If you’re busy getting your garden and landscape ready for spring, but aren’t sure yet how you can improve the look and feel of your property, don’t fret yet. Here are several garden design ideas that if you implement them can help to make your landscape look the best that it ever has.
Not every tip will work on every property, but if you use these to get started thinking, taking the ones that work the best, and discarding the others, you’ll be well on your way to designing an amazing garden you can enjoy at all points of the year.
1. Give Your Deck or Patio Enough Room
Odds are a significant portion of the time that you spend outside is going to be spent on your deck or patio. Because of this, you need to make sure that you have enough space dedicated to the area and you don’t overcrowd it! While odds are that you won’t be able to increase the size of your patio or deck easily, make sure you’re not overloading the area with things such as cast aluminum patio furniture.
Try to keep at least a three-foot circle of space open around any deck, chairs, or tables to allow people to walk around and comfortably get up and sit down. This will create a more open feeling and let any guests you have to mingle more easily.
2. Don’t Forget About Lighting
When it comes to garden designs and ideas, the type of garden light fixtures that you choose is just as important as the plants that you choose. Adding lighting to your landscape accents it at night and can even make it slightly safer as you can see more easily where you’re going in the dark! Besides, why should your enjoyment of your landscape end when the sun goes down? For some of the best lighting that you can use, make sure you get lights from a quality manufacturer like Malibu garden lights.
3. Add Tiny Accents
When you’re thinking of garden design plans, no matter how small it is, don’t forget about adding tiny accents like a solar birdbath, archways, or even small water features. They can add to the atmosphere and look of your garden. However, this can be a double-edged sword. Make sure that you don’t try to crowd in too many objects, it can make your garden simply look tacky. Instead, pick one or two things you like and showcase them.
4. Make Sure Your Garden Looks Attractive Year Round
Almost everyone’s garden looks attractive during the spring and summer months when plants are blooming and in looking at their best. But what does your garden look like during the winter months? Is it dead and dry? Try to incorporate a few evergreens or plants that still look attractive even when the sun’s gone into hiding for most of the day. It might help to lift your winter blues!
5. Give Your Plants Room to Grow
When you’re initially planting your plants, remember that they will grow out as well as up, so make sure you give them enough room to grow so your plants won’t look jammed together when they reach maturity.
One important point here is to make sure that you plant any especially big plants like trees and shrubs, as well as thorny plants a fair distance away from areas where people will be walking or using. While a rose bush may look beautiful next to your patio if you keep getting stuck in the thorns you might find yourself tearing it out!
6. Give Your Plants Multiple Purposes
Another great garden design idea is to choose and plant the plants you use so that they have multiple uses. Plant large trees around decks or patios to give some shade from the sun and some shelter from light rain. Tall trees and shrubs can also be used as privacy screens to keep your neighbor’s prying eyes out of your house and yard. And you can even use some plants as windbreaks or for other purposes. Plants that look good and that are functional as well will greatly add to your garden.
7. Use the Right Pavers
Finally, while you’re thinking of landscape design ideas, don’t forget about the pavers that you’re using to make the paths and steps around your property. Make sure that they won’t wobble when you install them and when they get wet they won’t be slick. Smooth paver stones can present a hazard for you or anyone else walking around your property after even a brief rainstorm.
Landscape garden design might involve a lot of choices and creativity, but putting together an amazing garden is more than worth the payoff. Use some of these garden design ideas to improve your garden starting today.
Bounce Steps for Water Garden Design is an important first step in producing the perfect effect
Garden Design is an Important First Step in Producing the Perfect Effect
Water Garden Design is an
important first step in producing the perfect effect
The images on this site are taken from our latest project. Good water garden design draws concepts from a variety of sources. It is a good idea to look at other water gardens to get ideas.
Water garden design and water feature design is probably the most important step in creating a garden to suit your needs exactly. Pond design is a very exciting and stimulating stage as it allows you to conjure up the perfect garden for you, first in your mind’s eye, then on paper.
The garden should appear to ‘flow and draw the eye into the scene. In the project featured in this site, the Victorian bench is a strong focal point. The flagged path draws the eye into the rose arch at the bottom of the pond.
That’s all very well but where to start?
It may well be that you already have a garden that you are happy with but need to enhance it with a garden pond or other water feature. On the other hand, you may decide to redesign your garden from scratch.
Whatever the case there are many straightforward procedures that you should follow to make the water garden design stage rewarding, exciting, and above all achievable.
Before making decisions visit as many water gardens as possible and make notes, mental or otherwise, on any ideas or features that you like and may fit in with your plans.
Some excellent books are available with images of water gardens and there are some very good sites on the internet. Don’t forget that pond design, water feature design, and water garden design need to be integrated to get a consistent and harmonious effect. Now get started.
Measure the garden dimensions.
Outline the space, to a suitable scale on a piece of graph paper.
Look where the light is and note any prevalently shaded areas of the garden. Mark these on the plan. This will be useful when planning the planting of your garden.
Decide on the shape, size, and location of the pond. Consider access to all edges of a pond for maintenance and planting, viewing points for a pond, sitting of filter and waterfall if needed, and how well the shape of the pond blends in with the shape of the garden and intended ‘feel’ of the garden e.g. formal or informal, wildlife or child friendly or both, etc.
Decide on features of the pond e.g. bog area, pebble beach, waterfall, fountain.
Sketch outline of a pond and roughly indicate features on a plan.
Consider any alterations and/or alterations that need to be made to the rest of the garden to accommodate and maximize the impact of the water feature. Remember that the pond WILL be the dominant focus of your water garden and the rest of the garden should not clash in terms of feel and atmosphere. Mark these alterations on your plan.
Redraw plan to scale on graph paper and add details of hard surfaces and focal points.
Roughly sketch in planting plans in any beds, exact plants are not required yet but heights and colors would be useful. Your preliminary water garden design is now complete.