Category: Custom Designs

Backyard Pond Landscaping Makeover: Before & After

This transformation of Brandi’s backyard is absolutely stunning!  Brandi’s water garden pond with a mini water fall had so much potential.   One might enjoy watching the fish swimming in the pond but there is not much here to support a beautiful relaxing backyard experience.  Backyard water gardens can offer the soothing sights and sounds of nature that are so relaxing, but those relaxing elements are absent here.

Before photo of a backyard pond

Second Nature used this outdated pond structure to transform their backyard area into an inviting backyard oasis.

Additional photo of a backyard pond structure

While children may enjoy watching and feeding fish here, it is not a relaxing area for adults.

Not a relaxing backyard pond structure

The oxygenated water here is only benefiting the fish.  The relaxing sights and sounds of a properly built waterfall are lacking here.  Second Nature worked their magic with a few embellishments and transformed this fish pond into a beautiful, tranquil water garden.

The reveal you have been waiting for…

Beautiful backyard pond structure lit up at night

Now Brandi has a beautiful and relaxing oasis in her backyard for everyone to enjoy!  You can almost hear the soothing sights and sound of nature from just the picture.  Just a few steps from Brandi’s backdoor is mini paradise to de-stress and unwind in.

Does your home’s backyard need a makeover or update? Contact Second Nature today to discuss your vision.

2019 Summer Backyard Patio Ideas

With summer almost in full swing, it’s time to have your patio looking its best! Patio accents, renovations and custom patio designs are great ways to transform your backyard patio ideas into an outdoor living space you love.

Outdoor living space with chairs and a fireplace

Outdoor Patio Accents

If you love your patio but feel like something is missing, spice up your outdoor leisure space with pleasing colors and style. The small details of patio accents will provide big results to your summer backyard patio ideas. From functional to stylish, there are options for every budget.

Colorful Throw Pillows

Your patio. Your style! Colorful throw pillows come in all shapes, sizes, textures and colors. With endless options, outdoor throw pillows will highlight your personal design preference and bring the WOW to your backyard.

Are you feeling a little beachy? Create a coastal look with colorful throw pillows in teal, blue and sand hues. If a tropical vibe is best for you, mix-and-match solid colors with patterns of greens leaves and bamboo. Bright fun colors from floral pillows can bring about flower garden splendor and a cheerful your spirit. From farmhouse chic to clean orderly geometric designs, outdoor pillows take your décor to the next level.

Change out often or keep all summer, outdoor throw pillows are easy to store and pull out for any occasion. Change with the seasons or switch up for a cocktail party, colorful outdoor pillows allow you to set your tone, your way.

Versatile Patio Tables

Gather around a table to enjoy your new patio with your loved ones.  Patio tables are versatile and come in many shapes sizes and styles.   If your patio is not covered, you may think about a patio table that will accommodate an umbrella.   A table with an outdoor fire pit may be a nice touch for outdoor dining all year round.   The size and shape of your patio and the number of family members who will frequently dine there will guide your choice; and with the many choices available, you are sure to find the perfect versatile patio table.

Unique and Playful Chairs

You may opt for outdoor furniture sets and or mix it up a little with unique, playful and artsy chairs around your new patio.  Adirondack chairs may bring images to your mind of shells and sand and the peaceful sounds of the beach surf.  Use lounger, patio chaise or daybeds to soak up some sunshine or enjoy a good read.  Wicker furniture can come in many looks, you could use wicker for a tropical look, southern porch look or a modern look.

Outdoor Breakfast Patio

Greet the new day with breakfast in your backyard!  Your very own special outdoor breakfast patio can be created with a new table, some fabulous chairs or an outdoor kitchen. From Sunday Brunch to enjoying your morning coffee, an outdoor kitchen would be a wonderful way to entertain guests.

Relaxing Hammock

Just the sight of a hammock swinging gently in the breeze brings images of relaxation.   Hammocks come in many styles and sizes as well as frames and ways to hang.  A new chick hammock could bring hours of outdoor relaxation on your new patio.

