Sometimes it’s easy to forget how important it is to pay attention to what goes on outside the walls of your home. The property outside your house plays a big role in defining what your home looks like. So if you’re remodeling your Bonita Springs home, you’ll want to take a look at your landscaping as well.
To do that successfully, however, requires more than a quick trip to Home Depot or Lowes to buy whatever they have on sale in the garden center. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
Choose Plants That Do Well In Florida.
It may seem obvious, but let’s face it: a lot of people living in the Bonita Springs or Naples area aren’t natives. It’s not unusual for transplanted residents to choose plants and shrubs they know from other climates. But the Florida sun can be hard on some plants, so you’ll want to choose drought-tolerant plants that require less water, and plants that are resistant to local pests—rather than trying to treat non-native plants and shrubs with chemicals. Check out Floridayards.org for plants that will do well in your specific area.
Go For Foliage Instead Of Just Flowers:
It’s not that flowers won’t grow in Florida, but flowering plants often require more care (for things like deadheading). You may also want to choose larger plants because you can get away with fewer of them. Again, that means less maintenance for you.
Restrict The Variety Of Your Plants Somewhat.
While variety may be the spice of life, having too much variety in your yard plants can lead to a confusing, hodge-podge look. Having similar plants in different places lends a sense of consistency. Also, having the same kind of plants repeated throughout your yard will make it easier for you to maintain them.
Create Your Own Shade.
Use overhead structures such as arbors, pergolas, and trellises to provide shade where you don’t have (and perhaps don’t want) trees. It’s great to be outside in Florida, but we all need a break from the intense sun. Here’s a look at a creative use of a pergola that is designed to work in concert with the trees in the yard. The lighting also adds a bit of a magical look to the space after dark.
Don’t Forget Your Patio Or Deck.
Florida homeowners love to have patios and decks, but having plants in those areas make them even nicer. You can also use containers and planters—such as the ones you see here—in areas where there’s no soil. It’s a great way to bring color onto your patio or deck.
Use Non-Growing Materials As Well.
Not everything has to be planted. Short garden walls, low fences, and pathways can add great interest to your yard. You can also use low retaining walls to prevent erosion problems and to separate different kinds of flowerbeds. You can see from this image how the owners created two seating areas in the middle of the yard. And if you happen to have a larger gathering, the wall provides extra seating for guests—or a place to set down a glass or a dish.
Taking care of the area outside your home only enhances the look and comfort that you and your guests will enjoy inside your newly remodeled house.