Homeowners around the country are finally coming out of a fog that set in during the recession that began way back in the last decade. For so long the economy just wasn’t what it should have been and so people just weren’t putting money into their homes as they had once done. Also, new homes were not selling so construction companies and their landscaping teams just weren’t focusing on aesthetic appeal. They were cutting costs to a bare minimum in order to maybe make a sale. Now, the economy is recovering and as a result, homeowners are once again looking at home improvements. If you are looking to work on the exterior of your home, how about creating landscaping that WOWs?
Choosing the Right Shrubbery and Foliage
While some homeowners opt for flowers to add a bit of color, it could be a wrong choice if that is all you are allowing to add color to the exterior of your home. Do you live in a northern climate where flowers die out through the winter months? If so, do use flowers but also add to the effect with shrubbery and foliage that lasts throughout the years. For example, holly berries are a lovely red in winter months and these form amazingly beautiful shrubs (bushes) to surround the home or the grounds. Then there are juniper trees that have those beautiful opalescent berries that are also on the trees during winter months. Choose some color that will bloom in each season of the year.
Landscaping Rocks for the Ultimate in Visual Appeal
There is nothing quite like the visual appeal of some of nature’s most beautiful natural stone for landscaping that WOWs. Whether you choose granite, marble or any other notoriously lovely stones, the amazing effects you can create with stone are sure to set your home apart from others in the neighborhood. Build natural walls with the aesthetic appeal of landscape rocks or use stepping stones on the walkway, pavers in the driveway or even lovely Zen meditation rock gardens. You can’t go wrong with nature’s finest!
The Beauty of Ambient Exterior Lighting
Finally, you should bring it all together with ambient exterior lighting. A few well-placed spot lights in varying colors will accentuate your landscaping but will also set the mood for those walking up in evening hours. It is possible to find LED garden lights that work off the energy they’ve collected from the sun during daylight hours but are dual powered to run on electricity when their solar batteries have been depleted. In either case, ambient lighting throughout your landscaping is what will truly set your home apart from others on your block.
So, the economy is improving and you are finally ready to sink money into your home. It doesn’t matter if you are getting ready to put it on the market for sale or are simply looking for more enjoyment out of your grounds. Keep these ideas in mind for landscaping that WOWs and you will have a home and garden to be truly proud of.