1. Break up the space
...with a garden path and edgers to separate out different growing beds. This helps break up the space so that less feels like more in your design. Stepping stones in gravel or cinder are great options for those shady spots and contribute to a thoughtful and attractive area.
2. Add a visual feature
Have you ever considered a pond? Or perhaps a fountain? Maybe an interesting statue or work of art that you take a liking to? Your outdoor space doesn't have to be 100% plants.
3. Less grass
Even though some varieties of grass are more shade tolerant than others, all types of grass need some sun to survive. Depending on how shady your yard is, grass may not be in the cards for your design — or perfect for some areas and not ideal for others. Aggregate (gravel, rock, cinder) and shade-tolerant groundcovers can be an excellent solution if you still want to fill the space with low-lying greenery.
Tried and true design techniques, paired with your professional landscaper's knowledge of plants that will thrive in your specific setting, will have your space transformed in no time.
Contact us today for a consultation on selecting the best types of landscaping to create the outdoor living space of your dreams.
Greg Stout has over 30 years of experience in the landscape and irrigation industry. Born in Illinois, Greg relocated to Hawaii in the 1970's and has been providing quality design and installation work to the people of Maui since 2000 as the owner of Maui Lawn & Landscape, LLC.