Landscape Designer's Guide to Naturalistic Planting for Your Lower Paxton, PA, Backyard
Installing new plantings in your Lower Paxton, PA, backyard is a fabulous way to add the beauty of nature anywhere you like. The more naturalistic your plants look, the better they will blend with everything around it and the more their beauty will shine. Here’s a landscape designer’s all-inclusive guide to creating a perfect naturalistic feel for your landscape.
More Is Better
The first key to making your landscape additions look natural is to designate multiple areas of your backyard for plantings. These areas could be directly adjacent to your home, on the far borders of your backyard, or near walkways and paths. If you have a patio or seating area, be sure to border it with lots of ornamental grasses or taller shrubs, and add potted plants where in-ground plantings aren’t possible. Break up large areas of open space by adding shade trees. The more areas you have that are dedicated to plantings, the more naturalistic your yard will look!
Lots of Variety—or Not
Having a wide variety of plantings is one of the ways to make your plantings look organic and wild. This means having a great mix of shrubberies, flowers, foliage, evergreens, and trees.
One idea that is certain to give your yard an original feel is to dedicate one area to a wildflower garden. Nothing says naturalistic more than a variety of different flowers that bring lots of bees and butterflies. Shasta daisies, coneflowers, butterfly weed, tiger lilies, and asters could achieve this effect. All tall flowers with bright pops of color at the top and lots of green leaves below, having these flowers in a garden is sure to give that wispy look characteristic of natural gardens. But don’t stop there! Make sure you have at least a few trees, ranging from a smaller weeping Japanese maple, to Korean fir trees, and of course beautiful cherry blossoms. If you go with a cherry blossom or even a young sugar maple, they can provide a shady area for you to sit and enjoy the view of your yard.
Another route is to dedicate one area just to a single plant you might be particularly fond of, like creating a pathway lined with lavender plants. This provides a wonderful benefit in the form of the amazing fragrance perfuming your property and adding a toned-down naturalistic look where you want it.
Accessorize Your Areas
The last step to naturalizing your backyard landscape is to accessorize your yard in ways that accent and enhance the naturalistic feel you’ve created. For example, stick a birdbath in your wildflower garden as an invitation to beautiful songbirds on hot days. You could even add a birdfeeder and a suet basket so that you have the pleasure of seeing your birds during the winter.
Add a small pond with water lilies or fish, and put it under a tree to limit evaporation. Finally, add a stepping stone pathway that leads to a bench near your plantings where you can enjoy your serene escape!