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Add Interest To Your Traditional Yard

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Landscaping and fencing can be a balancing act if you have a traditional style home. This is especially true if your house is in a historical style, such as Colonial, Cape Cod or Victorian. You may want to keep your landscaping and fencing traditional while still adding curb appeal. 


Keeping the pathway wide and straight gives it a more formal feel. As the Landscaping Network points out, materials for a traditional yard include brick and pavers. So, consider creating a grand entrance to your home with the walkway from the street or driveway. Have it paved with a classic pattern of either brick or pavers, such as running bond or herring bone. Keep the walkway wide enough for two people to walk side-by-side comfortably.


Another hallmark of traditional yards, especially in the modern era, is blending form and function. As such, you want to landscape your yard beautifully but with a purpose. For example, you'll want to keep your guests on your grand walkway. A beautiful way to do this is by flanking the pathway with landscaping. Box hedges are a classic. However, pretty flower beds work well, too.

Along those lines, perhaps you'd like to beautify inside your house, too, with flowers. In that case, consider planting a cutting garden. Start with an anchor plant, such as a rose bush, and plant beautiful blooms around it. In that same vein, an herb garden is another pretty and functional addition.

Wrought Iron Fencing

Wrought iron is not only classic for traditional yards, it's luxurious. Naturally, an elaborate wrought iron fence complements historic homes, especially Colonial and Victorian. However, you have many options for wrought iron fencing, especially if you mix it with another material.

For example, if you want to keep the focus on your home and yard, consider a wrought iron fence with straight pickets between plain posts. Likewise, keep the finials plain but functional. Black is the classic color, but wrought iron can be powder coated almost any hue. White is the second most common color.

If you want to mix materials, stone or brick are beautiful, old-world complements to wrought iron. You could have solid posts constructed of one of those materials alternating with wrought iron panels. Alternatively, consider having a half-wall constructed of stone or brick topped with curlicues of wrought iron. This option affords you more privacy and security.

Banish a bland yard by adding beautiful but traditional elements that create curb appeal.