Although driveway design affects the look of your landscape, driveway landscaping is really about the landscaping elements that you can add to the sides, top, and bottom of the driveway.
Your driveway’s landscape is the entrance to your property, and can add to or distract from the rest of the landscape. If you carefully choose features and elements that are attractive and creative, you can have a fairly low-cost, yet inviting, driveway.
Decide if you want the landscape elements to run the length of the driveway or to simply accent the driveway’s entrance. If you only have a small budget, then accenting either side of the driveway near the entrance will cost less than fully landscaping the driveway, yet greatly enhance the look of your property.
Before landscaping the driveway, make sure that your work will not be wasted. For example, if your neighborhood has a lot of children, a flowerbed at the entrance, near the street, may not be a wise decision. A better choice might be an attractive fence, rock wall, or small rock garden.
Also determine the footpaths traveled by those who live in the house. Make sure that any elements you add to the sides or ends of the driveway will not interfere with established walkways.
Softscape landscaping ideas include beds of colorful annuals, groundcover along the drive to create a natural and interesting border with the lawn, ornamental trees, and shrubs.