Do you have a standard yard? Perhaps you have a lawn and a tree or two. Maybe you'd like to add a little personality to your yard, but you don't want to spend all your free time on landscaping. In fact, with a few easy additions, you can make over your yard to reflect a distinct personality.
Add a Water Fountain
An outdoor water fountain adds instant appeal to your yard. Not only do you have the fountain itself, but it also offers beauty in the interplay of light and water. What's more, the sound of water music provides a soothing backdrop to your outdoor activities. For ease of operation, consider a solar powered water fountain so you don't have to consider proximity to electricity. Place the fountain so you can enjoy the view both from indoors and outdoors. If you have a deck or patio, make sure you can enjoy the water music from there. You could either nestle the fountain in foliage or plant around the structure.
Line your Walkway with Flowers
An easy way to add curb appeal to your front yard is by adorning the walkway. If you don't mind getting your hands a little dirty, you could plant flowers. Simply choose a collection of flowers at your local nursery that appeal to you – just try to keep them around the same height. Before you plant them, line them along the walkway in their pots for placement. Make sure you're leaving enough space so they don't spread over the walkway itself. A little overlap is fine, but you don't want to create a walking hazard.
Add an Arbor
Another way to mix landscaping and hardscaping is with an arbor. You can choose a classic wooden arbor or look for a vintage piece. Place the arbor so it creates a bit of drama. For instance, it can serve as the entryway to your backyard. Plant climbers at the base and train them to grow over the structure itself for added charm.
Hang Pots on a Fence
If digging around in the dirt isn't your thing, Better Homes and Gardens suggests hanging pots on your fence. If you have a chain link fence, you can attach the pots with hooks. For wooden or metal fences, you may need to drill into the material itself. For the design, the site suggests choosing the same of style of pots in a set color palette. The plants themselves should be relatively hardy. With a potted fence, you still get to enjoy outdoor plant life without having to get your hands too dirty.
Update your yard with an easy mix of landscaping and hardscaping.