Garden Design Inspiration
Having an outdoor space away from news alerts, notifications, emails and calls is said to offer multiple health benefits and we can see why! With proven results that the great outdoors can help to relieve stress and boost esteem, there’s no time like the present to get to work on your outdoor space. That’s why, this month, Home View have put together an article about the things to consider when designing a new garden, as well as the materials you can use to create your very own tranquil oasis. So let’s get started and breathe some character into your garden.
Research garden landscaping ideas
Take inspiration from public gardens, garden shows, garden centres and other people’s gardens! By viewing and visiting these places you will be able to figure out your likes and dislikes, which is key when deciding on your tastes.
Always keep in mind the size of your garden and consider what you want out of your garden – it might be that you want to grow your own vegetable patch, have a water feature and a bench or an entertainment decking area for guests.
Once you know what styles you like and what the purpose of your garden will be – draw it up. Create a mood board with good ol’ paper and glue or hop on Pinterest to gather together your favourite images.
Elements to consider when planning a garden transformation:
- Hedges and fences
- Lighting out-buildings
- Paths and patios
- Planting (trees, shrubs, flowers)
- Walls and boundaries
- Water features
- Zoning areas (dining, playing, shading)
The shape and size of your plot of land
Consider the direction your plot of land faces, the style of home you have and your surrounding areas. By doing this, you will be able to better balance your garden design, making sure every area of the garden is used well.
Formal or informal gardens?
By formal or informal gardens, we mean do you wish for your garden to be spotless and geometric with lots of clean lines and trimmed back hedging and trees or do you like informal gardens with relaxed, organic curves?
Mixing hard and soft landscaping
Generally speaking, for an ideal balance, you will want to incorporate both hard and soft landscaping to achieve beautiful harmony outdoors. Unsure what hard and soft landscaping is? We’ve explained below!
Hard landscaping – metals, concrete, painted walls, mirrors
Mix of hard and soft scaping – water features
Soft landscaping – dirt, plants, shrubs, trees, flowers
Landscaping materials you’re likely to use
- Aggregates and sand (check they’re for horticultural use)
- Concrete, mortar and render
- Exterior paints and finishes
- Landscaping fabric
- Paving/block paving
- Timber and/or decking
With landscaping projects, you’re likely to accumulate a lot of surplus waste, so be prepared with your waste removal solutions such as a skip – it might be the case that your landscaping professionals are able to sort out waste clearance for you.
Should I hire a professional landscaper?
Trying to source all materials and understanding where to start on your project can be daunting but if you have the time and resources – it might not be an issue. However, if you’d like to talk your project through with a professional, you can be sure that they will work closely with you and help you to achieve the most beautiful landscape that your budget allows.
If you have your mood boards ready or you would simply like to know more about Home View Landscaping and our services, please get in contact with our knowledgeable team today.