Patio Fire Bowl

Consider using a Fire Bowl to add a touch of luxury to your patio accent options.  Fire bowls will also bring pleasant light to your patio for your summer evening leisure. The perfect gathering spot, a patio fire bowl completes the party.

Comfortable Soft Swings

Whether it is a hanging chair or a traditional soft swing, your seating choice will be popular. Perfect for individual lounging or multiple seating during for an occasion, comfortable swings bring the magic and make people happy.

If your patio is not covered, you may opt for a canopy over your swing.  Complete your design look with colorful throw pillows or and an outdoor blanket.

Outdoor Patio Renovations

Outdoor patio renovations take your outdoor area to the next level. Here at Second Nature, creating new elements for your patio is our passion. If you can dream it, we can design, build and install it.

When you are ready to move forward with beautiful hardscape, an outdoor kitchen or patio lights, give us a call. We will have an entire team dedicated to you and your patio ideas.

Outdoor Kitchens

An outdoor kitchen delivers many benefits.  During the summer months, you can keep the cooking and baking heat outside and conserve air-conditioning. If you love to can your produce from the garden, an outdoor kitchen will keep the heat and extra mess outside. You will also have a little more elbowroom for others assisting you in that lengthy process. Outdoor kitchens are a great place to entertain and can offer hours of enjoyment and practical use.

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Patio Mood Lighting

Outside lights are the perfect way to set the mood. Custom design your patio lights and enjoy the long summer evenings with friends and family on your remodeled patio from Second Nature.  You can hang up a string of cove or rope porch lights to create a soft relaxing glow or you can combine lights with ceiling for form and function. Consider lanterns for accenting eating areas with style and class and wall lights for nice patio lighting. There are many outdoor light fixtures to choose from allowing you to create your own patio mood.

Outdoor Fire Pits and Fireplaces

There is just something about an outdoor fire pit. Relaxing and hypnotic, it can become a focal point and gathering spot. Watching flames can cause you to reflect and promote meaningful conversations.  It has been proven that staring at flames can lower blood pressure and promote relaxation.  A gas fire pit would be very convenient.  With the many fireplace designs available, you are sure to find one to suit your needs.

Covered Outdoor Fire Pit

Outdoor Patio Bar

An outdoor patio bar is not only great for entertaining, but also offers a nice spot for your family to hang out.  An outdoor patio bar would also be nice around a pool area to serve snacks and refreshments.   You should consider if you want a wet bar (with a sink for rinsing glasses) or a dry bar (a place for serving drinks and snacks).  A patio bar can be custom built for your space, style and needs.

Custom Patio Design

The experts at Second Nature are here to transform your patio ideas into the backyard paradise of your dreams. We have an entire team to walk you through the patio process step-by-step.

Are you ready to have your dream delivered? Here’s what you can expect from Second Nature.

Custom Patio Design

Our custom patio design process begins with our landscape designer and your vision. Our landscape designer will work with you on professional details and input. From a custom kitchen to pavers and pergolas, our landscape designers make sure you love the design before handing it to the landscape architect.

Landscape Design Drawing

Your Perfect Patio Build

With over 20 years in the Kansas City area, our team is very familiar with Midwestern nuances. Our landscape architects consider terrain, seasonal weather and construction elements to ensure your patio project stays on track. Working directly with the construction portion, the landscape artist makes any necessary adjustments to keep your custom patio looking great all throughout the year.

 Outdoor Patio Construction

When it is time for the actual construction, we handle all the pieces and parts. From permits to materials, labor to clean up, we take of everything. We keep you informed of our progress and weather permitting, finish right on schedule!

Patio Maintenance and Upkeep

Expanding your living space to the outdoors brings enjoyment but it also is a great investment.

Patios are notoriously durable and can require no maintenance for up to 20 years. Our patio construction materials are long-lasting and expertly installed.

From simple to multifaceted patio designs, our experts implement perfect patio builds that are easy to maintain and keep up.

