Creating your ideal garden can be difficult – choosing the right plants, using the most suitable materials and working from a reasonable budget can all come up as major concerns during the process of landscaping your garden. With the correct planning, garden landscaping can transform your garden into a simple and fulfilling task that leaves you with a comfortable, attractive, outdoor space to meet your varying needs. We’ve compiled a short list of general tips and tricks to help you make the most of your garden and convert it into the perfect corner for you.
1. Layering your plants
Positioning your plants at varying levels is key to making your garden appear visually interesting, and it also allows you to zone your space to create separated areas of the garden. You can achieve this by implementing flowers beds cut into the ground, placing potted plants of various sizes around the area and adding climbers to the walls of your garden. In addition, including a small variety of trees, flowers and shrubs is vital if you’re planning on creating a relaxing and serene space.
2. Use a variety of materials
Whether it’s regarding surfaces, walls or furniture, using a mixture of materials within the space helps to create texture and additional visual elements that make your garden look more appealing. Consider adding different bricks, timbers, concretes and aggregates throughout the garden, all of which can be purchased from our 11 branches across the North East and Yorkshire. Why not head to your nearest branch to browse our selection?
3. Consider seasonality
Ensuring that your garden is suited to all times of the year is crucial. Do this by researching your plant seasons beforehand and implementing a mixture of these in your space – for example, planting spring flowers such as tulips and wallflowers in autumn and then spending extra time in winter to care for these plants will allow them to thrive in the spring and summer seasons when you’re most likely to be using your garden.
4. Make sure to think about maintenance
Nobody likes a high-maintenance garden – it’s inconvenient, frustrating and takes up more time than you would like. That’s why it is important to plan with maintenance in mind. You can do this by keeping your plant variety to a minimum, prioritising the features you interact with most and avoiding the inclusion of a large lawn, as they tend to require a lot of time and energy to maintain; these suggestions can also reduce the cost of upkeeping your garden, which may be important to you.
5. Experiment with different shapes
Straight lines, angular corners and smooth curves can all co-exist in a garden to make it appear unique and busy, while still maintaining its simple and clean design. Try adding curved paths and rectangular raised areas for furniture to create a range of shapes in your gardens – this can also be highly useful in smaller areas, generating an illusion of a larger space