The popular ranch style home originated in the era 1950-1960, shortly after Word War II and is still found widely, especially in the US. This architectural style is marked with a flexible and comfortable single story floor plan, simple design lines and easy maintenance. This is still a contemporary style, and you may find yourself wanting to build, renovate or landscape in a manner that is sympathetic to this design. Ranch style home landscaping combines some unique features: broad shady trees and rambling plants, often contrasted with vertical plants with easy care a key consideration.
Since a ranch style home features long horizontal lines, for landscaping we seek balance by planting low growing plants, like holy shrub, forsythia shrub or hydrangea shrub. To enhance visual appeal, you might arrange plantings in a curved manner to break up the strong horizontal lines of the home. For a more natural look, add grasses around the shrubs. Flower beds can be added in combination with the shrubs to provide more variety to the structures used in your landscaping. When selecting shrubs, consider using medium size plants as particularly tall shrubs and trees can appear unbalanced with the low lines of the home’s architecture. Magnolia is a tree you that often works well when combined with shrubs and flower beds.
Another consideration when planning ranch style home landscaping is the privacy aspect. Popular options would include the choice between a solid wooden fence and fast tall growing plants. For the traditional look, a wooden fence is good for your landscape, giving you a choice in color and style. But if you desire a more natural and greener environment, then why not build a fence with fast growing plants? These plants provide freshness that a wooden fence might lack and help to freshen the air, releasing oxygen for your daily living. Some fast growing plants alternatives to consider include: red cedar, red maple and honey locust.
To connect your driveway to your ranch style home, build a paved walkway. A significant challenge with garden design for this style of home is avoiding a rigid look with all of the strong lines of the home. You can solve this problem with potted trees to break up the lines. Place the pots in multiple locations, for example in front of the garage and along any walkway. Use a combination of potted trees and other low plants. This will help to make it look softer than before. Also consider the color and texture of the flowers and bark of your plants and how this will enhance the appearance of your home.
Fish pond and waterfall garden
If you like relaxing beside a fish pond, then great, as this landscaping feature suits this style of home. When you create a fish pond, consider how you could combine it with a fountain or waterfall for the garden. Even a pond of a small size is enough to add a relaxing ‘zen’ space to your garden. If you find watching fish in a pond soothing why not build a koi fish pond and have golden sparkling fish in your pond. Originally ranch style homes were primarily built in rural regions, where living with nature was part of the appeal. A fish pond is a fits with this character of home, though the pond and surrounds should not be too formal.
Add texture with ornamental grass
Ornamental grasses are widely used in modern landscaping, and are a helpful for ranch style home landscaping for adding texture. Again be conscious of height and select ornamental grasses which grow no more than six feet tall. Some ornamental grasses also have spectacular flowers. Consider this when planting them so that you arrange them in clusters based on similarity of type and color.
Balancing with small trees
Now planting only shrubs, ornamental grasses and low growing plants limits your choice and could result in a boring and monotonous appearance. To provide a little height combine your plantings with small trees. Limit yourself to trees that will grow between 15-25 feet tall. Suitable small trees for this purpose are eastern redbud, crape myrtle and eastern flower dogwood. These trees also have the advantage that they grow fast and produce beautiful flowers during spring.
Keep your landscaping looking natural. Build walkway and garden edging from brick. This has a number of benefits. Firstly, there is the affordable price, and in addition bricks are available anywhere, easy to work with and durable enough for most applications. Bricks are also the ideal way to finish of your landscaping in a way which perfectly reflects the genuine ranch style home.