The following are general ideas on how to create small backyard landscaping that is inspired by the natural habitats we commonly see in different parts of the world. It also includes the types of plants present and how they are treated for maintenance.
Tropical backyard – A tropical backyard is mostly composed of sharp colors and numerous shapely elements. In the tropics, sunlight is prevalent therefore different kinds of life forms can be found. To mimic this effect, include colorful flowers with several shapes.
Large leaves, thorny branches, thick roots and creepy venous stems are signatures of tropical forests. Make sure to include these elements in your backyard landscape. Of course, since rain is a constant in the tropics, include in your backyard a lot of fluid water.
You can keep the water calm, flowing, dripping or bubbling. Colors attract a lot of different insects, so be wary of bugs that are not people friendly. However, you will also see a bunch of moths and butterflies that will be attracted to your tropical backyard.
Bamboo backyard – Bamboos are eternally green and are a favorite in temperate countries because they do not change color or lose their leaves in time for autumn and winter. Bamboos are overgrown grass and can grow up to several feet high.
Include a panda-shaped rock to remind you of these gentle, bamboo forest dwelling creatures. When you feel like your bamboos have grown too big; cutting them won’t go to waste. These sturdy bamboos are easily sculpted to become tiny decorations – or make them into chopsticks!
Bonsai garden – Bonsais are potted plants with miniaturizes trees. Originally from Japan, a normally large tree is forced to grow into small twins of the original because they do not have space for their roots to expand. To compensate, they are forced to limit their sizes into manageable amounts.
Growing a bonsai is a challenging endeavor; however managing several of these to create your backyard landscape has perks of its own. Once you have collected a number of these, mastered how to maintain them and arranged them as you wished in your backyard, you will feel like a giant walking along a miniature forest.
Since bonsais are not much different from their large parents except for their sizes, expect to see miniature fruits growing on them as well. Learn more about how bonsais are maintained. The regularity of watering these bonsais depends on where they originally came from. If their parent stemmed in the tropics, then watering them will be more often than those bonsais which originated from temperate ones.
Cacti garden – Cacti are plants that require the least amount of water. Contrary to popular belief, cacti need water too. However, the regularity and amount of water it needs is much less than that of other plants which grow in other parts of the world.
These prickly creatures come in different shapes and sizes, and sometimes they grow a flower or two. Although watering them need not be done on a regular basis, a constant source of sunlight is a must. Come winter time, it is best to protect them inside greenhouse because low temperatures can freeze up the water they stored inside and will eventually kill the plant.
These are just a few suggestions on how to start your little backyard landscaping. Do not limit yourself and go for ideas you have in mind. No matter what kind you have, always remember that creating your very own backyard landscaping activity must be enjoyable and fun.