FRONT YARD LAND­SCAP­ING 101

CREATE THE PER­FECT SET­TING TO AC­CEN­TU­ATE YOUR HOME’S EX­TE­RIOR WITH THESE TIPS FROM THE EX­PERTS.

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• Use plants that work in your en­vi­ron­ment. In the desert, cacti and suc­cu­lents will thrive; plus they have an ar­chi­tec­tural qual­ity that pro­vides visual in­ter­est. In other parts of the coun­try, try San­se­vieria or Equise­tum.

• Pick plants that have visual in­ter­est, but not so dis­tract­ing as to draw at­ten­tion away from fo­cal points.

• Some­times less is more! “Don’t overdo it. You can al­ways add more later. So maybe do a first wave of plant­ing to see if that’s enough to sat­isfy the look of the yard,” ad­vises Howard.

• Keep the in­ter­est­ing parts of the land­scap­ing and the yard close to the house. This cre­ates a clean buf­fer of sim­ple dé­cor, al­low­ing visual in­ter­est to fo­cus on the home.

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