7 Simple Ways to Create Beautiful Garden Landscapes
Creating a beautiful garden landscape sounds like a huge challenge, but it doesn't have to be that difficult. Here are seven tips on how to create the space you want:
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Make a plan
The most important thing is to decide what you want from your garden and to make a plan. Make some sketches of your garden space and think about where you want to place things. Make a list of your wants and needs. Do you want an area for bbqs? Do you want to keep lawn space for the kids to play football?
Functional or ornamental?
Decide if you want a functional or ornamental garden. For example, if you enjoy cooking, you could consider planting a kitchen garden. Vegetables, fruits and herbs don’t have to be planted in uniform rows like in an allotment, they can be gorgeous plants in themselves. You could add a small raised bed of vegetables and herbs as a focal point in your garden, and enjoy that feeling of being a little bit self-sufficient in providing food for the table.
Forward plan your planting
If you simply want to enjoy looking at beautiful flowers and plants, make sure you think about what and where you are planting. Forward planning and research into when plants bloom means you could have a colourful garden all year round.
Patio and decking
If you are considering adding decking or a patio, make sure you study which parts of the garden the sunlight reaches at different times of the day, and take this into consideration when choosing its location. If you already have a patio or decking area, you can easily brighten it up using planted pots. Make your pots into a feature, they don’t have to be terracotta brown; you could transform them by painted them with a bold colour. Recycle those old glass jars and add some tea lights, or invest in some solar powered garden lighting to add a lovely atmosphere to your garden space in the evenings.
You may want to create a focal point in your garden to base the garden beds around, such as a water feature, sculpture or garden art. There are many eco-friendly water features which are powered by sunlight and use rainwater, so there is no need to worry about power bills or wasting water. Bird feeders are another lovely addition, with the added benefit of attracting birds that will help with insect control.
Work with what you have
You may already have fencing or garden buildings in your garden, rather than removing them, work with what you've got! Garden sheds don’t just have to be used as a place to store your tools, they can also be made into a garden feature using garden art and pretty climbing plants.
You may have lots of ideas for your garden but don’t try to do it all at once, start small rather than trying to accomplish too much from the beginning. Part of creating a beautiful garden is developing a plan and enjoying the process!
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