Custom Landscaping Project: Before & After

Today we have some awesome backyard landscaping pictures to share with you! We want to highlight a recent landscape design we completed for Scott and Lisa. They have a beautiful home that was not being showcased due to the overgrown beds in the front of the house. They also were not fully utilizing the beautiful setting they had in their backyard with a wonderful lake just a few steps out their back door. They had a number of landscaping ideas, but were unsure of how to execute them, which led them to Second Nature, one of your premier local landscaping companies in the Lee’s Summit area. Our team of designers worked with them to create a custom landscaping plan with one of the best backyard desks we have seen in a while!

Before, the front of the house had visually been taken over by the out of control bed.


After, the bed will complement, not compete, with the house. We also added a new retaining wall.


Before, the back deck area was overgrown and almost unusable. It was a dark and uninviting area that was mostly used for storage.



After, we implemented some of our best deck design ideas to create an amazing space for Scott and Lisa to relax, enjoy their hot tub, or entertain friends! With their outdoor living area they now have an outdoor kitchen, seating area, and fireplace. With the area around the patio and deck cleared out, they now can enjoy the serenity of the lake while they are relaxing outside.

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Before, the back of the house was completely obscured by the overgrowth surrounding the deck.


Now you can see the house, the deck, their amazing outdoor living area, and the expanded deck we built, which were all key components of the backyard landscape design we created for Scott and Lisa.


Before, the beds along the house were overgrown and undefined.


After, now Scott and Lisa have beautiful beds along their home along with a new and defined walkway that gives them easy access to the backyard!


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If you are ready to make some changes to your home’s landscaping call us at Second Nature, your local landscapers in Lee’s Summit, MO! We would love to discuss all your backyard ideas and help you create deck landscaping or landscape design ideas and plans!

10 Pergola Design Ideas for your Backyard Landscaping

Backyard Pergola Designs in Kansas City

Many people may not be familiar with a pergola, but they can be an excellent addition to any backyard design. A pergola is a garden feature that has vertical posts, or pillars, that support cross beams or open lattice. Some people choose to leave their pergolas plain, where others may choose to add to theirs with woody vines, which can provide further shade.

Pergolas can be used to create shaded walkways or sitting areas. They can be useful as an extension your house or as cover for an open terrace or patio.

Benefits to adding a pergola to your backyard landscaping plan include,

  • Additional Privacy: With the addition of drapes, screens, or latticework, a pergola can give you privacy in your yard. So even if you can’t have a privacy fence you can keep outside eyes off you while you enjoy your outdoor space. Not only do pergolas provide privacy from others watching you, it can help shield you from an unsightly view while you are outside. A busy roadway, an unkempt yard, or a vacant lot might not be what you want to see when you step into your own backyard oasis. A pergola can help block you view of others.
  • Vertical Garden Space: Pergolas work great for climbing plants such as wisteria, honeysuckle, clematis, and ivy. The structure itself can also be used for hanging baskets. When you get a pergola you are not only getting a shade structure, but also a vertical garden!
  • Shade and Protection: If you pay attention to the way the sun moves across your yard you can make sure to position the plants on the top of a pergola so that they provide some shade. If you are wanting a more complete sun cover climbing plants are a great way to get natural relief from the rays of the sun.
  • Added Home Value: While adding a pergola can be a great idea that can improve the way you utilize your outdoor space, it can also add to the value of your home. Home renovation expert Bob Villa has said that an attractive landscape plan can add up to 20% to your home’s value. When it is time to sell your home, a well-maintained and attractive pergola can set your home apart from all the others on the market.

Let’s discuss some of the excellent ways you can incorporate a pergola into your backyard design, we have included some examples of the many pergolas we have built at Second Nature.

Hot Tub Pergolas

A pergola can be an excellent addition to your pool and hot tub landscaping. With a pergola over your hot tub, you can enjoy your hot tub in the shade and at the cooler temperatures that a shaded area can afford.

With the addition of a pergola around your hot tub you also gain privacy that allows you to enjoy your hot tub in peace!

With storage benches built into your pergola you not only add valuable seating space but can also gain storage that can be used for towel storage or hot tub maintenance supplies, such as necessary chemicals or tools.

