About Me

Creating An Inviting Yard

I have always been one of those people who loves to create a warm, inviting atmosphere for others, which is why I started looking at landscaping design in the first place. It was incredible to me to see how much of a difference I was able to make by adding a few new plants, and after that first project, I wanted to help other people. I started volunteering to help friends and neighbors do their landscaping, and after a few months, I had developed quite a following. This blog is all about creating a warm, inviting yard through smart landscaping and an eye for detail.

Creating An Inviting Yard

How To Create The Perfect European Garden

by Addison Washington

While you may not live in the English countryside or in the rural parts of France, that doesn't mean that you can't create a similar feeling in your backyard. With the perfect shrubbery, gravel, and a nice wooden bench, you can create that European oasis that you want without ever having to step onto the inside of an airplane. To make sure you get exactly what you want, there are a few things to know about landscaping first. 

Plan It Out

Don't make the mistake of planting shrubs and trees without planning them out. When you don't have a proper landscape plan in place, plants are more likely to die, time is more likely to be wasted, and money will be forever lost. By creating a firm landscaping plan, you can make sure every plant is in the right place so that they flourish and thrive. For instance, you will want to plant things like lavender bushes in places where they get direct sunlight. Whereas you may want to plant hydrangea bushes in areas where they will get partial sunlight. If you need help figuring out exactly what plants go where, reach out to a landscape architect and see if they can help you plan everything out. 

Clear It Out

Once you have everything planned out of where you are going to plant things, you have to clear out your existing landscape including trees, bushes, flowers, mulch, and even some grasses. This is going to be the most taxing and time-consuming part of your landscaping project, but using existing landscaping may not give you the overall vibe that you are going for. If you have deeply rooted trees or plants, consider hiring a landscaping company to come dig them out for you. Also, be careful of gas lines and sprinkler lines before you start to dig. 

Lay the Foundation

One of the most popular features of an English or French garden is pea gravel. Pea gravel isn't only affordable, but it's sustainable as well. By creating unique garden paths with pea gravel, you can help to create the ultimate vibe that you are going for. Pea gravel will also help act as a weed barrier in your garden as well by suppressing any growth of weeds; another win for your garden. 


Once you have laid the pea gravel pathways, now you can add your bushes, flowers, and trees in the designated areas that you mapped out. Just make sure that you have drip lines or some sort of watering plan so that your plants get the proper nourishment and nutrition that they need in order to properly grow. 

To learn more, reach out to a landscaping company near you today.