Tips to Designing a Perfect Garden

Designing a perfect garden can be a difficult task. However, with planning and some help you can successfully design the garden you wish for. The garden designing procedure should be completely functional and according to the preferences and taste of the owner. But, it obviously doesn’t mean having plant racks of a single species of plant. It would simply spoil the overall design. Factors like available space and sunlight should be considered when designing a garden.

Here are some interesting tips to help you design the perfect garden:

Garden Furniture

Adding furniture to your garden will make it eye-catching, weather permitting of course, and will provide you with more welcome space. It is important to choose the right style. It can enhance the style of your garden and blend with the surroundings and become a focal point. There is a vast range available to suit most areas in your garden. 

Hedges & Fences

Other than being used to mark your property boundary, hedges and fences can also be used to backdrop plants and water features. Classic and quirky shapes along with appealing colors can serve as a focal point and create interest. You can also be innovative and use it as a wildlife habitat or for nesting birds.

Varied Planting

Varieties of beautiful and appealing plants will show off flare in the garden and look amazing. Planting them in borders could further enhance the look of your garden. Experiment with different combinations of plants and enjoy the results.

Pathways

Paths made of beautiful stone or other kind of paving look gorgeous. Use different shapes, straight lines or clean curves. All add beauty to the overall look.

Trees

It is not wrong to say that trees are the backbone of a garden. A mighty oak or deciduous, there are many types for your garden. Even if your garden is a small courtyard, a tree can enhance its look.

Water Feature

Be it a still pond or a bubbling fountain, adding a water feature to your garden will create an appealing focal point, providing amazing reflections. If you want to attract more wildlife, water is the most important addition to your garden. However, if space is limited, consider smaller water features and aquatic plants.

Walls

The choices of material for a wall are almost endless. Choose wall material depending on your preference and budget. There are many types of attractive material available, like stone, concrete, brick, etc. Like hedges, they can be used for more than just boundaries. Walls can be used to backdrop plants or delineate areas. Vertical green walls are a popular choice among homeowners.

Lastly, make sure that you are making the best use of the space available. This would ensure that you will not have to slide things around the garden because everything will be in their appropriate places.

These are some helpful tips to help you in designing the perfect garden. Follow these to the letter and you will be able to create the garden you want.

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Advantages of Garden Edging

Gardens add beauty to any home. Whether it’s small or large, it provides you with an aesthetic advantage. However, if your garden has a variety of plants, flowers and bushes, it’s important to add something that will look functional as well as eye-catching. That’s where garden edging or lawn edging comes into the picture. Garden edging is used to separate your plant beds from the grass of your lawn and it also creates attractiveness. However, edging your gardens has many other benefits.

Why Garden Edging?

It does much more than just providing aesthetic benefits. Yes, a properly edged lawn gives a clean, tidy look to your landscape, but, there are many more compelling reasons why you should get permanent edging around your lawn. The advantages associated with garden edging are discussed below.

  • Makes maintenance easier and quicker.
  • Reduces the need for frequent weeding and keeps the mulch within the plant beds, thus, reducing the need for repeated mulching.
  • Increases attractiveness and you will have a more defined pathway thus, visitors will know where to walk.
  • With properly placed edging, grass will not grow out of its place. A common problem in most gardens is that grass and even plants, grow out of the way. Garden edging will eliminate this problem.
  • Edgings will mark the areas where plants and grasses should not meet. Therefore, you can take care of your garden with ease.
  • Brings artistic value to your garden, improving the overall look as well as value of your garden.

Some agree that garden edging is not vital to plant health. However, the benefits state otherwise. Edging keeps out weeds from your plants, stopping the spreading of diseases. With properly placed edgings, you won’t have to worry about spraying herbicide often, increasing overall plant health.

Types of Garden Edging

When you visit your local gardening store, you will notice that there are various types of edging. These different types of edging fit all budgets and landscape designs. Here are some popular garden edges that are commonly used:

  • Railroad Ties
  • Metal
  • Plastic
  • Brick
  • Pavers
  • Wire Fencing
  • Aluminum
  • Concrete
  • Landscape Timbers

Choose the Right Garden Edging

Once you have decided that garden edging is the ideal solution for your gardening needs, you have to decide which option is the ideal one for you. Here are a few things you should consider while choosing the right garden edging.

Firstly, assess the design of your garden; is it formal or casual and comfortable? Also, consider the design of the edging you have selected. Secondly, consider your budget. Edging like paving stone, are beautiful but come at high prices. Your garden can also look great with less expensive material like stones from the drive or vinyl.

Thirdly, ensure that it can endure the climate of your city. Stones especially can endure all kinds of climates. Fourthly, consider the advantages and disadvantages of each type. And finally, consider the amount of maintenance the particular edging will require. Narrow edging will require more maintenance as compared to thicker edges.

