The Beginner’s Guide to Landscape Design

A gorgeous landscape around your home is surely a sight to see.

It’s your refuge – a retreat from the stress in your life, a haven for your family, and a meeting place for your friends.

But is it easy to obtain? Not always.

If you want a landscaping design that’s beautiful, easy-to-manage, and shows off your style, you’ll need to know some landscaping basics!

Here are some starter tips that’ll help you design a landscape you’ll love around your home.

Know what works in your area


When it comes to creating gorgeous greenery around your home, the possibilities are endless.

That doesn’t mean anything goes.

Depending on where you live and where you want to plant a particular tree, bush, or flower, you could fail before you even begin!

No need to worry – there are ways to avoid a landscaping mistake.

Before you start to plan out your stunning backyard creation, know what would work well in your space.


  • What your climate is like
  • Where you should plant what
  • What style you want to create

When you’re out and about in your neighborhood, see what your neighbors are planting.

What plants and flowers look like they’re flourishing?

What plants and flowers look like they’ve seen their better days?

Sure, sometimes a homeowner may not be watering their plants enough, and that’s why they’re looking shabby. Or they could be watering them too much.

But some plants may not be doing well because they’re not so great for the soil in your area. Or it could be that a plant is getting too much sun in a particular spot in the yard.

So look around and observe! This will guide you as your create something that’s great for your home.

Make it interesting

You could have a yard with a few nice plants here and there. There’s nothing wrong with that.

But what’s even better?

An outdoor oasis that’s truly memorable.

The kind of yard that your neighbors can’t stop fawning over.

Don’t limit yourself. There are a variety of ways to make the greenery around your home more interesting.


Instead of planting a mixture of flowers that are the same height, go for a few different lengths. Place the tallest plants in the back and the smallest in the front.

Have a favorite flower color and normally buy the same hue every year?

Break out of your comfort zone and switch up the palette in your yard. Tweaks like this will add dimension and beauty to your space.

You can also add in another layer of interest with decorative pieces and structures. Which brings us to our next tip!

Create your main focal point



It can be as simple as a nice bench, or as elaborate as a stunning fire pit.

As long as it pulls you into your outdoor retreat and makes you want to spend time in the open-air.

A focal point brings your space together and gives you some structure.

This way, you’re not simply viewing a bunch of plants that are scattered here and there around your yard. You’re decorating around your fire pit, or you’re showing off your gorgeous fountain.


Not sure what you want? We can help!


We get it. You’re busy.

You’ve got a lot on your plate, and maybe learning how to create the landscape you really want is going to take more research, time, tools, and labor than you bargained for.

That’s why we’re here.

Here at Sunflower Landscapes, we’re ready to build the landscape of your dreams.


We’re there from start to finish, handling your home with the care and precision it deserves.

With each client, we take the time to hear what you like, keeping in mind your budget, your desires, and the requirements set by the Homeowner’s Association for your neighborhood.

We won’t move forward until you’re happy with everything we’re doing. From our detailed plans to your finished landscape, we’ll be there every step of the way.

Ready to have the impressive yard you’ve always wanted?

Choose the landscape designers in Colorado Springs who are ready to make your home what you always imagined it could be.

Go on and request a free consultation with us!

First photo source by Mark Byzewski

Second photo source by Karen Roe