Hot Tub Pergola
Using a pergola around your hot tub can provide privacy, shade, and additional storage space.

Freestanding Pergolas

A freestanding pergola can be an excellent way to define a space in your outdoor living area. For example, a pergola can be used for a sitting area or an outdoor kitchen.  These areas are not always right next to your house but may be removed from the house in a separate part of your yard or on a part of the patio or deck not directly adjacent to the house.

Small Pergolas

A pergola does not have to be a physically large in order to be a focal piece in your backyard design. A small pergola can provide a large impact without requiring a large footprint. A small pergola can give you a lot of bang for you buck when upgrading or revamping your backyard landscaping.

Grill Pergola

A pergola can be a great way to provide some cover for the chef as they do some backyard grilling! A pergola can also provide additional storage and create a defined area for your grill.

Grill Pergola
Adding a pergola over your grilling area will provide a nice shaded area for your grill master as they prepare meals in your outdoor kitchen.

Patio Pergola

The addition of a pergola on your patio can greatly increase the usability of your patio by providing shade during the sunniest, and often hottest, part of the day. In addition to bringing additional function to you patio, a pergola can add a specific design element to the patio and your entire backyard and landscaping plan.

A patio pergola can be used to extend your living space with a dining area, seating area, and/or outdoor kitchen.


Wooden Pergola

Wood is the most common material used for pergolas. While you might see metal pergolas available in some of the big box stores you’ll find that they are not as sturdy and permanent as a wood pergola. A wooden pergola can be completely customizable; you are not limited to the size or design elements of the manufacturer. Wooden pergolas are often made from cedar or redwood, which both make a great choice for outdoor application and require minimal upkeep while maintaining a beautiful look.

Gazebo Pergola

With a custom build pergola you can choose any design you can think of! We can even help you come up with a new design of your own. For example, you may be drawn to the design elements of both a gazebo and a pergola. While a pergola is typically square in shape with cross beams instead of a roof and a gazebo has a round or octagon shape with a complete roof, we can build a gazebo pergola that combines elements from both of these backyard landscaping features.

Deck Pergolas

Maybe you have decided you want to have more than a simple deck on the back of your house. If you are looking for a backyard landscaping plan with more visual interest you may want to go with a deck pergola. A deck pergola can help keep you cool on your deck by providing additional shade. Whether you have an outdoor living area that you don’t utilize due to the sun or if your small children would benefit from the shade provided by a pergola so that they can play, a deck pergola can increase the usability of your deck.

Backyard Deck Pergola Next to Pool

Pergola Design for Backyard Deck

Attached Pergola

A pergola does not have to be a freestanding structure in the middle of your yard or patio. There are multiple reasons why you may decide you want a pergola attached to your house. An attached pergola can be more cost efficient. Because it attaches to your house there is likely less material needed for construction. A small yard could also be another reason; an attached pergola can be a great use of the space available. Also, an attached pergola can also provide shade inside the home, as well as outside.

Pergola Attached to House
An attached pergola requires less material that a free standing pergola, provides shade for inside your home, and can be a good solution for a small yard.

Outdoor Kitchen Pergola

If you are dreaming of an outdoor kitchen, an outdoor kitchen pergola is an excellent addition to your backyard landscaping. With a pergola you can define the space of the outdoor kitchen, provide shelter for both the outdoor kitchen elements and whoever is doing the cooking in the outdoor kitchen, and the vertical support beams can be used for additional storage!

Pergola Covering Outdoor Kitchen
A pergola is a great addition to any outdoor kitchen.

Convinced that it’s time to add a pergola to your outdoor living space? Second Nature Outdoor Living can help with everything from deciding which type of pergola is right for your outdoor space, to design and build. Give Second Nature a call today to get started! 816-844-7733


Patio Pergola

Backyard Design Ideas

Everybody has a different idea of what they want in a backyard. As you begin to plan and design your backyard think about what your perfect yard would look like in order for you to truly enjoy spending time in your backyard. It is a good idea to start with the overall design you are striving to achieve and then move to the smaller details that will really make your backyard design stand out.

