ROANOKE, Va. -

From the busy moms to avid gardeners, there are many ways anyone can spruce up their lawns this summer.

Kevin Harter, a manager for the Home Depot garden center, says it's important to always have a plan when changing your landscape.

He says there are several points to consider when planning a new yard arrangement:

  • How much sunlight does your yard get? Some plants require six or more hours, or six or less hours of sunlight.
  • How much shade does your yard get?
  • Do you have a large deer population near your neighborhood? Harter recommends choosing plants with thorns or sharper leaves to deter deer.
  • How much space do you have?

Harter recommends for quick fixes, annuals, like vincas, are the way to go. They last through early spring into the late summer. Most of those flowers offer a nice pop of color.

Something else to remember is arranging your plants in a way that will make your lawn look its best. Here are some more gardening tips to help with planning:

  • Space: Pick a mixture of plants that are high and low to the ground to create harmony and diversity. You don't want to overcrowd your plants. Giving plants some space makes it easier to pick weeds.
  • Color: Choose a variety of colors to make your garden pop. Bright colors such as reds and yellows are good for accent, variety and for attracting attention to specific areas. Blues and dark colors create shade and depth.
  • Texture: Use plants with different foliage, leaves and blooms to mix things up.
  • Plant arrangement: Specimen plants draw attention to themselves because of their color, shape or size and should be separated in the landscape. Trees and large shrubs are two examples. Mass plantings enhance the appearance of plants that may not be as attractive or effective individually, like annuals, perennials, and small shrubs. On more naturalized landscapes, plant shrubs in odd numbered clusters for a more natural look.