Decorative plantings that make a home or business look less like a box and more like part of its surroundings.

Landscaping typically includes sod for a lawn, trees for shade, hedges for privacy and as a natural fence, and flowering plants for color. Garden gnomes and plastic pink flamingos are optional.

Improving the landscaping of a home before you sell it will often improve the selling price by more than you paid for the landscaping, sometimes by a few thousand dollars more.

Landscaping can be done as a do-it-yourself project, if you keep in mind which plants like full sun and which like indirect lighting, which need to be watered frequently and which are suitable for xeriscaping, which trees will stain your driveway, etc. You might also want to consult a landscape architect.