The right landscape bed addition can make a significant impact on the curb appeal of your Elkhart Indiana home or business. If you plan it right, you can make your property look as if you spend hours every week maintaining your landscape when, really, your landscape beds require little to no maintenance!

Landscape bed additions such as native plants/shrubs/trees, rocks, and boulders don’t need much care but they add great focal points to your property. Top it off with some low-maintenance LED lighting and your new landscape will look elegant and professional without the hassle of spending your precious free-time maintaining your landscape. Continue reading for hassle-free landscape bed additions for the Northern Indiana area.

Add Native Plants, Shrubs, & Trees for a Pop of Color

Native vegetation such as plants, shrubs, and trees have a symbiotic relationship with a specific environment, making that ecosystem the most ideal habitat. It takes hundreds, if not thousands, of years for this relationship to form. Native vegetation makes for an excellent, low-maintenance landscape addition. For centuries, native plants, trees, and shrubs have learned how to survive in their current environment without human assistance. This means that you will have to do less watering, weeding, and fertilizing than you would if you planted vegetation that is unequipped to grow naturally in that environment.

Native Northern Indiana Trees:

  • Virginia Pine
  • Hemlock
  • White Oak

Native Northern Indiana Shrubs:

  • Black Chokeberry
  • Spicebush
  • Eastern Wahoo

Native Northern Indiana Plants:

  • Royal Fern
  • Flowering Dogwood
  • Celandine Poppy
  • Wild Geranium

Use Boulders to Create a Natural Statement Piece

Boulders are a distinctive landscape bed addition that many property owners don’t think about using. However, some large, shapely boulders can create interesting focal points for a landscape by acting as natural statement pieces. Because boulders are nothing more than natural rocks, they require no maintenance! Other benefits of this landscape addition are that they:

  • Fill empty spaces
  • Create an artistic arrangement
  • Have unique shapes, sizes, and textures

Skip the Mulch - Use Stones & Rocks Instead!

Landscape beds benefit from mulch because it reduces the evaporation of moisture from the soil, allowing plants to consume more water. They also protect the soil and shallow plant roots from excessive sunlight, preventing weeds from sprouting. The downside to mulch, though, is that it disintegrates over time and will need annual replacement.

Decorative small stones and rocks can offer the same benefits as mulch without the added maintenance requirements. Once you install stones or rocks on your landscape beds, that's it! No further maintenance is required and you can enjoy a landscape bed that continues to look like it was just installed that day!

A rock landscape bed wit purple and yellow flowers in Elkhart, IN.

Illuminate Your Property With LED Lighting

The uses of landscape lighting are almost limitless. You can add exterior lighting to your property to light up walls, accent specific features, light paths, shine down on plants, and more. Using LED (light-emitting diodes) for your outdoor lighting will produce brilliant illuminations in various colors and temperatures for you to choose from. They are the most energy-efficient lights on the market, making them a perfect low-maintenance option.

LEDs are also incredibly durable because of their epoxy resin casing. They can withstand all weather conditions, shocks, and vibrations. These lights are also capable of lasting for years with continuous use, so you won’t have to worry about bulb replacements.

Call us to create an elegant landscape without the hassle!

We want to give your property a beautiful and low-maintenance makeover so that you can spend more time enjoying it and less time maintaining it! We offer our services to Elkhart, Granger, South Bend, and surrounding Indiana locations. Let our team use our expertise and experience to help you create a landscape bed that thrives on its own! Give our office a call at (574) 326-3526 to schedule your consultation and get started with us today.