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Back to the Basics: Backyard Landscaping Pointers

by AJ Fanter, All About Lawns Columnist

The summer has finally arrived! That means that you will be spending more time in your backyard, enjoying time with friends and family outside.

However, if your yard could use some serious improvement, here are just a few backyard landscaping design principles that will help you make the most of your space.
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Unity in Your Backyard

One of the main goals of any backyard landscaping project should be to achieve a sense of unity. This can be accomplished in your backyard via repetition, consistency or by selecting and designing your overall backyard landscaping around a particular theme.

Repetition in Your Backyard

Repetition is important because if you have too many different kinds of plants and decorative elements in your backyard, it can make your backyard look cluttered. In order to achieve a sense of repetition, choose selected plants or plant groups, and repeat them throughout your backyard.

Consistency in Your Backyard Landscaping

Along with repetition, it is important to have a sense of consistency in your backyard landscaping. Consistency refers to unifying a backyard by choosing plants that have similar height, color, sizes, and textures. By keeping your plant or decoration selections consistent, you create a sense of unity that makes it feel as if your backyard is not a series of bits and pieces stuck together, but a uniform whole. To create a sense of consistency you might choose two or three favorite colors and limit your plant selections only to those that feature your selected colors.

Your Backyard Theme

Of course, one of the simplest ways to unify your backyard landscaping is to choose a particular theme, such as a cottage, rose, or even a butterfly garden theme, and then design your backyard. Select only those plants and decorative elements that are appropriate for your preferred theme.

About the Author
AJ Fanter is a freelance writer based in Reno, NV.

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