Outdoor Entertaining Space

If entertaining is a big part of how you want to spend time in your backyard some backyard design ideas you may want to incorporate might include an area for al fresco dining, an outdoor kitchen and backyard bar, an outdoor living room, a built in fire pit, or a dedicated area for games such as washers or cornhole. When choosing furniture for your outdoor dining and lounge areas make sure you are keeping comfort in mind. Even the best-looking sets won’t be utilized fully if they are not comfortable!

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Family Friendly Outdoor Living

If you are more focused on how your family, and small children, are going to use your backyard you will be interested in a different set of backyard design ideas. If you have small children some elements you might want to be sure to include would be a dedicated play structure area, an area for sand/dirt play, lots of open space for running or playing ball, and a paved track around the exterior edge of your backyard can be great for riding bikes or other wheeled toys. Children’s play areas can be traditional with a cedar play structure, or you can think outside the box with an old canoe filled with sand or dirt, rather than a traditional sandbox.

Backyard Garden Design Ideas

While some people desire entertaining or recreation space some people dream about a beautiful and lush backyard filled with ornamental and flowering plants to soothe their senses. For these people, backyard design ideas may include a wide variety of organic and ornamental flowers, meandering pathways they can use for wandering through the garden, and water features. When planning the types of plants you will want to take into consideration the mature height of the plants, you want to make sure to use plants of varying heights so everything is not on the same level. It is also a good idea to use plants of varying colors and that flower and bloom at different times throughout the growing season. Using plants that are native to your local area will make it easier to grow the plants because they are already adapted to the temperatures and rainfall that your area typically receives. A water feature or fountain not only makes a great focal point, but can also add a musical note into your garden.

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Gardening for Small Spaces

Not everybody has the space available for a lush and sprawling lawn and garden. Even with a small space there are a number of ways to incorporate beautiful ornamental flowers or useful vegetable plants into a garden plan.

Raised Planters

A great small garden idea is a raised planter; with a raised planter you can maximize space but still have a supply of vegetables throughout the growing season. Raised planters can be purchased or easily made yourself.

Experiment With Different Plants

If you are looking for a small garden idea be sure to think outside the box of plants that you typically see in gardens and yards. For example, colonnade apple trees grow upright and are extremely narrow. This gives you the benefit of having an apple tree that doesn’t take up massive amounts of your small yard.

Square Foot Gardening

Square foot gardening has gained a lot of popularity recently as a small garden idea. They are typically a bit larger than a raised planter and gives you more flexibility in the variety of garden plants you can grow.

Try Vertical Gardening

A trellis can be a stand-alone element in your small garden or it can be attached to the side of the house to even further maximize the space available. Ornamental flowers that grow up the trellis can make any vertical space in your yard more beautiful.

Stacked Pots

Small garden ideas can be as simple as a couple of stacked pots. Depending on the size of the pots they could be set on the edge or corner of a patio, or even on your front step to add a splash of greenery as a greeting to all visitors. Herbs grow especially well in stacked pots like this and have the added benefit of being useful in the kitchen as well as ornamental!

Up In The Air

If you do have room in your yard or garden space an arbor is a great small garden idea that allows you to take advantage of more of the vertical space in your yard. You can grow squashes or melons on an arbor, as the melons grow in size you will need to reinforce them with nylon strips to support the weight of the melons. Or, you can stick with ornamental flowers on your arbor.

Don’t Cut Down The Trees

Many people think if they have a small garden or lawn area there isn’t room for trees, but a small garden idea can absolutely include trees! There are a number of varieties that don’t take up a lot of real estate and still provide ample shade and added beauty to your garden. Crepe Myrtle, citrus trees, and Japanese Maples are just a few examples.

For further guidance on specific plants, trees, or more small garden ideas contact your local landscape design company. They can assist you with a design plan and implementation of that plan in your yard.

