4 Low-cost Landscaping Features That Make a Big Impression

Who says you’ve got to spend a fortune on landscaping to create an awe-inspiring outdoor oasis? Incorporate these four features to stir up big-time splendor at an affordable price.

Image: Acorn Design Group via DesignMine
Image: Acorn Design Group via DesignMine

1. A Charming Bench.

Simple seating is a pleasant addition to any landscape. We love how this rustic wood bench complements and adds depth to this peaceful garden area. Search local hardware and secondhand stores to find a settee uniquely suited to your landscape. And don’t be afraid to get creative. Go shabby chic with a distressed white or knotty pine. Or — if you really want to wow — paint a bench a bright, bold color like orange or lime green and accessorize it with some vibrant outdoor throw pillows.

 

Image: The House Doctor of Fayetteville, Inc. via DesignMine
Image: The House Doctor of Fayetteville, Inc. via DesignMine

2. Potted Plants.

Use potted and hanging plants to add color, symmetry and uniformity to your landscape for a big impact that requires minimal money and effort. The hanging foliage chosen for this fabulous wrap-around porch enriches the clean lines and crisp white color of the home without adding clutter. When planting standing pots, always include a thriller (something tall and striking), a filler (something that will grow to fill any open areas in the pot), and a spiller (something that will grow to have over the sides of the pot for added drama).

 

Better Homes and Gardens
Better Homes and Gardens

3. Drought-Tolerant Perennials.

If you live in a hot climate or area prone to dry spells, choose drought-tolerant perennials like Yarrow, Salvia, Lavender, Meadow Sage, Purple Coneflower and Lamb’s Ear to keep your landscape looking spectacular without a daily dose of H2O. The best part about these vibrant and fragrant flowers – other than the fact that most pests steer clear of them– is that they actually attract butterflies!

 

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Image via Claus Dalby

4. A Fountain (Or, Fountains).

Water features are a fantastic way to add drama to your landscape without breaking the bank. Choose a single fountain like the one pictured above to create a unique focal point. Or, group a collection of smaller fountains together to create a cohesive and tasteful display. Small or large, fountains will create a soothing sound and a serene atmosphere that you and your guests are sure to enjoy all summer long.