Every landscaping plan has a few key elements. Of course, it includes plants such as trees, flowers and other vegetation. It’s also important to keep the hardscapes, such as patios and pathways, in mind. You need items from both of these categories that work well together to get the outdoor oasis you want.

Hardscapes
A professional landscaper can help you decide what you want your yard to look like. First, you need to think about how you plan to use the space. A solitary getaway may require extra structures for privacy or smaller seating areas built for only one or two people. If you want to entertain, you probably need to make sure there’s room for a deck or patio as well as a clear way to move between all the sections of the yard. Features such as fire pits or ponds add charming touches to your outdoor spaces. Plan the lighting you will need based on where you foresee people are likely to congregate the most. Choose the best materials for your build for longer lasting results.

Softscapes
Once you have the hardscapes and the basic layout of the yard planned, it’s time to add the living elements. A landscaping professional can tell you which plants grow best in your region, and it’s best to choose from them for easier maintenance. If there is a non-native plant you really must have, be advised that it will likely take significantly more effort and possibly special equipment to make sure it survives. Aim for a good variety of plants that provide protection, privacy, ground cover and color. With the structures already in place, it is easier to incorporate plants into your design plan.

Every garden has some hardscapes and some softscapes. Knowing what you want before you start investing time and money into the work is key to making your outdoor spaces to what you really want them to be.

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