Transforming your yard into a beautiful showcase for plants and flowers takes a lot of planning. You not only have to choose the right plants that will thrive in your space, you also have to look at how your lot is sloped and how well the soil drains. You may need to move some earth around to achieve the look you desire. It all starts with a good landscape design. You might want to hire a designer to help even if you plan to do most of the labor yourself. These are some things you may want to include in your landscaping plan.

Drainage Away From Foundation

One problem with planting flowers and plants near your home is that they can hold water against the foundation. You'll want to include a way for water to drain away from your house when it rains. This includes having gutters that work properly and having the slope of your yard slant away from your house. Be sure you don't create a slope that moves water toward your foundation if you create a mound for your flower bed or plant row.

A Patio Area

A landscape design isn't complete without a patio or at least a sitting area. You may want this near the back of your home for easy access, so you might need to flatten that portion of your yard and compact the soil so you can pour concrete or put in pavers. You might want to include built-in planters for elevating and highlighting pretty plants and flowers around the edges of the sitting area.

Walkways Through The Yard

Walkways aren't always necessary, but they can add a decorative touch to your yard and enhance your landscape design. Make the walkways out of decorative river rocks, pavers, or even mulch for visual appeal and to create a functional way to move around your yard without wearing down your grass. Walkways can meander through a butterfly garden or lead to a fire pit.

Plants And Flowers

Choosing the right plants and flowers for your yard can be the most difficult thing of all. In addition to picking out the ones you like, you also need to arrange them so they are attractive rather than looking like they are just placed in your yard randomly. This is where a landscape designer is especially helpful. Plants are grouped according to their needs for sun and water. They are arranged according to height and color for optimal visual appeal. Most importantly, you want plants that will thrive without constant care from you.

Planning your landscape design can be exciting and fun, especially when you see your design come to life as you add things to your yard. By having a good design in place before you begin, your plants will have a better chance of survival and you're more likely to love the end results of your labor.