Garden designing, often called landscape designing, is of course a big undertaking, and can consume a great deal of time and energy. Professional Garden designers can be very expensive consequently you need to do some serious planning before you go out and hire a professional Garden Designer. Here are some garden designing tips to save you both time and money.
First and foremost you must have a clear idea or vision of the kind of garden you truly wish to have. Here is list of the most popular:
English Gardens promote a style that accentuates harmony between the architecture of the house with the garden. This is often accomplished by using the placement of flowers and plants and borders to accentuate the rhythm of the structure of the house.
Asian Gardens are usually found in smaller backyards to promote peace, health as well as beauty. They often employ evergreens, rocks, rock formations and water features in just the right places to create a feng shui effect.
Woodland Gardens are beautiful and scenic well suited to a house that has a wooded backyard.
Formal Gardens have a style consisting of many perfectly geometrical shapes with straight lines. Everything is orderly and planned, this means the garden design will not tolerate random placement of plants.
Informal Gardens are usually the charming, quaint style you see in Cozy Cottages. In this style Garden Beds have rounded or curved boundaries instead of perfectly straight lines. Unlike the formal garden, the plants are often randomly placed to bump up the charm factor.
Mixture of Formal with the Informal Gardens is the style that often has lovely brick walkways that emanate formality but lead to a circular or curved garden spot which is softer a feature often seen in an informal garden. This arrangement of formal and informal bring to mind the English Garden style but without formal borders.
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Vegetable Gardens where you plant what you love to eat and share with others. This garden type with a bit of imagination and planning can also be built with many of the above styles in mind.
The Style of Your House:
While you plan out your dream garden there’s another very important thing to consider, and that is the style of your home. If you have very formal architecture the charming informal garden may not be properly suited the style of your home. This is just as true if you have a cottage style house it is important to realize that a formal garden may look completely out of place.
Also take a good and truthful look at your own lifestyle. Do you enjoy spending your spare time caring for numerous beds of plants, trees and flowers which entail seasonal cultivating and pruning? If you love this please plant them.
On the other hand if you prefer spending your free time traveling, going to the park or beach then choose a garden design that gives you what you need or love but make sure that it is relatively suited for easy care.
The Vision of Your Finished Design:
Once you have made the above choices it’s time to diligently think about your finished design. So take a discerning look at your existing landscape and make a list of how you truly want use this piece of land. It is now time to decide what kind of plants you love and want to include. And what features are important to you. In other words, would a barbeque or swimming pool be appropriate? Would you like an area to entertain friends and family? A children’s area for playing? A pond with koi fish and lily pads?