch. Before I tackled the project of landscaping my property, I did a large amount of research first. I learned how to plant grass seed, and when the grass started to grow, I researched planting trees. As my yard started taking shape, I planted shrubs and made flower beds. My next landscape project was building a fish pond and I completed it with ease after doing the research. I'm writing this blog as a guide for others who want to do their own landscaping and I hope that it helps you learn how to create a beautiful yard.

Design A Charming Pocket Garden

A pocket garden sounds a little like what it is – a small, tucked away garden. While not really the size of a pocket, the purpose of these gardens is to create a showy display in a small space. Quite often landscapers utilize these plantings to brighten an otherwise unused area. They're also useful for adding visual interest to small yards. Design a pocket garden that adds charm to your yard.

Decide on a Location

The first step to designing a pocket garden is deciding on a location. The same considerations, such as sunlight and soil quality, that pertain to any landscaping go for your pocket garden as well. All things being equal, though, evaluate your yard for any spots that need brightening. Likewise, consider how you want to use your space. For instance, a pocket garden is a charming vista for a path or your favorite lounge spot.

Build around a Focal Point

The next step is deciding on a focal point for your pocket garden. Yard ornaments such as bird baths and water fountains are traditional. However, as the Landscaping Network points out, you can also decorate with garden antiques such as ornate urns, old stone troughs, and antique planter boxes. This is ideal if you want your space to feel like a cottage garden.

Frame with Border Plants

One way to help define your space is by framing it with border plants. The traditional border plants are shrubs, especially boxwood. Using shrubbery to create a geometric shape around your pocket garden gives it a more formal ambience. However, if you fancy a rustic pocket garden, consider a border of ornamental grasses. Choose ones that grow low enough to keep the rest of your landscaping visual. You can also create a less distinct border with groundcover plants.

Add Pretty Flowers

Flowers can also be your border plants. Even if you go in another direction, you pocket garden should contain a variety of pretty blooms. As you're choosing your flowers, make sure they will all thrive in the soil and sun conditions of your pocket garden. Also, consider keeping them in a theme, such as in a color palette or the same type of flower. That will give your pocket garden cohesion.

Include other Colorful Plants

You'll want your pocket garden to be visually interesting even when the flowers aren't in bloom. Consider adding plants with variegated leaves, such as hosta, or textured leaves, such as lamb's ear and lady's mantle. Ornamental cabbage offers both, as do many types of ornamental grasses, such as little bluestem. Dot these all around your pocket garden for balance.

Brighten a corner of your yard with a charming pocket garden. Contact a company like Boulder Works to learn more.