Garden landscaping can be an exciting and rewarding outdoor project. Working with natural aesthetics and materials while incorporating current design trends, you can achieve a living masterpiece to be enjoyed every day.
With the right planning, your work of art will continue to grow more beautiful and give you new, natural gifts every year. Here are some key factors to consider when setting planning a garden landscape.
- Working with What You Have
Your best ally in this creation is going to be your actual site. The natural elements already present in your garden area are the key to unlocking the potential of your space. If looking out to a neglected patch of grass has you feeling hopeless, do not despair. The landscaping team at Paradise Landscapes are experts in identifying and drawing out the natural features in your space. Troublesome areas which appear too shady, wet, overexposed or lacking in nutrients can all be remedied with the correct management and plant matching.
Planning is essential to your success and it involves considering the plant’s needs before your own. Resisting the urge to put all our favourite species together in one place is a sacrifice worth making. In fact, breaking up favourites with supportive plant species will allow others to shine. Clever plant pairing will also balance soil pH, light, and shade, and increase the health of other plants.
A planning consultation will consider not only the right plants for the soil, light and season but incorporate infrastructure and built garden features. For example, identifying the places in the garden you will most likely visit and creating connecting pathways to these areas will keep the flow. Grouping plants in focus areas will ensure you can enjoy them often.
Create the garden you know you can care for. Investing time, money and energy into a project you simply can’t keep up with is disappointing for everyone, including the plants. Speak with your landscape consultant about your needs and be realistic about the amount of time and resources you have. Switching a few known plant species to some wonderful natives you may not have discovered can mean less work for you and a happier ecosystem in your garden.
Preparing the site is essential and the very best thing you can do to support your plants. If you are in consultation with a landscaper, they will guide you on how to best nourish the soil or complete the task for you. Investing in high-quality organic compost is well worth it at this stage. Weeding out the soil now will also keep pests at bay. Be patient and take your time. Although you are no doubt anxious to get on with the planting, time spent on preparation now will yield many years of enjoyment.
- The Long Term
Visualising your home in the years to come is important. Whether you plan to still be there or not, planting for the future is an enriching investment. Much can be done to create instant joy in your garden with fast growing plants, flowers, and vegetables. But planting trees and shrubs is just as exciting. Looking over pictures of what these stunning natural features will look like in years to come can help. Planting trees sensibly will allow for years of enjoyment with little annual maintenance.
With autumn just around the corner, now is the time for planning and planting for the colder months ahead. Why not contact the professional team at Paradise Landscapes for some guidance on autumn garden landscapes. Get in touch today.