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Are you considering Lafayette landscape design? It’s almost springtime in the Bay Area (March 20th), and that means gardening season for many local residents. So, if you’re feeling inspired to get outside after being cooped up all winter, here are 7 quick tips from a professional landscape architect to help spruce up your yard.

1) Add Texture

Adding different textures to your property is a simple way to create a sense of movement and diversity. For example, you can add soft, wispy foliage around hard elements in your landscape design. Or, pair plants with contrasting colors to really make them stand out more.

2) Hummingbird Feeder

Hummingbirds are bright and beautiful, but even hummingbird feeders can be ornamental. These days, there are many varieties on the market, including colorful glass designs. Feeders are easy to install and maintain, and birdwatching is a wholesome hobby the entire family can enjoy together.

3) Stepping Stones

Stepping stones come in a variety of shapes and styles and they’re an easy way to make a footpath more attractive. During the rainy season, stepping stones are even practical. They prevent you from having to walk through the mud, which means your home stays cleaner, too. Another option is to plant a flowering groundcover around the stepping stones.

4) Birdbath or Fountain

Birdbaths and fountains both come in many shapes, sizes, and designs. As an added bonus, the new water source will draw entertaining birds to your yard. They love to bathe, especially on warm days. Fountains also have a soothing sound. Many people enjoy the sound of running water. If you’re looking for a more dramatic water element in your yard, like a waterfall or pond, a landscape architect can help you with a custom design. Koi ponds are an attractive option. 

5) Add Climbing Flowers to Your Fence

There are many kinds of sweet flowering plants that will grow along a fence, such as jasmine and honeysuckle. You could also plant a berry bush, like blackberries, or create a living fence with a manicured hedge. Either look adds a charming country element to an urban backyard. 

6) Soften Hard Edges

Going back to texture, grasses can be used to soften hard edges, or hide borders. We often think of lawns, but there are other kinds of decorative grass. A landscape architect can recommend the best plants for your yard, but there are lots of ways to soften edges with cascading foliage. 

7) Flowering Shrubs

Flowering shrubs are a quick way to add both color and fragrance to your yard. You can pop them in the ground in an afternoon to add some extra beauty to your home. Shrubs also tend to be a low maintenance plant. Most of them are fairly hardy. Be sure to read labels to find out how tall the shrub will grow, though. There’s a huge diversity, and some grow quite large. This will also help you choose the best location for planting your new shrub.

Talk to a Landscape Architect

Do you have questions about Lafayette landscape design? If you’re looking for more dramatic changes, talk to a landscape architect today by calling (925) 200-3661. You can also schedule a consultation online by clicking this link.