Driveways — published on March 12, 2008

Make A Good Entrance

As the entrance to your home, the driveway should not overlooked. If it’s incorporated into the landscaping it can add depth to the entire look for your home. You don’t need to spend a lot of money on the design elements for it either. You can be creative and choose features that are attractive and creative, and have a very low cost landscape that is welcoming.

Make sure that you take everything into account before choosing your elements. For example, if you are looking for minimal work to be used in the driveway’s landscaping, do not plant a flower bush at the end of your driveway where the plants can be disheveled or ruined by those in your neighborhood. Instead, look to an attractive fence or even a rock garden instead.

Another important aspect to pay attention to is the footpath to the home. Do not put any elements into the design that are in the way of the normal footpath. You don’t want to visitors going out of their way, or even worse, trampling your plants to reach your door.

Hardscape Choice

You have many options here. Some common ones include walls and fences. They can add distinction and accent your driveway. For example a large rock can be especially interesting, particularly when it has multiple colors.

You can plant grasses and small flowers in the cracks of stones to create even more decorative looks.

A small fence can add character to the landscape. Use fencing to add color and character to the driveway. Use hanging baskets or lanterns with the fence for more charm.

Softscape Choices

First, determine what you will landscape. For example, on a limited budget, just landscaping along the sides of the driveway is an excellent option. It will cost little, yet add lots of beauty to your landscape design.

As for softscape options that will work in driveway areas, many things will work, such as a flower bed or even groundcover along the driveway. This will create a border that is interesting and separates the lawn from the actually driveway.

Ornamental trees and shrubs can do the same thing for the border of the driveway. Shrubs can be cut to be topiary as well, which will add even more design elements to the look of the driveway landscape.

Another thing to consider is the curved driveway. If your driveway has a curve in it, a great idea is to add a focal point — something to make a statement. For example, you can have a beautiful tree, a flower bed, or a rock garden there. Whatever it is it, should be beautiful because the curve will serve as the main focal point of your driveway landscaping design.

You can use water gardens, landscape brides, a wishing well, as well as many other types of elements to enhance this area and have it look amazing.

Doing these things can completely transform the entrance of your home. In a simple, affordable way, you can add character and depth to your landscape design around your driveway.