This is a stunning and colorful landscaped garden design with floral abundance and a feature water fountain and pond in the background.
Welcome back to even more Landscape and Garden Design Ideas (Part 2) where we add to the previous gallery post of ideas with 30 more beautiful and stunning examples of fantastic landscaping and gardening designs. We adore beautiful landscape ideas and love sharing these with you. We do hope that what you find here provides some real inspiration when it comes to developing your own home landscape concepts and ideas.
We’re also adding some tips about landscaping your home to help you maximize your home value because investing in your own home garden area with good quality landscape design and quality plantings will definitely provide additional value to your home. There’s no definitive answer as to exactly what percentage increase you should expect when investing in your landscaping, however some people have invested sums of $20,000 in landscaping their yard and garden areas, and seen returns of up to $200,000 additional value within a year. So there is definite value in allocating a good portion of your makeover, or renovation budget to the landscaping of your home (if you are wanting to increase its desirability and its value)
Here are some interesting pointers from the Blog Article by Jacqui Thompson in 7 Landscaping Tips to Increase your Property’s Value
- Trees increase value: Australian research found that a broad-leafed tree located on a street verge in front of a home increases the median property price
- Choose a leafy street: A case study, put together by an Australian City Council, found “leafy streets, with 50 per cent or more tree cover, contributed approximately 5 per cent more to the median house sale price.
- Landscaping achieves high-value returns: A Michigan University study found that homeowners achieved more than a 100 per cent return on every landscaping dollar spent – higher than any other home improvement.
- Good landscape design increases value: The same Michigan University research found good landscape design – as judged by plant type, size and design sophistication – increased perceived home value by around 5–11 per cent.
This is a mature garden landscape setting with small concrete tiled patio pad and a relaxed timber swing seat.
Matthew Carroll from Nursery & Garden Industry Australia and creator of online gardening resources Hortiman and Hortipedia provided his top 7 gardening tips for improving your home’s value.
1. Defining lawn edges
At the very least mow and edge your lawn. Edging your lawn makes a garden (or yard) look restrained and tamed, which gives it the appearance of lower maintenance – a popular selling point.
2. Solve problems with plants
Addressing your property’s shortfalls such as busy roads or being overlooked by neighbours can be solved by planting-out your gardens. Plants may not initially create a full visual barrier, or any real sound improvement, but the perceived improvement from a buyer’s point of view will be worth it.
3. Mulch and weed
Weeding and mulching your plant beds will help your garden appear low-maintenance and well kept. Choose a utility mulch such as pine bark or forest fines, as they look neater, and when you’re selling, it’s less about function and more about appearance.
4. Limit the number of plant species
Minimising the number of plant species in your garden will make your garden appear easier to maintain and give it a more uniform look. Don’t be afraid to create some plant diversity as it does encourage biodiversity, is good for the local ecology, helps reduce pest impact, extends flowering times and generally looks more interesting, but just don’t go overboard.
5. Lay new lawn
A lush lawn will make any home sparkle. If you need to plant new grass seed, or start over from scratch, choose a grass option that you can afford but that will still look good and be relatively easy to maintain. If your lawn is looking a bit patchy or has browned-off over the hotter months, you could over-sow with a lawn seed blend typically made up primarily of fescue and rye grasses. This will thicken up and green the lawn. Alternatively, you could look to lay ‘ready lawn’ (Pre grown lawn that can be delivered and laid in strips without having to wait for the seed to grow)
6. Add colour and form
Add welcoming planters to entranceways featuring clipped topiary, and ensure you fill any other pots in garden areas with bright flowering annuals or perennials to give your garden an immediate lift.
7. Prune conservatively
The aim is to make your home look well-maintained and cared for, and pruning or tidying up plants and trees will achieve great results, but don’t get too carried away, you don’t want your garden to look hacked bare.
To see Part One of this two-part post on Landscape and Garden Design Ideas, click here