Do not try to do everything at the same time - choose one or two things you can do now and consider the things you can implement later. Over time, each small improvement will create a truly sustainable yard, but the biggest impact in the shortest time will be the choice of your plants, which is a good starting point. First, identify the plant material you currently have and eliminate the invasive alien species. The simple removal of invasive plants will make your garden more durable and often more aesthetic. For a list of invasive plants, visit the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council website.
Evergreen tree-shaped shrubs are also useful, such as yaupon holly (Ilex vomitoria), camellia (Camellia japonica), inkberry holly (Ilex glabra), or myrtle wax (Myrica cerifera). When selecting trees or shrubs to frame a front entry, consider the texture, color, shape and size of each plant at maturity. The goal is to improve the overall visual effect while not blocking doors or windows or creating future maintenance problems from the root systems of plants or branches and the foliage.
The effective use of color can enlarge the space. The distant objects appear with a fine gray texture to the eye. The use of gray and fine-textured plants at the edge of the landscape can increase the apparent distance between the viewer and the plant. Tapering aisles or plantations towards a vanishing point can also create an illusion of distance. The use of strong colors and coarse textures in front of a border helps to enlarge the area. To make the space smaller, reverse this concept and use bright colors and coarse textures in the back and softer colors and finer textures at the front.
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