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ways to put all of this together to create your own living work of art. For just have to wait a little longer for them to fill out. But if you are making the
example, a garden filled with white blooms tends to be more fragrant. If you investment in your home, you probably plan on being there long enough for
prefer something with a tranquil feel, you should head towards pastels. Perhaps that to happen. If you do prefer a more mature plant, you may not have to look
any further than what is already there. You may
you really want to make a statement with the use of bolder colors. already have a beautiful tree
Something else to keep in mind is that there are different colors during or plant that doesn’t look like it just because the placement is off. Ogden has
different seasons. The foliage in fall will add a little something different come used existing mature plants and just transplanted them to a more aesthetically
October. And just because winter has come, does not mean that your garden pleasing place.
should have to go. Judy Ogden of Ogden’s Design and Plantings, has a flair for
“seasonal interest” gardens. She uses textures and colors in a way that “tran-
scends the seasons”. Peter Anthony of Peter Anthony Landscaping, who won
HGTV’s Landscaper’s Challenge, has noticed the use of evergreens becoming
more popular, as they lend color to the landscape all year round.
Besides the plantings, some attention should be paid to the hardscape. A
“hot” trend this year is fire. Not to say that setting your yard ablaze is the direc-
tion you should take. Yes it will lend some color for a bit, but the nice people
at your local fire department may take issue with this. What I am talking about
is a more controlled, confined fire. Fire pits and barbecues made from natural
stone or brick give you a place to entertain while adding to your outdoor atmo-
sphere.
With the economy being as scary as it is, some of this probably seems kind
of daunting and expensive. You may think that it is just not something you
want to invest in right now. But, there are ways for you to make your yard more
appealing, without breaking the bank.
Sean Boehle of Kelly Brother’s Landscaping suggests the use of younger Rather than using a lot of plants to fill up a space, use one main plant as your
plants. They tend to be less expensive than the more mature versions. You focal point and smaller plants to surround and accent it, suggests Jim Morgan
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