If you’ve decided that this year you are going to focus on the outside of your home and particularly on creating and designing your own dream garden, then you’ve come to the right place. We will provide you with many tips and ideas that can be food for thought whilst you start planning and preparing your dream garden. We hope by the time that you reach the end, we will have given you a lot of inspiration for you to get going on designing your summer outdoors dream!
There are 8 aspects that we think you need to consider:
The first aspects to consider is your lawn. Whether its artificial or real lawn, a lush green lawn can really lift your garden. The advantage of artificial grass is that it is low maintenance, hard wearing and maintains its green look all year round. However, it is an expensive option. The advantage of real grass is that it is natural and therefore its beauty speaks for itself. There are number of turf ideas that you can consider such as laying the grass in such a way so that it has natural stripes. You can opt for turf that’s hard wearing which is more suited to families who have children that like to play on the grass. The disadvantages of real grass, whether it seed or roll out grass, is that it requires regular maintenance to keep it looking healthy. The time it takes to grow a new lawn can be a disadvantage as well if you’re looking to utilise your lawn right away.
- Fences and Hedges
You may already have fences or hedges and you need to decide whether you are keeping them or changing them. if you have a fence that’s in good condition, it could be something that you could keep and perhaps update by painting the fence in a summer colour or a colour that on trend at the moment. Hedges provide a good, natural boundary to a garden. They offer seclusion and security and certain hedges/tress/shrubbery may enhance the dream garden look for example, Japanese Maples would work well if you decide to go for a Japanese themed dream garden.
Lighting can enhance the look and feel of your garden. It can create an ambience of peace and tranquillity and set the mood of your garden. You could consider what areas and aspects that you think would work well if they were illuminated. For example, if you have an outbuilding or garden sheds, could you light them in any way to enhance them and make them feel a part of your garden design? If you plan on keeping these buildings in your garden then you will need to make sure that they are repaired and well maintained so that they fit in your garden. If for example your shed has an asphalt roof, it may be worth going online to check how to repair asphalt if your shed needs updating.
- Focus Areas
Your garden needs to have specific focus areas i.e. zones so it can cater for all your needs. For example. You need to have an outdoor entertainment area for when you dine out, an area for playing for the children and an area which provides shade from the sun.
You will need to think about how you will edge your garden. The options include wood bark chippings, pebbles, slate or bricks which can be placed around the perimeter of your garden to finish the edge of your garden. Consider how you will prevent weeds from coming up through these materials. You may need to invest in some weed control membrane.
When it comes to deciding on plants and flowers you need to consider where you will be planting your plants/flowers. Do you plan to put them in the ground, in pots or prefer to use hanging/wall baskets? Again, you will need to think about choosing plants that will come up every year so that your garden always has some form of plants/flowers on display. You may decide to go for a specific colour scheme for your garden, so you will need to pick plants/flowers accordingly.
- Garden Features
There are many additional extras that you can add to your garden. For example, water features, fire pits, BBQ’s hot tubs etc. the advantages of these features are:
Water Features: if you want to create an oasis, then a water feature may help. Water features are calming and provide a sense of serenity.
Fire Pits: as well as acting a heat source, fire pits also provide a nice ambient touch to your garden. Fire pits can also keep insects at bay as insects in the garden can be a pest. Pest control in gardens can be an issue and a fire pit can be a great, non-invasive way of dealing with this aspect.
BBQ’s: a nice way to cook and eat outdoors in the summer months. The scents and atmosphere of a BBQ can provide entertainment for you and your family or any other guests.
Hot Tub: a great way for entertainment as well as offering you a spot of relaxation on a summer evening.
- Landscape Designers
Once you have got you thoughts and ideas together you will need to search for a landscape gardener. A landscape gardener will be able to see if your vision will work and how much it will cost. They will also be able to tell you the pros and cos of what you have designed and your ideas and ways that some aspects may work better or be more cost effective if budget is an issue.
Now that you have read our advice we hope that you have gained some information which you may not have considered and this helps you have a clearer idea of how you will design your dream garden.