Landscapes: 5 Different Styles for the Best Look
Updating your home’s landscape can be a fun and interesting process and can help you create a new and refreshing outdoor space for relaxing. Landscaping can make your outdoor space look more attractive, as you can make different changes in the design by adding ornamental features and planting trees and different types of flowers. Before starting the process of landscaping, it is important to plan ahead and decide what type of landscape you wish to build, as there are endless possibilities and different techniques that allow you to customize your property according to your needs and preferences.
Here are 5 different landscape styles for an interesting and beautiful look:
1- Monochromatic landscapes:
Monochromatic landscapes include plants and flowers that have one main color. For example, when you look at a monochromatic landscape, all you see is pink, or purple, or white among many others. However, this does not mean that other colors cannot be used as well. For example, green is an inevitable color in the landscape, which means that you can use it as a neutral color alongside the main color that you choose to use. You can also use different shades of the color you decided to incorporate in the landscape. For example, if you choose red as the main color, you can pair it with various pink tones, maroon, and burgundy. Bear in mind, as well, that it is important to create contrast in monochromatic gardens by using plants of different forms, sizes, and foliage.
2- Tropical landscapes:
Tropical landscapes are known to evoke a sense of relaxation and peace. They work best in warm and moist climates. However, it is also possible and surprisingly easy to create the tropical look in any climate. Large, lush, and bold foliage are often the main focus in a tropical landscape and can be combined with different colors. This type of landscapes gives many options to landscapers to choose from. In fact, you can choose any paving type to use with the greenery, especially light-colored natural stones. For example, rustic paving can create a very good look with ferns and creeping plants. Different shapes and textures can be used for plants and rocks and boulders would complement the tropical look really well.
3- Silver and grey landscapes:
In landscape design, focal points are usually bold, bright, and colorful. However, silver can play a major role in landscaping designs. Silvery plants can immediately attract our attention because of their unusual color and can be visually appealing. In fact, silvery plants can make for a great backdrop for other plants in your landscape because of their unusual colors. They help reflect the sunlight and require less watering than other plants. Silver and grey landscapes do not have to be completely silver, however. Lavender, Russian sage, licorice, and yellow archangel are great examples of plants that can be used in silver and grey landscapes. The purple, red, or yellow in these plants can add a touch of color to the landscape, but the main color that always stands out in them is the silver foliage.
4- Mediterranean landscapes:
Mediterranean landscapes are known for their pebbled walkways, bright colors, and patterned tiles. They are renowned for their casual elegance and formal accents and designs. Yet, they include relaxed materials and plants that provide texture and structure and a laid-back outdoor living. A Mediterranean style often includes Mediterranean edible plants and trees that can be harvested, such as rosemary, thyme, lavender, olive trees, citrus trees, grapes, etc. There is also emphasis on shade and raised garden beds. On the other hand, terracotta pots are also quite popular in Mediterranean landscapes, especially since they provide the opportunity to include a variety of plants in the landscape. Water features are also very common in this landscape style because they help cool the hot air during summer.
5- Low-maintenance landscapes:
Maintenance is a necessity in life, as everything we see, touch, and build requires maintenance every once in a while. And landscapes are no different, as they grow, change, and react differently according to the climate. In low-maintenance landscapes, designers seek to minimize the maintenance frequency as much as possible. The main strategy is using the right type of plants according to the location and weather. For example, using native plants that naturally grow in your region can limit the need for irrigation and the use of fertilizers. On the other hand, it is always recommended that you avoid using fast growing plants because they will need regular trimming. Mulch beds are also an alternative for grass, because when mulch breaks down, it naturally fertilizes your plants and prevents weed. You can also make use of potted plants to make the landscape more versatile as well as low-maintenance.
Combine Styles Together
Before you start with your landscaping process, you need to take into consideration the quality of the soil and all the rocks, weeds, animals, pests, and drainage issues that can harm or cause your plants to die. Once all problems that you might face when landscaping are solved, the next step is curating your landscape style. Choosing one particular style to create a lovely landscape can be a difficult and overwhelming task, as there are many styles that you can choose from. However, there is no single rule to follow when choosing your landscape design. It is sometimes okay to break the rules, and it is certainly okay to combine different styles together for a more interesting look.