So you’ve just moved into your new custom home and you’re focused on finishing touches. Likely, you’re probably thinking more about interior design choices– but what about outside? What about the landscape? The landscaping may be less exciting than the inside of your home, but you want to make sure your home is as beautiful on the outside as it is on the inside. 

After all– the first thing people will notice about your home is the exterior! 

If you’re not sure where to get started with your home’s landscaping, we have some easy landscaping tips for you. 

1. Mulch

Mulch is low-maintenance, retains moisture, regulates soil temperature, and prevents weeds– perfect for keeping your plants well care for. Not only is it a great way to keep your landscape healthy, but it’s also aesthetically appealing so you can use it to highlight certain aspects of your landscaping, such as lawn decor or your mailbox. Mulch is fantastic for giving the exterior of your home a nice clean, finished look. 

2. Select Low-Maintenance Flowers & Shrubs

Remember that whatever you plant in your yard will need to be given some care and the care that different plants require varies greatly. Some high-maintenance plants may look really attractive in your landscaping, but could also mean lots of watering, weeding, and pruning. So if you’d rather not invest the time required in caring for high-maintenance– or invest the money in a gardener –you’re best off sticking to plants that require minimum care. 

You may also want to consider ground cover plants– these are low-maintenance plants that will cover a large area, protect from drought, and prevent loss of nutrients and soil erosion. These are perennial plants so you will not need to plant them year after year because they will come back on their own.

Some great ground cover plants include:

  • Lamb’s Ears
  • Stonecrop
  • Black-eyed Susans
  • Vinca Minor
  • Brass Buttons
  • Honeysuckle
  • Creeping Phlox
  • Creeping Thyme

3. Instead of Concrete, Use Natural Stone

Natural stone is a great alternative to cement. While it’s generally a bit more expensive, it’s also more green because it comes from the earth– not a manufacturing plant. Natural stone also doesn’t require consistent maintenance like concrete, and it’s much more beautiful. Stone pavers are a particularly great option for making use of natural stone because they come in a variety of textures and colors and you can create great designs that match your home’s exterior. Plus, they are low-maintenance materials that last a long time and are easy to repair.

4. Make Stone Walkways

If your new home has a large front yard, you have a great setting to create a stone walkway. Using a natural stone walkway that leads to the front door of the house will give it a visually appealing look. It enhances the entrance of your home and gives an overall more welcoming appearance. 

Pro tip: Plant some perennial flowers along the sides of the stone walkway to really make it pop.

5. Hardscape Away

Hardscape– the opposite of softscape, which includes all the living stuff in your landscape –is, obviously, the hard stuff in your yard. Whether it’s concrete, brick, or stone, hardscaping brings some balance to the gorgeous natural softscaping in your yard. Retaining walls are great hardscaping elements, in particular, because they have both aesthetic and utility. They can be used as a multi-level patio, additional flower bed, or even additional seating. We recommend using natural stone to create seating such as benches or even to surround a fire-pit.


Don’t just feel confident about the interior design of your new home– feel confident about the landscaping too! These above tips are great for creating a timeless outdoor space that you love and are proud to call home. 

Considering a brand new custom home or renovations to your current home? Donnelly Timmons provides custom homes and renovations in Nashville– including Forest Hills, Oak Hill, Green Hills, Franklin, and Brentwood. Contact Donnelly Timmons for a free consultation today!