Entry upgrades. Containers of colorful annuals add season-long color, turning the entry into a focal point.
Extended foundation plantings. With the front foundation planting well-established, it's time to turn to the side foundation areas. These plantings can be simpler, but should be selected for a long season of beauty.
Border bed. A line of shrubs and flowers along the border of your property provides privacy with a friendlier face than a board fence. In addition, a well-planned border looks good from inside your home as well as from the outside.
For added interest, include some features like a birdbath or feeder that will attractive wildlife. For even better results, plant shrubs and flowers that will provide food and shelter for birds, butterflies, and other welcome creatures.
Patio expansion. As your needs change, you may want to expand outdoor living areas. Here, the patio was expanded by using the same material, but spaced to create planting pockets between the pavers. The new turf helps create a transition between patio and lawn.
Think vertical. Don't forget vines when picking the plants for your plan. In this case, decorative trellises were added near the house to soften the bare walls and to provide support for flowering vines.
Pavilion and spa. Make a spa or other area feel like a real destination by adding a pavilion. Plant vines on it to blend it in with its surroundings, or leave it bare for a stronger architectural statement.
Pathways. Paths help break up an expanse of lawn and direct the eye to destination points. In this case, the path leading from the pavilion points directly to the patio, even though it peters out after a few yards. A similar path at the patio directs visitors toward the pavilion.
Continued on page 6: Year 3 Plan