Landscaping Design Mistakes to Avoid

Gardening is an extremely rewarding endeavor. In many cases homeowners have great ideas about the various elements of a landscape design, but aren’t sure how to implement them. Planning a landscape for optimum use and ease of maintenance is a specialized skill. Hiring a pro to design your landscape can save you time and money in the long run. We’ll go over a few avoidable mistakes in landscape design to help you get the best out of your home landscape.

  1. Going Completely DIY at the Design Stage
    Use of a professional landscape designer in the planning stages can enhance your enjoyment of your home landscape, even if you intend to do seasonal the maintenance yourself.Landscape design is a profession employing skills in long term visual planning, horticultural knowledge of appropriate and long lasting plants, and the ability to look at the big picture. A living, growing landscape involves thinking about how things are going to look in all seasons, not just during the glorious spring and early summer peak flush. Training and vision is required to see how the landscape plan is going to look in five years, ten years and longer.

    Professional landscape designers have expertise on tap to make your yard maintenance tasks easier, year after year. They will know how to choose the right plants, soil amendments and materials for your climate and site, and provide a cohesive design with functionality, focal points, and low maintenance. Professional landscape design is a worthwhile investment in your home’s value and curb appeal and will pay for itself over the years by saving you the expense and labor of replanting if things don’t work out.

  1. Choosing Great Plants—for the Wrong Area or the Wrong Use
    Every gardener knows how easy it is to go overboard at the garden center when picking out plants. However, just because that plant looks gorgeous under the TLC of the nursery staff doesn’t mean it’s going to work well in your garden. You’ll want to take into consideration factors such as the amount of light or shade, the amount of time—and desire—you have for their care, what type of soil you have and whether you have kids or pets. With the latter, you will of course want to stay away from poisonous plants, but you may also want to steer clear of those rare, exquisite (and expensive) prize plants that could cause family issues if trampled on or kicked up. Your yard is not just a static view—it’s a place to be used by you and your family, a place to grow memories as well as plants. Don’t make those memories be about the time the dog dug up your rare miniature Hosta collection. Save your passion for Oleander bushes until after the kids are grown and you’ll rest easier.Challenging conditions can usually be ameliorated: soils can be amended, and trees can be pruned to open up the light at ground level. Drip irrigation can be added if you are the type of person who forgets to water the garden—or you could bypass that whole issue by choosing drought tolerant landscape varieties. These are all things to think about during the early planning stages of landscape design, and a professional landscape designer can help you make the right choices for your yard, taste, intended use, and lifestyle.
  2. Going to the Extremes
    Overuse of commonly available plants is something to avoid, as is the other extreme of going with too many hard-to-care-for exotics. First though, do your research, both online and at the garden center. Look for plants that thrive in your climate zone. Refer to the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map for precise information about average winter temperatures. This map is the standard by which gardeners can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at their location. The Kansas City metro area is zone 6a, but just north of Kansas City has a 5b rating (a bit colder). These temperature ratings will affect what will grow best in your area.It’s great fun to think about growing exotics like citrus trees or other tropical plants in your home garden, but any landscape professional will tell you that these plants are not going to overwinter here. Happily, there are many native plants that can be unusual and interesting.

    Garden centers sell a lot of impatiens, geraniums and marigolds, but not necessarily because they are the best choice for the landscape. Often it’s because they are an easy choice for the grower, with quick propagation, reliable shipping and “shelf life” in small flats. Do use these easy-to-flower annuals for the summer splash of color, but look beyond them at native perennials for that touch of the unusual.

  3. Not Considering Edibles in your Landscape Design
    It’s tremendously satisfying growing your own fresh, delicious food, and it’s easier than you might think. Consider dwarf and semi dwarf fruit trees such as apples and pears, and nuts such as hardy almond and filbert. Evaluate other edibles that can work in a permanent landscape plan, such as grape vines and berries. These can be highly ornamental as well as functional.You can see some interesting tropical fruit trees in garden centers every spring, but think back to that USDA Zone Map. You’ll need to bring these plants indoors during the winter months or they will die off after the first year. Containerized small trees are an option, but think about how much room you have inside for them 5 months out of the year—and whether you have the ideal conditions that they need (humidity and direct sunlight are musts).

