If you want to get the most out of designing a room, do you stop with giving it a fresh coat of paint? What different textures and colours could you introduce? How could changing the layout help you to get more out of the room? Perhaps most importantly of all, are there any features which you could add to boost the room’s value?
You should be asking the same questions when it comes to the topic of landscaping your garden. Any experienced gardener knows that there is more to it than simply picking out what plants you want; you also need to consider:
- How you will move around the space
- What you and others will use the garden for
- How you can give your plants the perfect conditions
- What features you may want to add
- How much regular care you will be able to provide
Luckily, creating a landscape garden is easier than you might think. All you need to do is follow a few crucial steps, and you will be on the way to getting the garden of your dreams!
When should I landscape my garden?
The time of year that you choose for getting your work done can have a big impact on the success of your project. This is important to consider early on, as the ‘best’ times of year usually see gardeners and landscape designers booked up weeks in advance.
Generally speaking, it is usually best to get started prior to the summer. Most plants will become dormant in the winter months, and will give you less of a hassle if you choose to dig them up and move them around. At the same time, getting everything installed prior to summer will ensure that you can make the most of the warm weather once it arrives.
What can I add to my landscape garden?
‘Landscape garden’ refers to any garden that has been designed to look attractive. It’s the difference between a back garden used solely for growing veggies and a garden where you can entertain friends, exercise or set up spaces for kids to play in.
Before you start thinking about what you’d like to add, it will be crucial to give yourself a good idea of what you have to work with. Take some measurements of your garden, and make a note of any plants or features which you would prefer not to get rid of. Once you know how much space you have to shape, you can start thinking about how to maximise its value.
When deciding what you want to add to your landscape garden, ask yourself:
- Do I want space for growing vegetables?
- What plants do I want and what conditions do they need?
- Do I want a certain style (such as urban, coastal, traditional or informal)?
- Do I want a patio or decking?
- Are there any features I want to add, such as ponds, fountains or sculptures?
- Do I want to add any furniture?
- What kind of lighting do I need?
- Who will be using the garden (remember, spouses and children may have drastically different ideas for how to get the most out of the space)?
The best advice we can give you is to take the time to look online. Not only are there hundreds of garden blogs out there, but websites like Pinterest can also offer a wealth of inspiration and examples for you to compare. You may even come across some ingenious gardening hacks to help you not only save money, but also make sure your landscape garden is fascinating and unique.
Hiring a landscape designer
If you have experience with designing and building outdoor spaces, a little inspiration could be all you need to create a top-tier landscape garden. Most of the time, however, your best bet will be to give yourself a good idea of exactly what you want, and then contact local landscape designers to start collecting quotes.
A landscape designer will handle the creation of your garden much in the same way as an architect creates a house. As well as helping you to plan out and structure your garden, they can also:
- Plan necessary plumbing or electrical lines, or bring in qualified trade professionals who can
- Help you find the right soil, drainage and shelter for your chosen plants
- Secure materials with trade prices
- Design and build patios or deckings, or outsource other tradesmen to handle it for you
- Design, source and build additional features such as fountains, lights or even raised beds
Naturally, it will be important for you to compare each of your options in order to get the best quote possible. However, this will require you to have a clear idea of exactly what you want to turn your outside space into. The more you can tell a landscape designer, landscaper or gardener, the easier it will be for them to give you what you want.
That said, it will definitely also be worth asking for their own ideas and advice. An experienced pro could offer insight that will make your landscape garden truly incredible!