Typically small and simple, bungalow houses have one or one-and-a-half stories with overhanging gable roofs, large porches, natural siding and square bay windows. Make use of scale, variety and creativity for bungalow landscaping ideas. Try theme gardens for different areas of the yard. Weave together the hard elements of the landscape with the planting beds. Create a seamless flow from one space to the next. Landscaping is similar to decorating a house: Choose what you like and work with the space available.
A front yard cottage garden fits well with the small size of a bungalow. Plant numerous flowering plants that bloom throughout the growing season. Use an informal design that mimics nature. Intersperse wildflowers and bulbs. Make roses a key feature of the theme. Train climbing roses up porch columns. Use bush varieties as focal points amongst lower growing flowers. Pave pathways with pea gravel. Build a small fence with a garden gate to finish the look.
Create outdoor rooms in the back yard. Separate areas with plants. Make a patio private by surrounding it with tall shrubs and trellises. Train clematis up an arbor for a dramatic entrance. Turn a corner into a children's area. Place a bench under a shade tree. Grow shade-loving hostas and heucharas for colour. Connect the areas with stepping stone paths with low growing thyme and chamomile between the stones. Utilise the centre of the yard for a lawn. Edge planting beds with flowing lines and natural materials, such as rocks.
The sides of houses present challenges. Overhanging roofs of bungalows cause dry soil conditions. Consider diverting downspout water into the beds to add moisture. Use the south side for small vegetable and herb gardens. Place taller plants, such as heirloom tomatoes and pole beans, closer to the house and grow vertically using trellises. Use peppers, basil and chives for the middle. Edge the vegetable bed with a variety of colourful lettuce and low growing herbs. North side beds receive little sun, so choose shade plants and groundcovers. East and west facing beds get partial sun. Many plants do well in semi-sunny spots. Be creative with colour and texture. Include evergreen shrubs and flowering bushes.
Be cautious when planting trees. Choose the correct size and planting location. A tree that provides afternoon shade for the bungalow in the summer keeps the house cooler. Too many large trees make the yard overly shady and dry, limiting your landscaping choices. Plant trees on the north and west of the yard. Trees need plenty of room for root growth. Use dwarf varieties in small yards.
Spread a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch in all planting beds. Know what type of soil you have and choose plants that do well in that soil type or amend the soil. Try to use plants that have water needs similar to the amount of rain your yard normally receives. Keep future growth and size in mind when spacing plants. Don't overcrowd. Match the scale of the landscape design and plants to the bungalow.