Landscaping your garden can seem really challenging. However, with sunny days on offer it is a great way to ensure you make the most of your outside space. If your garden is beautiful, you are that much more likely to spend time in it with your family and friends. Doing so is a great boost to your physical and mental wellbeing. Here are 5 tips for landscaping your garden whether you go it alone or take on landscape gardeners.
Your first step is to dream a little. What would your ideal outside space look like? Would you like to theme it around a particular country or garden you have visited? Would you like different areas for different purposes such as playing and growing vegetables? I fancy putting in a wall that reminds me of my Yorkshire heritage perhaps with some attractive wall toppers that really add that finishing touch. Make sure all members of the household are involved in this process. Get your pen and paper out and draw or write your ideas so they don’t get lost along the way. This might the a good time to consult some experienced gardeners too to draw on their expertise.
Set a budget
It can seem boring when you are fantasising about your perfect dream garden to face financial reality. However, if you do not do so costs can run away with you. What can you really afford to invest in your dream garden? Make sure you have set money aside for the unexpected because life teaches us an unexpected bill will turn up just at the worst possible moment when we were making other plans. Get quotes from a number of gardening companies before selecting one for the work.
Consider the elements
Your garden needs to serve your needs all year round. Be aware of where the windy areas of your outside space are. That might not be the best place for a barbecue or fire pit. If you intend to eat outside, ensure there is some means of shade for the hotter months. To be honest, it is a great idea to have shady areas anyway as the sun can get too much for all of us from time to time.
Good landscape design includes at least one focal point and ideally several. Think about water features, sculptures or a summer house. It may be a particularly striking plant or a pond.
Good landscape design includes different sizes, shapes and colours. You may want climbing plants against a wall and smaller ones nearer paths. Sometimes you will want to celebrate something such as a favourite colour or type of plant but do not make it too monotonous. Mixing things up is good.
What tips do you have for landscaping your garden?