New Ideas For Landscaping – North York Yard Design

Every two or three years, it is worth taking a close look at your home landscape to see what needs updating. Just like a fresh coat of paint can totally change the character of a room in your house, a new addition or upgrade to your landscape can give it a new feel, whether your taste tends toward classic, modern or eclectic.

Ornamental Grasses

Ornamental grasses are great way to give your yard a more contemporary style. In a planting bed or planter, grasses provide a dramatic contrast to the rest of your landscape. Generally speaking, there are grasses in the medium height range, about 24 to 30 inches, and taller grasses that can get up to six feet or more. Most of the native ornamental grasses look their best in fall, but also add interest in winter with tall spikes of dormant foliage.

Edible Landscaping

Food producing plants don’t have to stay in the vegetable garden or orchard. Blueberries grow on attractive bushes that fit with most landscape styles. Strawberries spread just as fast, if not faster, than most groundcovers you plant. Fruit trees flower and look just as nice as many ornamental flowering trees. Apples, pears, cherries and peaches can all be grown in Ontario. Talk to your North York landscapingspecialists about the best variety for your conditions.

Art for the Garden

Every yard or landscape should have some kind of focal point. It doesn’t have to be an ornamental tree; art in the garden can provide a unique character and point of interest. A classical statue in a formal garden, a metal sculpture in a modern landscape or even an ornamental iron fence are a few examples. An original art piece is something that no one else will have, and it often brings special meaning to the landscape.

Light it Up

Landscape lighting can be soft and subtle or colourful and dramatic. With new LED lighting systems almost anything is possible. Even better, the energy use is a small fraction of traditional outdoor lighting.

When the days are short, landscape lighting helps you enjoy your yard into the evening, even if you are looking at it from inside. Pathway lights or spotlights on trees are the most popular choices. It doesn’t take much to make a significant difference in your yard.

Any of the ideas above are effective starting points for renovating your landscape. North York has qualified landscape service companies that can help you plan and install the landscape you want. Whether it is a new planting bed, walkway, lighting or a complete redo of your backyard, all it takes is a place to start.

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