Whether you have just moved into a new home or you are wanting to freshen up your backyard. There is plenty to consider when designing your garden. Which is why I have teamed up with Houseology to put together a few ideas to help you plan and create your picture-perfect garden.
What do you need or want?
It can be tempting to buy everything that catches your eye at the local supermarket and garden centre. However, it is important to sit down and really think what you need or want from your garden. Maybe you need a child-friendly space for your little ones to play and explore or perhaps you need somewhere to grow your own plants or produce. Whatever your reason for redesigning your garden, it’s important to clear up any details before you make any significant changes.
Create a statement piece
You don’t have to start your garden design with a focal point, but you don’t want to finish the project and think its missing something. Some designs lend themselves to the obvious focal points: a zen-like garden with a small water feature, a large statue/ornament and or statement shrub or olive tree.
If you want to create your perfect garden, then it will need to be functional as well as physically appealing. For example, if you’re looking to grow your own produce or herbs, you will have to consider the placement of your plot and how much area will be needed. If you are new to growing your own produce it is probably best to start off with smaller projects such as growing your own herbs or fruit.
Although flowers can be a quick way to transform your garden, why not experiment with some unusual garden art? Pairing art with the natural landscape can create stunning focal points both you and your guests are sure to love. From mosaics to statues, there are plenty of garden ornaments to choose from. If you are looking to save money, you can always upcycle some of your unwanted furniture and incorporate it into your back-garden design.
Use local plants and produce
Although tropical plants or flowers may seem more appealing, choosing more native plants can save both time and maintenance. Not only can you get on a plethora of stunning flowers and plants, but native plants require less water and hands-on care, as they’ve evolved to thrive in your local climate.
Combine textures and materials
Due to the number of plants and nature usually found in a garden, there are all different types of textures and colours to play around with. In order to fully embrace texture, you can always add a variety of objects and materials to highlight the contrast between nature and architectural accents. You can do this be important rustic rocks, stained wood and a flowing river feature.
So, if you are looking for ways to create your own picture-perfect garden, be sure to use some of these tips. Not every dream garden is the same but it’s important to understand the basics before getting too far into your design.