There are so many different aspects to consider when you are designing a landscape suitable for the Dallas Texas climate. Some of the principles haven’t changed since 1941 (Planting Manual for Dallas Gardens).
Here are just a few:
One of the first points is not to rush your decisions – there are many alternatives for almost any backyard design and it is important to take your time to consider all the possibilities. In fact time spent in the planning stages pays off dividends later, as a mistake early on will cost a lot more to rectify or change later. And of course if you are a garden lover there is much enjoyment to be had by studying and learning about landscape options in the first place.
Let’s start by thinking about the purpose of your landscape design. What different areas do you want in your garden? Do you want a large lawn area, maybe some seats under the shade of large trees or a sunbathing area next to the pool (most people find a swimming pool to be an essential element for the Dallas summers!), a quiet corner for reading, a gazebo, an outdoor cooking area for a BBQ? The possibilities are endless, and only limited by your imagination (and budget!).
Starting out is best to mentally plan, or much better to sketch out a high-level plan that shows where the different outdoor spaces and areas will be located in your garden. Then in each of the identified areas, add in the garden design elements that you want. These can include paths, fences, gates, seats and benches, lampposts, gazebo, cabana, storage, drying, pergola, arch, conservatory, barbecue pit, outdoor kitchen area garage, sculptures, pebbles, dog kennel, tables with umbrellas, sun loungers, and on and on. There are so many beautiful elements that you can choose in your garden designs. We also like the use of large potted plants which add a splash of color, and can also be easily relocated at a later time.
Then it is time to move on to the choice of plants, again the choice is vast, including trees, palms, shrubs, roses, perennials, annual bulbs, herbs, cacti and succulents, water, vegetables and fruit. The choice is also determined by the climate. In Dallas Texas, the summers are long and dry, and it makes a lot of sense to choose drought resistant plants which are better able to withstand the summer heat.
As you can see there are so many choices for your backyard design, and it is always better to get help from an expert landscape designer to help plan a beautiful outdoor space to come home to.