Landscaping should be fun, right? There are so many varieties of plants, hardscaping materials, pool features, colors, textures, and so much more. But with so many options, it can be overwhelming, making it easy to make some of these most common landscaping mistakes. The good news is that you have a trusted landscaping team on your side to help you plan your design, implement, and give you the knowledge to best care for the plants in your yard after it’s complete. So before you start digging into your yard, read these mistakes that your fellow Simi Valley neighbors could be making and get in touch with Swink’s Creations for professional help.
Skipping the Color
A large part of what makes landscaping such a challenging venture is that there is so much to know about different types of plants, what they need, and in what conditions or climates certain plants can thrive. So when you head out to purchase plants for your yard, you may not really see them at their fullest potential. Another thing to consider is when the plants have their color. You could be choosing plants that all have white blossoms. Or flowers with all blue petals. A monochromatic design can be great when done right, but there are a lot of colors that you can use that could step your design up a few notches.
Too Much Color
On the other hand, there is such a thing as using too much color in your design. This mistake can lead to an overwhelming palette and your eyes won’t know where to go to first. If you want a colorful landscape (and who doesn’t?), there is a right and a wrong way to do it. Start by choosing a single color that you may want to focus on. Then, take a look at a color wheel and look at that color’s complementary and contrasting colors. This will help you decide which colors, and which plants, will go well together. Just remember, that when there is an overwhelming amount of color, it can be distracting and maybe even a little stressful.
Have you ever walked around your Simi Valley community and saw a house that was so full of flowers, trees, and shrubs that the overall look of it was just too much? The last thing you want in your yard is a messy, unorganized look. And this is where having a knowledge of how plants grow and live can come in handy. When you plant baby shrubs, do some research to see how tall they will grow, how much space they need in between plants, and how to care for them. An overgrown yard, or an overplanted landscape, is hardly attractive and can actually harm the plants themselves.
If your Simi Valley home has a large yard, you probably won’t want to plant a small shrub and call it good. Likewise, if you have a smaller yard, you won’t want to overwhelm the space with big, bushy trees. Take some time to look at the dimensions of your yard and find plants that will fit the space. If you start with finding plants that you want based only on aesthetics, you may end up with a landscape design that is out of scale.
What do the Plants Need?
It’s easy to shop for everything that you find pleasing, but there’s so much more to developing a design than what will match your style and personality. You have to think about what the plants need as well. And this can actually be more important than what you need or want for your design. If you choose a plant that will only struggle in the Simi Valley climate, your time and money will be ill spent. Take note of the plants’ needs, including water and shade requirements, and soil preferences. When the conditions are right, and the right care is given, you can have a successful garden or yard. If they aren’t, then even the best care and attention won’t be enough.
Planting Incompatible Plants
When researching what each plants specific needs are, consider also where you are planting them. You may want to put some plants together because they have complementary colors, but do they have the same light, shade, and watering needs? When one plant needs just a little water, and another loves water, even though they may look fantastic next to each other, it will be incredibly difficult to give them what they need individually. Again, landscaping takes a lot of knowledge and a lot of forethought.
This blog has focused mainly on using plants and flowers effectively, but don’t forget about including architectural elements as well. It could be as simple as a sitting area with a bench or using unique pots, or more in-depth such as a retaining wall, pergola, or arbors. These structures can be used to train vine plants such as honeysuckle, morning glories, or currants to grow on them. Using a variety of materials, as well as plants, will go a long way in developing a beautiful and cohesive landscape.
The word texture comes into play in a variety of industries that you may not think of, landscaping is one of them. Thinking about texture, you may think that all plants have the same texture — soft flower petals, rough tree bark, etc. But there is actually a lot of dimension that can be added when trying to implement texture in your design. Think about the shape, size, and various shades of the leaves. Different types of trees and other plants have their own unique texture that can be utilized to create a landscape with many features.
As you can see, there’s a lot that goes into designing a landscape. At Swink’s Creations, we have a team of passionate designers and landscaping professionals who want to work with you to create a beautiful backyard. With our knowledge, experience, and passion for design, you can avoid these mistakes, and the expense and time that would go into fixing them. Get in touch with us today for a consultation!