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Let’s face it – nowadays many landscapes look like a bunch of randomly chosen and chaotically placed plants. They lack cohesion, and what’s even worse, the misplaced plants become a kind of impediment that require expensive harmful insect treatments, frequent trimming or total removal. To avoid all the mistakes that result you in poor-looking gaden, we suggest you make an overall plan. But there’s nothing bad in adding some details spontaneously – just be sure they will apprpriate. Skilled gardeners turn to both of these methods. Whichever way you opt for, here are a few tips for creating an outstanding landscape.

Getting ready

The very first thing you should know before starting landscaping is your complete imagination about the landscape. Gather and analyze all the information about existing designs which you like the most. Write down all those things you want in your landscape design and make a layout of your design roughly on a paper. This will help you to have a rough look about your landscape design.

Next comes budget question. Make a cost estimation list that includes every possible expense of your landscape design. After estimation step you can begin the design stuff – it can be using high graphic tools and software to make a full accurate design. Don’t forget about some future projects like patio or porch. Also, take into consideration that some big machines can appear in your backyard, so think about your precious plantings beforehand.

Define the focal points

A focal point is not just a ‘focal’ point! It should be something intriguing, making you look at it, and engaged! Usually people think that they can use some special tree or statue as a focal point, but don’t be so primitive, there are many other possibilities.

The focal point can be something something that is different from the rest of your landscape in form, texture or color. But it should be somehow connected to the rest of the landscape – via a repeated shape or color, or a connection to the overall style of the landscape.

Sizes should be taken into consideration: if you several acres, then perhaps some massive trees such an ancient oak would be the focal point. In a small urban area, a beautiful garden bench or small fountain can go well.

Opt for creativeness!

A formal landscape is one of the most challenging to create, and the upkeep can be arduous. Symmetry is very difficult to maintain. If, for example, you have two identical evergreens at the corners of the house and one dies, it could be very difficult to find a matching replacement. Sometimes the only choice is to replace both, which adds to the expense. One of the most common dilemmas is the hedgerow or foundation planting where one or two shrubs have succumbed to a plague. Be wary of putting all your eggs in one basket.

Those curves…

Incorporating curves will add interest to your garden, but don’t overdo it. A collection of amoeba-shaped beds would be overkill, as would a curvy path that takes you far out of the way of your destination. Long, subtle curves are often best. Limit the geometries so that one dominates. If you incorporate curved lines in beds and walkways, for example, repeat those shapes in the third dimension with the shape of the plants you choose and the way you arrange them.

Add movement

A landscape without movement is like a painting. Paintings are fine for hanging on a wall, but a garden needs movement to add life and interest. No garden is complete without some ornamental grasses to sway in the breeze. Add flowers to attract hummingbirds and butterflies, and several berry producers for the birds.

Accent your house

Unless your house is an architectural masterpiece, it could benefit from some thoughtful plantings to soften the edges and help it blend with the surroundings. But take care not to end up at the other extreme, a house that is hidden by overgrown shrubbery. Even the smallest starter home usually has some interesting architectural feature. The best design will highlight that feature.

Be prudent!

When you live in a place for a while, you tend to accept existing features as obstacles, sometimes without completely noticing them. Rather than designing around the overgrown shrubbery, established trees, or worn-out deck, consider removing them. You may discover new possibilities, such as a sunny spot for a vegetable garden or rose bed. In addition to knowing the full-grown size, consider growth rate as well. Since they get large more quickly, fast-growing plants may seem like a bargain. In the end, however, time and money spent on pruning and other maintenance may outweigh the initial savings. Proper spacing allows air circulation to prevent fungal and insect problems.

Finally, keep in mind that you needn’t have a five-figure budget to achieve an exceptional landscape. Whether your landscape venture is a two-month multiphase project, or a Saturday trip to the nursery, the key is to select your plants purposefully and place them thoughtfully. The result is sure to bring you years of enjoyment.

Category: Landscaping, Outdoor Design & Décor


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