Every neighborhood has that one house where everyone seems to stop and admire the flowers and gardens. There’s no doubt about it, landscaping can add incredible appeal to a home. Expressing the homeowner’s personal taste into their surrounding property can also be a very artistic endeavor. If you’re thinking about transforming your front or back yards, but aren’t sure it’s worth your while, here are four inspirational points that demonstrate exactly how landscaping can improve your life.

It Brings Out Your Inner Artist

When you begin choosing from different landscapes for your yard, you can actually expand on the very motif that you selected for the interior of the home. For example, if your home’s decor is Tuscan, then you could incorporate cypress trees, lavender and terracotta pots into your garden. If you’re in love with tropical themes, then potted palms and hibiscus trees might be more your style. Landscaping provides you with a huge outdoor platform to express yourself as artistically as you like, bringing your favorite theme outside to share with everyone.

You’ll Have a Hobby for Life

Landscaping isn’t an improvement you make once and you’re done. It’s a living, growing part of your land that will need to be regularly maintained. Gardening is a very healthy pastime and when you landscape your property, this hobby will be with you for many years. You’ll need to know how to property weed, prune and trim your plants, whether they require sun or shade and how to add new ones when you’re ready. Make sure you understand you’ll be making a commitment to long, peaceful days spent in the presence of beautiful plants and flowers.

It Provides Peaceful Retreat

Your gardens and landscaping can provide the ultimate backyard retreat. Imagine winding stone walkways, bordered by hanging flowers and the smell of lilacs and honeysuckle. You can build a pond, bridge and add birdhouses and wind chimes. You’ll attract hummingbirds, songbirds and honeybees. Best of all, you can continuously add new types of flowers or change existing ones. There’s no better way to shed the stress of a long, hard day than meandering though your own private sanctuary.

You’ll Eat Better for Less

Depending on what style landscaping you choose, you might decide to incorporate edibles into your design. Many people choose to plant fruit trees and build multi-leveled gardens for herbs and vegetables. Growing these types of plants is incredibly gratifying because you literally get to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Fresh and delicious food from your garden will save you lots of money and they’re all pesticide-free. If you have kids, this is a great project to do together.

It Will Motivate You

Making positive changes of any kind to your home always results in feeling motivated to keep up the good work. With a landscaping project, you get to share these improvements with everyone around. When you incorporate your own unique and personalized touch to the flowers, plants and design scheme you choose, you will in turn inspire others. Don’t be surprised if your house turns into the one that everyone stops to admire.