Check out these tips from the pros to add color, texture, functionality, and points of interest to your yard.

Smart landscaping can add interest to your lawn and boost your curb appeal. Use these professional ideas and tips to create a timeless landscape that is easy to maintain.

1 Create Curved Lines

Curved Lines

Landscapers often add edging around flower gardens, the house foundation, and sometimes sidewalks and driveways. Installing the edging in curves rather than perfectly straight lines adds appeal and character. The edging is permanent, so it enhances the landscape all year long and it’s an easy way to go from boring to beautiful.

2 Choose Native Plants

Native Plants

Just like you should plant grass that is specific to your region, pick native plants for less upkeep. By choosing plants that are native or grow well in a specific zone or area, that will keep water and pruning prices down, and the plants will thrive.

3 Use Potted Plants

Potted Plants

Incorporating pots into landscaping makes a yard not only more low-maintenance but also more versatile. Potted plants are an easy way to add color to different parts of a yard, and they are mobile. For an added pop of color, coordinate the flowers to the season. Try whites and pinks in the spring and summer; switch to yellows and reds in the fall.

4 Combine a Variety of Plants

Combine a Variety of Plants

Choose a diverse range of plants that bloom at different times so ornamental leaves will be visible all season long. If all the flowers bloom at the same time, they’ll look attractive during that time frame but will lack color the rest of the year. Try using a perennial like Rozanne geranium because it blooms from June through October.

5 Consider Artificial Grass

Consider Artificial Grass

Have kids? Or pets? Don’t be afraid to give the artificial grass a shot. Artificial grass is the best way to make a yard dog-proof and kid-proof because there’s no way they’re going to run around and tear up your grass. Plus, it requires zero upkeep on the weekends.