Everyone wants to enhance their landscaping while being cost effective and environmentally friendly. While having a perfect green lawn is a safe bet for an attractive yard, it can also be a bit simple or plain. Consider any of the following ideas to add some interest while you actually could save money and time.

Rain Garden
A rain garden is a perfect option as it adds aesthetic interest to your landscaping as a low maintenance feature. Rain gardens usually are a depression in the ground that is then filled with colorful, deep-rooted plants along with stone and river rock hardscaping. This design helps channel and retain water.

Natural Habitat
Homeowners have smartened up over the past years and are no longer trying to force non-native plants into their landscape surroundings. Today, adding other natural or native elements is becoming more popular. This includes things like birdbaths, coverage for insects and animals to help camouflage them or even a birdhouse for shelter.

Shrink your Lawn
More homeowners now are replacing their larger lawns for alternatives that don’t need much hydration and are more drought friendly. Adding in hardscapes, low maintenance ground cover or succulents can be great ideas. These ideas can save money and time spent on your yard maintenance while adding some exciting focal points.

Add Edible Plantings
When planting in your garden, consider adding in a vegetable garden. These plants add more character to your landscaping while giving you food and herbs. As a bonus, many vegetables and herbs produce pretty foliage and flowers too.

Add a Fire Pit for Gathering
During warm weather months, your outdoor space becomes an extension of your home. Add a firepit to your backyard for those relaxing evenings with family or friends. Extend the shoulder seasons too as you stay warm while toasting up some s’mores!

Add Yard Lighting
Solar powered lighting has really improved and is an ideal way to add some interest into your yard. Line a walkway, patio or even highlight your plantings with these efficient lights. Your home can really light up at night with character as the illumination also adds function.