Gardening and Landscaping

How to Landscape Small Homes

Small homes need proportionate and easy landscaping to prevent crowding the surrounding area and causing it to appear smaller than it actually is. Place appropriately sized structures and plants near your little home to accentuate details of the home and make the building appear bigger. Landscape your little home to make it appear quaint and inviting instead of overbearing and cluttered.


Plant low-growing plants that are in proportion to the scale of your home. Low-growing plants comprise Pacific stonecrop (Sedum spathulifolium), which rises in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) plant hardiness zones 5 or 6 through 9 and requires sunlight.

Plant shrubs and flowering plants across the house’s foundation to mix the home and landscape. Shrub options include California poppy shrub (Romneya coulteri), which grows well in sunlight inside USDA zones 7 through 10. A flowering plant option is shooting star (Dodecatheon pulchellum), which does best in partial shade within USDA zones 4 through 9.

Enclose the space around your little home to make a sense of safety by erecting an arbor or trellis above the front entry. Plant climbing plants, like star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides), against the arbor or trellis to make a space of relaxation. Star jasmine grows in full sun to partial shade in USDA zones 8 through 10.

Incorporate vertical gardening across the house to direct the eye and also to make the house appear taller than it is. Use short variants of landscaping structures such as arbors and trellises to give the impression that the home is taller than its true height.

Put in a brief fence across the landscape. A brief fence makes it possible for a bigger viewing area of the house above the fence’s top than a tall fence.


Plant wide flowerbeds that extend beyond the sides of your house. They generate the feeling of a bigger space by leading the eye across the landscape.

Outline flowerbeds using low-growing boundary plants, like ornamental grasses and ground covers. Use curves to hide the house’s distinctive hard lines. A suitable ornamental grass is blue fescue grass (Festuca ovina), which grows best in full sun to partial shade in USDA zones 4 through 9. California fuchsia (Zauschneria californica and Epilobium canum ssp. Angustifolium) can be utilized as a ground cover in websites that receive full sun to partial shade in zones 8 through 10.

Avoid placing too many ornamental decorations around the house. Their result is an artificial look, and they crowd the landscape.

Group comparable plants instead of scattering them across the landscape. Repeat patterns of colours, species and styles across the garden to link everything together.

Insert groups of different textures to produce depth. Plant fine-textured plants, like Japanese maple trees (Acer palmatum), and also the outer perimeter of the house to generate the look that the plants are further away than they actually are, giving the impression that the house is bigger than it truly is. Japanese maples need partial to filtered shade and develop best in USDA zones 6 through 8; a few cultivars are hardy to zone 9A.

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