Landscaping Ideas

When you purchase (or rent) a home, one of the most important factors to consider is the amount of outdoor space on offer. After all, it’s not just a beautiful inside space that you and your family need, it’s also plenty of outdoor space to relax, play and soak up the sun in during the warmer summer months. While you may have hit gold with your property and got an amazing garden to enjoy, you might feel like you aren’t utilising it enough and that the space is simply going to waste.

If you and your family are going to be able to make the most out of your outdoor space, it needs to be somewhere that you are willing to put time and effort into, to make it nice. You can’t just expect your garden to stay looking good without adequate TLC – your garden is a living thing, which means that it requires regular care and attention if you want to ensure that it stays looking nice and being a useable space.

Whether you are simply bored with the design and layout of the current space that you have, or it requires a complete overhaul, garden landscaping could be the answer. If you are keen to create the most amazing outdoor space for you and your family to enjoy, it’s essential that you are willing to take landscaping seriously and spend some time thinking about the type of landscaping that could work well in your outdoor space.

To give you some ideas for what you can do with your outdoor space, below are a range of landscaping concepts and

Start with a list

 

The first step to creating the most incredible outdoor space is an easy one – make a list of what you and your family want and need from your garden. Think about what you and your partner would like your garden to be like – would you like to create a space that’s perfect for relaxing in or somewhere that is the ideal fit for BBQs and garden parties? Consider what your children need from your outdoor area – would somewhere to play make them happy, would they love to have a space to grow their own vegetables and herbs, have they always wanted a tree house? Don’t forget to think about your pets to, if you have them – what do they need from your garden?

Once you have a rough idea of what you and your family need from your garden, think about making some simple sketches of ideas that you have for the space. If you want to create a multifunctional garden that serves the whole family, consider creating zones within your garden, so that there’s room for everything that your household requires.

Take the weather patterns into account

A common mistake that many people make when landscaping their gardens is failing to take the patterns of the weather into account. It’s all well and good building a sun terrace or a deck by your garden pond because it looks pretty, but if this area doesn’t actually benefit from large amounts of sun, it’s going to be a waste of time. That’s why it’s a good idea to study where in your garden gets the most sun so that you can place your sun terrace in the right place. Another reason that you might want to study the weather is so that you can perfectly position a firepit or built-in BBQ. You see if you place either of these things in a position where there’s a lot of wind, then they will quickly go out. For a BBQ or a fire pit to work effectively, you need to place it in a sheltered position.

 

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Start small and go slowly

 

Whenever you watch one of those garden makeover TV shows, the garden gets transformed in just a couple of days. However, assuming that this will be the case with your garden is unrealistic, because these shows have huge crews of people working on each garden. Don’t be afraid to take things slowly by starting with small changes and then making bigger ones as time goes by. Even small changes can make a huge difference to the look and feel of your garden, so there’s no reason not to start with these.

Set aside a couple of hours each evening to work on your garden and a few hours at the weekend as well. Each time you are out in your garden, do a little more work. It might take longer to transform the space by working this way, but if you want to ensure that you create a garden that will stand the test of time and last for many years to come, it’s crucial that you take things slowly. You need to be happy with the final results, which is why taking the time to work through each task slowly can be a fantastic way to landscape your outdoor space.

Create a focal point

Ask any gardening specialist, and they will tell you the same thing – the best way to update your garden is by creating and working around a focal point. Beautiful gardens always have a focal point to them, ask any landscape designer. So, if your garden does not already have a focal point, now is the time to consider adding one or various focal points, if you feel that this would work best.

As for what you should add as your focal point, that’s up to you and will depend on the style of your outdoor space. However, things that tend to work well include sculptures, water features, trees, or a series of interesting shrubs. If you are stuck for ideas, you might find that Pinterest is a useful tool, as there are plenty of garden layout ideas available on here that you can take inspiration from.

A popular idea is to create a berm – a sloping mound of earth that is created to aid garden drainage but can also make a lovely boarder and focal point. Fill this area with an array of plants and shrubs of different colours and textures, and you can make a beautiful focal point.

Build a mini wall

To separate your borders from the rest of your garden, consider building a mini wall around them out of flagstones. While you could simply opt for a picket fence, this type of mini wall tends to be sturdier and more secure. Plus, the great thing about flagstone walls is that they are fairly easy to build and don’t actually require any mortar.

Add a tree surround

Got a tree in your garden that you love and want to make more of a focal point? How about building a tree surround round it? By installing masonry around a tree you can smarten up your garden, plus it means you’ve got less grass to mow and keep on top of. Plus, you can turn it into a garden seat, offering extra outdoor seating – what’s not to love?

If you’re not sure how to go about building a tree surround, don’t panic as you can find a simple guide that gives step by step directions online for you to follow. You may find patio design websites helpful for this, as they often include information about this kind of masonry.

Add a walkway

 

A simple way to create a space that feels more organised is to add a walkway. If you are going to be walking through your garden, adding a dedicated walkway can add a sense of sophistication and style. If you are going to add a garden walkway, take the time to think about what you would like it to be made out of and how you will keep it separate to other areas of your garden. It’s a good idea to edge any path that you create to prevent the path’s material spilling onto the grass and the grass growing onto the path. The best edging to use is rigid metal edging, as this is far stronger and more durable than plastic edging.

When it comes to the process of installing edging, it’s important that you know what shape you want to create, before you actually create it. A simple way to get the line for your path right is to sprinkle flour across your garden in the space that you would like the pathway to go, and then use a spade to make small incisions in the grass along this path, ready for the creation of your pathway.

Take the scale and pacing seriously

For landscaping beginners, this is one of the most complex parts of garden landscaping. However, it’s imperative as these two things are what will give your garden a more polished and pulled together look, which is why it’s vital that you take them seriously. The key to scaling and pacing success is including various plants of features of different sizes but repeating each one somewhere else in your garden. By repeating certain elements, such as a plant, shrub, sculpture or accessories like plant pots, you can create a sense of seamless cohesion. Of course, you don’t want the space to have a dull and overly samey feel to it, so it’s perfectly fine to add in an occasional unique element to your design. For this, try and find something that will stand out and make an impact.

Temporary solutions are key

Landscaping takes patience. Your garden won’t just turn into an amazing space overnight, it takes time and care to create an amazing outdoor space. If you aren’t good at waiting for things, such as your plants to grow and your garden to look less bare, consider using temporary solutions, such as annual, ready grown plants, or an array of potted shrubs, for instance. There are plenty of ways that you can add a little greenery and colour to your garden temporarily while everything else grows in, it’s just a case of choosing what you would like to incorporate, that’s all. To get inspired, head to your local garden centre and have a browse.

There you have it, a guide to all of the best garden landscaping ideas that will allow you to make more of your outdoor space. Whether you have a large garden or a smaller sized one, you should find these landscaping ideas helpful. There’s so much potential for any space; it’s just a case of working out what steps you need to take to landscape it effectively.