Landscaping Along The Driveway
Hardscape and softscape are the two options available if you want to carry out landscaping along the driveway. Hardscape includes fences and walls, while softscape consists of ground covers, flowerbeds, shrubs, and trees. If you include walls, the landscaping possibilities of your driveway can be greatly enhanced. For instance, stonewalls can either can either be parallel to the driveway along its full length, or meet it perpendicularly at the entrance. As for softscape, it has endless variations for landscaping along the driveway. You can either landscape to accentuate the driveway entrance, or run the length of the driveway.
If the budget is not the primary consideration for landscaping the driveway, then you can focus on where you want the viewer’s gaze to be drawn, and what features you want to emphasize in your property. You can plant colorful flowers along the sides of the driveway, as it will surely draw a lot of attention to your property. If straight lines, like a straight driveway or straight decking, already dominate your house, then you should avoid placing emphasis on it by planting the edges with straight flowerbeds.
By contrast, if your driveway curves around a focal point, such as a water feature, and gracefully disappears out in back of your house, then flower beds paralleling the driveway will draw the viewer's gaze conveniently to the water feature.
You can plant flowerbeds paralleling the driveway if it curves around a focal point, like a water feature, and disappears around the back of your house. From an aesthetic point of view, while landscaping along the driveway, there is no reason not to attract the viewer’s gaze to the driveway entrance either with softscape or hardscape. However, practical considerations might dissuade you from applying softscape in the way you would really like to. When landscaping along the driveway, vandalism and theft are two liabilities in the areas close to the street. Children may traipse carelessly through a roadside flowerbed that you may have created with a lot of time, money and effort.
Along the driveway, you can use washed stones, bark mulch or lava rocks as an edging material, which will add contrast to the yard. If you want a lighter color then you can use limestone chips. No matter what design you decide for landscaping along the driveway, always remember to choose the appropriate materials to suit the driveway and the surroundings.