Landscaping Newbie: Where Do I Start?

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Spring is here and I am ready to sprout some landscaping ideas for my yard. The only problem is that I am a virgin landscaper and don't feel that I have a good idea what works and where to start.

I have a front, side and backyard to deal with, which also includes fencing. I can get overwhelmed really quickly when I start thinking about the scope of this project. I don't need it to be big, costly and fancy — just cozy, bright, cheery and beautiful.

Here is my plan so far:

  • Research how to landscape for beginners.
  • Drive around and take pictures and notes of yards I fancy.
  • Head to the garden stores and ask about the best plants, flowers and trees for our climate here in the Pacific Northwest. I really want winter plants as well so I can create a little cheer in the dead of winter.
  • Create Inspiration Boards.
  • Call a landscaper and find out the price of a consult.
  • Call an arborist to learn about our existing trees and what would work with them.
  • Ask all of you for ideas!

Have you ever been in this situation? How did you go about it?

(Image: Loree's Dangerously Beautiful Garden)

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Alysha is a photographer and designer living in Seattle who loves dark chocolate, tea, and all things furry. In her spare time you'll find her with paint in her hair renovating her 1919 Craftsman and sharing the process on her blog Old House New Tricks.