Landscape design is one of the defining features of a house that has a huge impact on curb appeal and can ultimately add value to a property. Your Winnetka, IL, home can benefit from a beautiful area dedicated just to plantings. Here are some ideas for bringing new life into your landscape:
Pops of Color
One sure way to get instant curb appeal for your home is to incorporate lots of color with flowers or foliage with fun hues. Traditional annuals include geraniums, pansies, marigolds, snapdragons, zinnia, and begonias.
Known for being low maintenance, marigolds’ blooms will continue on until the first frost. Geraniums are known for their range of colors and will provide you with beautiful colors upon a backdrop of lush, emerald green foliage. If you’re looking for more beautiful foliage ideas, look no further than hostas. Hostas come in such a wide range of colors, like green, blue, even white, that they can accent any lineup. These plantings can be installed in mulched beds for a neat, tidy look.
You could have alternating plants to add some interest or split each type of plant or flower into their own distinct sections. Consider adding a mulched row along the border of your house, or even as a decorative border for your walkways or driveway.
Adding edible plantings to your home is a great way to add function to your landscape design. Many edible plants can be very beautiful in addition to supplementing your kitchen.
One particularly gorgeous edible plant is the blueberry bush, with gorgeous red foliage in the fall, pretty white bell-shaped flowers in the spring, and, of course, blueberries in the summer! One solid benefit of blueberry bushes is that they are hardy perennials and can continue to grow stronger year after year.
Another great option for edible landscaping is an herb garden. Fragrant green herbs like thyme, sage, oregano, basil, and rosemary make excellent border plants and can be cut as needed for use in the kitchen. Use untreated cedar mulch for edible landscaping as it can deter pesky bugs, is safe for plants, and smells wonderful!
Installing perennial plantings is a savvy choice for homeowners who want a landscape of longevity. Perennial plants come back year after year, often bigger and stronger than the previous year, with minimal need for care.
Some classic perennial superstars are roses, peonies, and hydrangeas. Roses are of course known for their timeless beauty and amazing fragrance. Choose between a vining rose or a tea rose bush depending on where you plan to install them. Peonies are a great choice because their foliage makes a great backdrop for other plantings. Hydrangeas produce large clumps of beautiful blue, purple, pink, or white flowers and can even be cut to bring inside for a stunning arrangement! Best of all, these plantings will all last for years.
No matter what type of plantings you decide to go with for your landscape design, they’re sure to spruce up your Winnetka, IL, property. Whether you have a mulched bed or paver planters, pops of color and lush foliage are sure to bring out the best in your home. If you need more help deciding on which landscape design is right for you, contact us today.