Landscaping with gardens is an excellent way to improve curb appeal, increase your overall property value, and provide your household with free food throughout the year. Produce such as tomatoes, peppers, and squash are sure to add lots of color to your landscape design and offer you access to plenty of fresh ingredients for your meals on a regular basis. As long as your gardens are well designed and easily accessible, it should be fairly easy to care for them throughout the year. Here are four garden design ideas that may meet your specific needs and preferences:
You can effectively create a privacy hedge by planting gardens along the entire perimeter of your property. Install lattice of two or three inch height along the edge of your property line and plant vine veggies in front of the lattice so they'll grow up and along it to create extra privacy for your yard. Fill in the garden with topsoil for a clean look, and add a walkway in front of the gardens along the entirety of your property's perimeter. It's a good idea to make a small wall between the garden and gravel walkway using larger rocks about the size of your hand. Simply place a line of larger rocks where the topsoil of your gardens and the gravel walkway meet. This will keep the soil from spilling over into the walkway and minimize maintenance needs as time goes on.
Create an orchard look in your yard by planting your gardens in multiple rows and leaving space to walk between each one. Start by preparing garden plots of about 12 inches wide and four to six feet in length, and about two feet apart from one another so there's room to walk between them. Plant produce such as green beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, and eggplant along the prepared plots, and add a layer of topsoil to make the garden plots look uniform in size. Between each plot, put layers of gravel down to create paths that you can use to easily and quickly care for your plants.
Gardens with Water Features
If you want to create an upscale look, consider adding water features to your gardens. This can be done with the help of a couple solar water fountains and garden hoses. Create a simple water feature by making a flat space in your garden with gravel that your water fountain can sit on. The gravel will slow down any water that falls on it and help ensure that the fountain doesn't drown nearby plants. For a more dramatic look and feel, place a small black pond liner in the middle of your garden and pile gravel along the edges of it to make it look like it's built into the ground. Fill the pond liner with water and place a waterproof stand in the middle to put your fountain on top of. When turned on, the fountain will spray water into the pond liner and create a waterfall effect to enjoy.
If you're not interested in spending a lot of time caring for your gardens to ensure that they thrive, you can create a centerpiece garden or two that look impressive but don't require a lot of work. To make a centerpiece garden, place a large gardening pot or box of at about two feet in length and width where you want your garden to be. Paint the container or use stencils to decorate it to create a unique look that won't be found in other gardens throughout your community. Fill the container with topsoil and plant your choice of produce inside of it. Then put a layer of gravel around the container and place statues, garden gnomes, flamingos, or solar lights in the gravel around your centerpiece.
Consider implementing more than one different garden design to optimize texture, depth, and color enhancements throughout your property.