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The Perfect Backyard Doesn't Just Look Good, it Sounds and Smells Good, Too

by Brett Freeman, All About Lawns Columnist

Often when people embark on a backyard landscaping project, they focus exclusively on what looks good. There is nothing wrong with this, but it ignores the fact that vision is but one of our senses. A truly complete backyard should appeal to more than just the eyes.

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Backyard Landscaping: Adding Aroma

There are numerous plants that can make your backyard smell wonderful, and many of them aren't even flowers. Shrubs such as tea olives and wax myrtles have wonderfully fragrant leaves. Both can be planted in rows to form a hedge, so they can make an appealing border to your deck or patio. Pruning them lightly throughout the summer can release even more aroma.

Herbs such as thyme and rosemary are both attractive and pleasant smelling. Thyme typically does well in planters and pots, and is pretty enough to be included in flower gardens. Rosemary likewise does well in pots, and it can be trimmed into practically any shape. It can also perfume more than just the air: if you lightly squeeze the branches of a rosemary plant, your hands should smell good for hours.

Dwarf citrus trees won't necessarily provide any viable fruit, but their blossoms can perfume the air in your backyard for weeks in the springtime. And vines like honeysuckle and jasmine look and smell wonderful growing on lattice and on trellises. They also attract hummingbirds, adding even more color to your backyard.

Relax With the Sound of Running Water

The perfect backyard shouldn't just look great and smell great, it should also sound great. A backyard pond or fountain can add the sound of softly rippling water even if the nearest stream is miles away. Home improvement or landscaping supply stores carry backyard pond kits as well as fountains that are relatively easy to install.

For more ambitious folks, many specialty landscaping stores traditionally carry water pumps, decorative stones, and plastic liners that allow you to design and build your own fountain or pond.

About the Author
Brett Freeman is a freelance journalist. He also owns a landscaping and irrigation company in North Carolina. Previously he has worked as a beat reporter, a teacher, and for a home improvement company, and he used to own a bar/live music venue.

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