For maximum curb appeal, strategically planned landscaping is key. After all, it's people's first impression of your home! We sat down with Jovo Ivekich of Elements Design Studio to get his advice on where to start, what to plant, and more. Take notes for a picture-perfect yard!
When starting your project, here are some questions to ask yourself:
Ivekich says that the main goal of a landscaping project is to make it look natural in its surroundings rather than ultra-staged. The home should look intentional, not like it was picked up and dropped into the space.
It's the ultimate question of any project: Where do I begin? Ivekich recommends starting with the back of your house and working forward. This way, if you're using large plants or heavy equipment, you'll end on a high note of curb appeal instead of having these items clogging up the front of the house for an extended period of time.
Be cautious of varieties that have a chance of not coming back. You might love hibiscus, but they wouldn't do well in your yard. Do your research: Spend your money on plants that are native to your region and planting zone. Visit local greenhouses and view the plants you're interested in. Ask which plants are reliable and successful in your area.
Small details in your landscape can take your yard from good to great. Look for unique or custom pots, try border stone mulch, or choose interesting flower combinations. These are the kind of items that will make your home stand out from the rest.