One of the more satisfying ways to enjoy your home and add to its beauty is to enhance your property with a variety of plants, flowers, shrubs and other flora. A well designed garden will give you many hours of pleasure and can be an excellent setting as a backdrop for outdoor entertaining.
Landscaping your yard is also one great way to add value to your property. In a recent survey by a national landscaping trade association known as PLANET found “a rising trend among consumers increasing their investments on outdoor living spaces, including patios, decks, walkways and other specialized services such as lighting and irrigation systems.”
In Los Angeles, most residents hire landscapers for the design and upkeep of their gardens. Fortunately, some of the best landscapers are right here in the city, according to a recent article by CBS News.
Some of the leading trends in home gardens, according to Better Homes and Gardens, include the following features. If you’re planning a new garden you may want to make note of some of these popular trends.
Say It with Flowers
They say we should all take the time to “stop and smell the flowers,” and raising some fragrant flora of your own is a great way to ensure that you always can do just that.
According to Better Homes and Gardens, some of the most fragrant flowers for your garden are, Dianthus, Gardenia, Nicotiana, Sweet Autumn Clematis, Oriental Lily, Garden Phlox, Rose, Sweet Pea, Lily-of-the-Valley, Hyacinth, Iris, Lilac, Flowering Crabapple, Heliotrope, Lavender, Sweet Alyssum, Peony, Moonflower and Southern Magnolia.
One of the best parts of variegated foliage is that it lasts all season and can be extremely attractive. Some examples are ‘Emerald ‘n’ Gold’ euonymus, ‘Emerald Gaiety’ euonymus and ‘Moonshadow’ euonymus, which combine beautiful flowers with stunning foliage.
Planted bulbs yield a wonderful variety of styles and colors. One of the most attractive parts of raising them is that they require little care. A trowel and a bag of bulbs is just about all it takes to create a gorgeous display.
If you think that bouquets have to be all flowers, you may be pleasantly surprised to know that clippings of fresh vegetables can be added to your floral arrangements – try radishes, carrots, flowering kale, squash blooms, chard, eggplant or even wax bean. You’ll enjoy the variety of color they will bring.