    If you plan to grow edibles here, you won’t be limited to a plain-Jane apple tree. There are a large number of heirloom apple trees, and new varieties such as Honeycrisp apples and Asian pears are now available. Cherries, pecans, almonds and filberts will also grow well in our area. Concord grapes, berries of many varieties, and strawberries can be integrated into a landscape design with lovely results. The Chicago Hardy fig tree is productive and easy to grow, and bears fruit on new growth, which means that a bitter winter die-back won’t affect yield so thankfully there are many options here in the greater Kansas City area.

    Make sure that your fruit trees are self-pollinating, or choose several varieties to pollinate your edible landscape.

A well-designed landscape will give your home beauty and increase your property value. Careful preliminary planning will ensure visual integration of your home and yard as a whole. Before you get out the shovel and trowel this spring, consider calling the landscape design professionals at Second Nature Outdoor Living and Landscaping. We will give you a free quote for landscape design, landscape maintenance, and the mundane yard chores that keep you from having the time to enjoy your yard, such as mowing, trimming, fertilizing and pruning. We know you have limited time, so why spend it mowing the grass?

Our goal is to provide you with long-term enjoyment of your home landscape. We have hundreds of happy customers in the greater Kansas City metro area who will confirm the effectiveness of that claim!

For Wildflower Week, Design A Mini Wildflower Garden

The second week of May is National Wildflower Week. While clean and beautiful landscapes are all the rage, having a spot in your garden for a mini wildflower meadow will make a beautiful addition to your landscaping. To help inspire you, we have put together some information about designing a wildflower garden for Wildflower Week.

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Benefits of a Wildflower Garden

Besides providing a unique dimension to your landscaping, planting wildflowers has many benefits. Because of the grass you have to plant to support wildflower plants, it greatly reduces the amount of weeds that crop up in that section of your yard. Additionally, the wildflowers you plant can attract songbirds and butterflies to give your garden a truly magical effect. The garden provides a miniature habitat for these animals and can provide food for them as well.

Basics of Wildflower Planting

The location of your wildflower garden should be in a sunny location that receives a minimum of six hours of sun. The garden will have to be watered frequently in the beginning, about twice a day, but after the garden is growing it will need little to no care. Seeding the garden will be a little tricky depending on your flowers chosen, so it is best to consult with a landscaping design professional to get it right.

Design Tips for Success

There are a few things you can do when you plant wildflowers to create a lovely, eye-catching landscape feature. Besides some of the obvious items, like planting tall plants further back and shorter plants near the front, here are some wildflower garden design tips.

  • Plant the wildflowers in waves of color for a detailed and dramatic look. To avoid weeds, plant more than two plant species and choose an easy grass that will not compete for soil.
  • Place wildflowers in a way that will allow you to have flowers blooming year round. Research each wildflower to see when it blooms the best. Then space those blooms out throughout your wildflower garden so you have something to look at in the fall and winter.
  • Make focus points in your wildflower garden with large plants or bunches of the same wildflower.

Easy Flowers to Plant in Your Wildflower Garden

If you are not an experienced gardener, try these easy flowers for your wildflower garden.

  • Bachelor Button, also known as Cornflower, will grow up to 24 inches tall. They are good for cutting and will germinate in 14 days.
  • Coreopsis will grow to 18 to 24 inches tall and bloom for a long time. They are tolerant to drought and will germinate in five to ten days.
  • Cosmos will grow to 40 to 48 inches tall and are one of the easiest wildflowers to grow. While they are good for cutting, they will have a short vase life and will germinate in seven to 10 days.
  • Marigold will grow up to 36 inches tall and germinate in four to seven days.
  • Mexican Sunflower will grow to 30 to 48 inches tall and are long-blooming. They are tolerant to drought and will germinate in seven to 14 days.
  • Sunflowers will grow to 24 to 36 inches tall but have a short blooming season. They germinate in seven to 14 days.
  • Zinnia will grow to 18 to 24 inches tall and there are many varieties available. They are great for cutting and will germinate in three to seven days.