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If your home is neutral in color, choose a limited color scheme for your landscape to add visual appeal. Rich purple plants are great choices for beige, gray, or white homes; soft yellow is a beautiful accent. For a bolder presentation, select red flowers and accent them with splashes of white blooms or silver foliage.
If your home's color scheme stands out, grow flowers and foliage that pairs well with it. For example, purple and pastel yellow look beautiful against a soft blue home. Or try a cohesive design, such as yellow flowers with a yellow house.
If you want to take it up a notch, try growing clematis or climbing roses up a fence or plant flowering evergreen shrubs, such as dwarf rhododendrons, along the foundation.
Play up casual elements if you have a cottage-style home. Meandering paths, lush plantings, and bit of whimsy all contribute to a relaxed, cottage theme.
Another way to do this is to repeat siding in structures, such as a doghouse, or as an architectural accent on a gate or fence.
You can also use your landscape to play up special architectural details. For example, a collection of low, mounding plants helps highlight the "tower" on the front of the home shown here. A pair of columnar cypress planted in front of the home also draws the eye up.
Here's another example of how you can work with an architectural feature. Note how the straight sidewalks and curves of the border against the house, here, mimic the lines of the main window on the ground level.
Landscapes create a mood. Look to your home to determine the feeling you want to create. You can go big, bold, and formal for major appeal, for example. Or choose plantings that offer a cozy, intimate feel if you have a small house.
Another way to create impact is to use your landscaping to contrast your home's architectural features. Soft-textured mounding grasses, for example, stand out against buildings that have a boxy shape or a lot of vertical lines.
Here's another example of how you can use contrast to great advantage. Clipped boxwood mounds stand out against rectangular bricks and the boxy shape of the house. Their tidy form looks great with the neatness of the bricks.
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