I recently did a quick landscaped area behind my garage to tie it in with other areas of my property. Free mulch from the township was also used. I am fortunate that our township accepts tree limbs and branches once a month during the Spring and Summer which they grind down for township residence use. Since I have such a large property with many landscaped areas and beds, the free mulch helps me build up the foundation layers which I later may cover with nicer mulch. I'm leaving this area a bit more natural with a woodlands look. Allowing native plants and flowers to fill in, such asiatic dayflowers.
|A natural, woodland approach|
|Blue Asiatic Dayflower|
|Ajuga and Spirea will fill fill this bank with purple and pink color next year.|
Another area behind the garage which I did months ago is bordered with found rocks and field stone from my property. I also used some cool, old branches as well, to define areas and add some interest. I transplanted some ajuga groundcover which is taking off nicely already. I always get pieces of it popping up in my gravel driveway so now they have a better home. To the right are other little guys that always grow from my gravel near their parent Spirea. These pink spireas are quite prolific. I have them everywhere and have lately begun massing them together to see if I can create entire banks of color (such as in the bed above.)
|Purple/Blue Ajuga. An excellent groundcover with wonderful colored green and red-purple leaves.|
So, landscaping does not have to cost a fortune. All of the items above were free from my property. I'm sure you can create a similar landscaped area of your own with branches, rocks and plants found around your property. You may even be able to get free mulch from your township or municipality.