One of the biggest benefits of a beautiful landscape design is that it adds value to your home and your property. If you ever decide to sell your house, your landscaping will make it easier to find a qualified buyer and can even help you get a better selling price for your home. If your current landscaping efforts are lacking or you’re just not happy with the way things look, adding new elements to your landscaping is a wonderful way to breathe new life into your yard. Here are a few great low-maintenance options to incorporate into your landscaping this spring that won’t depend on your Denver sprinkler system
to grow and thrive.
Put in Some Decorative Seating Areas
What’s the point of taking the time to plant beautiful flowers, shrubs, and trees if you don’t get to spend time outside and enjoy them? If your landscaping is like most homeowners’ in the Denver area, it likely lacks comfortable seating areas where you can enjoy nature on those pleasant spring and summer days. Change things up and add some decorative seating options to your landscaping. If you have a shaded alcove, a decorative wrought-iron bench can add a touch of whimsy and class. If you have a little-used patio in place, adding comfortable outdoor loungers and chairs can make the space feel more inviting. Just make sure to choose furniture that’s sealed against the weather. Otherwise, you’ll have to spend time cleaning and maintaining it over the years.
If you love the look of flowers but hate having to plant new ones every spring, you don’t have to give up your desire for bright colors in your landscaping. You just need to switch from planting annual flowers to planting perennials. Perennials bloom throughout the growing season but rather than dying at the end of that growing season, perennials simply hibernate. They come back once the spring weather signals to the plant that the growing season is about to begin. As long as you stay on top of weeding and take care to adequately water the garden beds where the perennials are planted, you’ll be able to enjoy their flowers for years.
Install Ornamental Grasses
If you don’t care about brilliant colors and instead prefer different textures in your landscaping, consider adding ornamental grasses to some of your garden beds. These grasses require minimal upkeep and trimming throughout the year. Even better, they look great even in the winter, making your landscaping look more dynamic and interesting when others in your area are drab and boring. Like perennials, ornamental grasses are hardy and can withstand changing weather conditions without suffering long-term damage. Just make sure to choose grasses that are well-suited to the Denver climate.
Embrace Native Plants
The Front Range has tons of beautiful native plants that thrive with minimal water and require almost no upkeep. Unfortunately, those plants aren’t usually found in most modern landscapes. Why not add them to your own and enjoy the colors native to Colorado? Colorado wildflowers bloom for longer periods of time and can add beautiful colors and textures to otherwise boring flower beds. Lavender plants and lamb’s ears add textural visual appeal to your landscaping
while also attracting the beneficial pollinators that will only help your other plants grow more effectively.
Add Some Evergreens
Trees add tons of value to your property and the best ones to add to your landscaping are, hands down, evergreens. Plant native pines, juniper trees, and spruce around the perimeter of your yard to add privacy to your space. These trees are easy to care for and are more resistant to pests common to the Denver metro area.
Invest in Succulents
If you want to add pops of color to your garden but don’t want to deal with the increase in your water bill, consider adding succulents to the beds. There are hundreds of different types of succulents to choose from and many of them grow incredibly well in the Denver area. Remember, succulents aren’t cacti. They don’t all have spines and needles that put your kids and pets at risk of injury. Just look for succulents that you’ll enjoy having in your yard or ask your landscaping team for recommendations.
Spread Different Colors of Gravel
For some homeowners, the thought of adding more plants that require even minimal additional care isn’t appealing. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t transform your landscaping and make it look completely new and dynamic. The easiest way to do that is to spread different colors and types of gravel in areas of your yard where you don’t want active plant growth. The gravel will help keep weeds from becoming a problem in those areas and requires virtually no maintenance. All you have to do is sweep it back in place once you see some of the stones leaving the confines of the gravel bed.
Create a Rock Garden
Plants aren’t the only things you can add to a garden. In fact, many homeowners have successfully incorporated rock gardens into their landscape designs. All you need are a few interestingly shaped or colorful boulders arranged in a strategic manner and you’ll have an eye-catching centerpiece for your home’s landscaping. Even better, they’re virtually maintenance free and, as long as the boulders are set firmly in place by your landscaping expert, you won’t have to worry about them becoming dislodged over time.
Adding Depth and Fun to Your Landscaping Is Simple
Making your landscaping stand out from others on the block doesn’t have to mean investing in tons of expensive, high-maintenance plants. It just means getting creative about the features you add and making sure they’re the best options for your needs and your budget. That said, the best thing you can do for your monthly budget, regardless of your landscaping design is to make sure your sprinkler system is working properly. If you can’t remember the last time you got your system tuned up, a
ppeal and schedule an appointment as soon as you can.