Friday, April 24, 2009

Even in Hawaii Kai, Spring is a Season

As Spring comes to Hawaii, even we lucky folks who live there think of gardening and planting, and even more beauty blooming in profusion around our island paradise. Adding landscaping to your home, in any size area or style, will bring a valuable addition to your Hawaii Kai lifestyle and property enjoyment.

Here are a few helpful tips to start or remodel your landscaping:

1. Assess your space and decide what you hope to achieve in your area (yard or lanai)

2. Be informed on what plants grow well in which spaces - full sun, shade, containers

3. Create focal points and scale them to your space (color, texture, groupings)

4. Leave areas available for unifying plants - perhaps repeating the same plant or a variation in a different location

5. Use potted plants to provide visual appeal and interest up close (especially if you don't have a panoramic view of Diamond Head)

6. Every space is important - do some research, consider future growth (remember our tropical climate) and which plants grow best together (herbs for insect inhibition)

7. Create interest with different textures like lava rocks, borders, stones, and ground cover if you have a yard

8. Use special elements like a bird feeder, tiki lamps, wind chimes to create more interest and appeal - to you and your guests

These suggestions should give you some ideas. If you come up with something you want to share, contact me and I'll feature it with photos here on my blog.
Good luck!

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