Although you certainly can just dig holes and start planting flowers wherever you choose, it is always best to have a plan. If you take a little extra time and create a "floor plan" of the space you are working with you will likely be much happier with how the finished look turns out. Of course, if you grab a pencil and paper you may find yourself with a serious case of designer's block. These tips should help you realize your vision of a magical outdoor living space.

Create a Walkway

In many cases, the layout will greatly be influenced by the walkway. You may love the traditional look of a brick walkway leading straight up the front yard to the door, and then flower gardens on either side. Alternately, you might prefer a curved and whimsical walkway made of stones and natural ground cover.

Add a Focal Point

Tiberina Pond Outdoor Water Fountain

Tiberina Pond Outdoor Water Fountain

There needs to be a strong focal point somewhere in your landscaping. Now, the larger the space you are working with the bigger and more dynamic the focal point should be. Tiered water fountains are perfect for this purpose. Some associate tiered water fountains with very classic environments, but you might be quite surprised at the selection available today. These beneficial water elements will naturally become the main attraction of your landscaping, and will welcome pollinators, which is good news for your flowers.

Athene Two Tier Outdoor Water Fountain

Athene Two Tier Outdoor Water Fountain

Focus on Balance

If you have a large tiered water fountain on one side of your landscaping, but nothing on the other side it will look very off-balance. A decorative fence, arbor, or trellis will help. Even a hammock swing or bench will help weigh down the light side.

Create Depth

Antiquarium Two Tier Pond Outdoor Water Fountain

Antiquarium Two Tier Pond Outdoor Water Fountain

If you plant flowers and plants that are all the same height, the back ones won't get a chance to be appreciated. Use a nice mix of shrubs, annuals, and perennials at various heights. For example, if you want a dramatic splash of color using drought-resistant plants, create your plan with crested iris, lady's mantle, lamb's ear, Rosy Glow barberry, white Nancy lamium, redtwig dogwood, sweet alyssum, Ruby Glow sedum, Almond Joy sedum, and Alma Potschke aster. Do not be afraid to incorporate edible plants into your display, as well.

Kenroy Rialto Tiered Fountain

Kenroy Rialto Tiered Fountain

Add the Final Details

Now that you know where the plants are going to go you can start concentrating on the finishing touches. Borders or walls of bricks around gardens are ideal. You may want to add solar lights, garden statuary, bird feeders, wind chimes, and spinners to create the look you are after.