Make sure you select the right garden edging to enjoy the various benefits they offer.

A Guide to Water Features for Your Garden

One of the newest trends in gardening is water gardening. An aquatic element, such as a pond or waterfall, can transform your garden and become an astounding point of attraction. Also, the use of lighting, plants and fish is becoming increasingly popular and will enhance the overall look of your garden. There are several options available. However, make sure you choose the right spot for your water garden, as it cannot be relocated once it has been established.

Here’s a quick and easy guide to help you in your water gardening endeavors.

Plan Ahead

The best way to start is by having a precise plan. Things like location of your water feature and equipment you need should be determined when planning your water garden.

Budget

Determine the amount of money you are ready to spend on this project. Building a water garden is a major investment that adds great value to your home. Proper planning prevents mistakes and cost overruns.

Size of the Feature

There is no limit to the size of your water garden. Choose the correct dimensions that will suit your landscape. However, if your garden is large you have more opportunities to innovate.

Where Should It Be Located?

After you have selected the water feature you are interested in, you must decide the perfect location for it. It is preferable to choose a place that gets plenty of sunlight and where it can be easily observed from your home.

Plant & Fish Selection

Fish alone are a beautiful attraction. Choosing the right plants further adds to the beauty and will keep the water free from debris. You can add goldfish and also mosquito fish to the water. When it comes to plants, there are many options you can choose from. You can get plants that will submerge in water or the ones that will float. Getting plants for your garden will not only increase the attractiveness of your garden but will provide oxygen and keep your water garden healthy.

Streams & Fountains

Fountains can be kept freestanding in a selected area in your garden or can be constructed within your water feature. Fountains supply oxygen to your plants and fish, they also act as a sound barrier, enabling you to enjoy and relax the feel of nature. Streams are usually used as a connection, usually between a waterfall and a pond. It will require a pump to move the water back to the waterfall and things like erosion and the development of silt should be considered before thinking of a stream.

Lighting

Incorporating lighting will greatly enhance the way your water garden looks at night and complements the features and focal points beautifully.

Algae & Perennial Management

After the completion of your water garden, perennial management and algae management should be taken care of throughout the year. Algae formation is a huge problem, but can be avoided by controlling the amount of nutrients introduced in the water garden and by the reduction of feeding and fertilizing. Also, remember to replace the water after a period of time.

Water gardening does not take more time than normal gardening, but there is no denying that it can make your garden look much beautiful than it is now.

Garden Design Ideas

The best gardens are those that make people feel comfortable and happy. Sure, gardens look good but to make them feel greater, various garden design ideas can be incorporated. In this article, you will find simple garden design ideas that will make your garden attractive and eye-catching.

Wide Pathways

Make sure that your pathways are wide. By doing so, you will have a comfortable feel and passage. Nobody really enjoys squeezing through narrow places whether it’s indoors or outdoors. The ideal width for pathways should be wide enough for two people to walk through easily.

Patios & Decks

If your garden has ample amount of space, you should consider constructing patios and decks. These spaces are perfect for outdoor entertaining. Add a few lights and get an overall different and eye-catching feel at night. You could also consider putting in furniture to enjoy an outdoor dining experience in your own garden.

Attractive & Secure Pavement

Consider laying pavements around your garden but make sure they are attractive and of the best material that will suit your environment. Polished granite may seem attractive but are dangerous in winter and wet climates, as they do not offer much friction. Choose a paving that provides secure footing and attractive as it will give you a positive feel when you walk in your garden.

Archways

Archways can be a good addition as well. They come in different materials and you can construct one with wood or marble. However, ensure that they are high enough, at least 7 feet. You can also grow plants on and around them. There is no doubt that it will look amazing.

Use the Right Plants

Plants can do more than just sit pretty in your garden. By using the right plants in the right way, you can actually increase the level of comfort and utility. Broad-leaved evergreens and conifers can protect your garden from harsh winds or ornamental grasses can create a privacy screen. With so many types of plants available, choose the right type for your garden and mix them in such a way that they provide a positive and comfortable feel.

Green Lawns

Yes, lawns can be costly to maintain but there is no other surface like a proper green lawn that is so yielding and attractive. A turf is a great special garden feature, so try to use it wisely. Lawn grasses can perfectly complement beautiful plant beds and borders.

Remove Underground Utilities

While gardening, there is nothing more annoying and inconvenient than digging with your pick or spade into a buried cable or pipe. One such small thing spoils the look of your entire garden. Therefore, locate all underground utilities before you are changing grades or digging trenches. You could consider getting the services of the local authorities as they offer services for finding these underground lines at a nominal fee.

These are a few easy, garden designing ideas that can transform your garden, into a completely different place. You can make your garden the standout part of your home.