Revised Title: Simple Landscaping Ideas to Transform Your Home's Exterior

Are you looking for ways to spruce up your home's exterior? Simple landscaping can make a huge difference in the overall look and feel of your home. From adding a stone path to planting colorful shrubs, there are plenty of ways to make your front yard look more beautiful without breaking the bank. Kelly Roberson, an experienced professional with more than 20 years of experience writing for home and garden brands, shares his tips on how to do simple landscaping. He suggests starting with small adjustments such as adding beds and borders around a lawn.

Simple landscapes that focus on maximizing existing elements are perfect for DIY gardeners. Don't forget to incorporate the views beyond your patio. Strategically position trees to frame existing views or create new ones by adding a tree or group of trees as a focal point. Plant trees that provide shade in summer and offer vibrant colors in autumn.

Consider flowering trees such as dogwood, horse chestnut, or wild apple trees. Flower gardens and perimeter plantations are also colorful focal points. Grow a row of flowering shrubs, such as hydrangeas, near a patio or terrace to enrich and liven up your outdoor experience. With the paint bucket, mix the cement with water according to the instructions on the bag. With extensive experience writing for architecture and home design magazines, Kelly Roberson is an experienced professional. He has more than 20 years of experience writing for home and garden brands.

As a freelance writer for more than 13 years, Kelly was a project manager, editor and writer for a long list of magazines, including many titles in gardening, home design and Christmas crafts. He is currently developing creative content for marketing clients in various industries, including financial planning. You don't need to do a full overhaul to fix your lawn. Once the snow melts, the birds start singing again, and you can leave the house without a hat or gloves, you can find yourself going out to get the mail, turn around, look at the front yard and think “Huh?” All you need is a little time and some good ideas. These front yard landscaping suggestions are perfect for the homeowner looking for some landscape inspiration that people of any skill level can create. Start by cleaning the edges of the lawn in addition to keeping it mowed.

This creates a cleaner appearance and instantly improves real paths and curbs. Set up a simple stone path that runs through your lush patio or garden. It's easy to create and makes a great addition to any home. Frame your front walkway with a pair of earth-toned planters. Creates a naturalistic effect that goes well with most landscapes. The addition of this garland of greenery that wraps along the front porch combines the patio and the house into a cohesive concept.

Decorate your front porch with colorful flags to add an extra dimension to your home's exterior appeal. Nothing fixes a front yard better than beautiful hydrangea bushes. This has to be the easiest and cheapest landscaping idea there is. Simply add a stone border and mulch smooth flower beds in the blink of an eye.Air conditioning is a necessity, but units can be quite annoying for the outside of your home. Build a cover to keep it out of sight, out of mind.

Not everyone has a pond or stream on their property. But installing a water fountain doesn't require a lot of money and works wonders with any exterior aesthetic. Here, an iron teapot and an old whiskey barrel come together to create a beautiful DIY fountain waterfall. This DIY hose holder completely camouflages all tubes and serves as a planter. Isn't carpentry your thing? This DIY fence post hose holder can be faster for you. This blogger needed a walkway between the back door and the garage. She made this one using reclaimed wood beams and concrete. Use reclaimed pallet wood to add some character to an underused corner, or connect two points in your backyard.

Borders add professional-looking definition to garden beds. Sketch your design first with a temporary marking spray paint. Landscape lighting is not only aesthetically pleasing, but it also increases safety by ensuring that paths (and obstacles) are visible after sunset. For inspiration, check out John Cullen Lighting, based in the UK (photo here). Opt for evergreen trees such as boxwood shrubs that are often used in formal gardens to add color to your garden throughout the year. Retaining walls can help define flower beds, create visual areas of interest, and most importantly, prevent soil erosion. Gardening expert Mike McGroarty planted herbaceous perennials and trees of varying heights, lavender, gyrus, red-sprouted tree and weeping lace leaf Japanese red maple to form this island in his front yard. Sometimes all it takes is good cleaning to make your sidewalk look like new.

This spiral border contains a small orchard with a variety of similarly sized rocks in complementary colors. The landscape designer from Berma talks about small mounds that are used to create an interesting landscape design element that adds texture and depth to any garden space.