A preferential part of the garden or, in the contrary, a low-profile corner that nobody ever uses can very easily be transformed to a special place for relaxation and well-being.
Tip: Always draw your landscaping layout after careful examination of the garden’s orientation, the sun’s position throughout the day (and in the course of the year), the winds blowing in the area.
Your garden should look fabulous, but, most of all, you should be able to live in it according to your specific lifestyle.
For example, you wouldn’t want to plant the sensitive mimosas in the path of the wild winter northern winds – and you definitely wouldn’t want to build a swimming pool or a porch that the sun visits no more than a couple of hours every day.
Landscaping design is done according to both aesthetic and rational standards.
Try to include as many environmental and personal factors that you know would influence the design of your garden. Think them over. Then, start drawing.
Small Garden & Medium Sized Garden Ideas Picture Gallery
In the following video, you will see how dull patches in the garden were fashioned into elegant and functional spaces, offering a special tone and a vivid atmosphere to the house:
Landscaping Before and After Pictures
Even if your garden looks absolutely desperate – as the one you will see right away – give your imagination the reigns and let it lead you to its wildest fantasies. Nothing needs to remain as you once knew it. Raise mounds, create ponds, split the area according to your own geography: you are a small god in this portion of land.
We have already talked about the importance of drawing a blueprint of your garden as you want it to look when finished. Not everyone is good with pencil and paper though – or, it may very well be that you would love to do it, but you don’t have the time. A simple, easy-to-use 3D Landscaping software will help you see your vision created on the screen, before you get too deep into actually building it.
Hard Landscaping: Laying the Foundations
One important distinction to make is the one between hard and soft landscaping.
While soft landscaping refers to working with the selection, arrangement, planting and handling of the verdure (something that most garden owners enjoy doing themselves), hard landscaping comprises all the preparatory work, such as
- Retaining walls
- Foundations for sheds and greenhouses;
- Ponds and built-in swimming pools;
- Porches, gazebos, decking
- Paving, paths, driveways
- Stairways, terraces, patios
- Drainage and guttering
and it usually requires some prior experience with the digging, trenching and building involved. In certain instances, it may also require special tools and knowledge on the kinds of works performed. Just keep in mind that you’re not a professional, and feel free to ask expert advice at whatever stage of your project you think you may need some.
How to Transform Your Backyard into a Secret Garden
The happy owner in the following video displays a terrific landscaping project that took him four summers to complete. Many people find this sort of exercise fun and rewarding – building your own garden will certainly give you a sense of fulfillment and pride.
Hire a Professional Landscaping Company
Even if you want to relegate the task to a landscaping professional, remember that a garden is a living, evolving entity. The image you will get from your newly-constructed garden will be quite different from the one you’re going to enjoy in one, two or four years’ time.