Gardening is one of the many ways in which you can create art. You don’t always have to run behind home designing or interior designing; if you want to create an outdoor paradise for yourself then you can always turn towards landscape garden designing. Initially, designing a home garden can get overwhelming for landscape architects but a combination of practicality and creativity can get them through this process. A lot of the times people don’t realize that the guiding steps for their home decor can be used to guide design outside too.
Landscaping is a unique mix of science and art because of which it’s hard to master its skills. Whether you’re a professional or you’re looking for small landscape garden ideas, questions like what kind of plants would suit my home garden design or if I should incorporate a green wall within the design etc would always be running in your mind. At such times, the importance of learning the basics gets highlighted. Hence, we’ve got you all covered, following are the top 10 tips for creating beautiful landscape designs:
- Planning– this is the first step for creating any kind of design. It’s important to note down what your needs and wishes are or what do you expect from your landscape garden design. For this, one can simply start by drawing a sketch of the landscape by drawing a 60-degree angle between pencil and paper. A great organizing principle for beginners is to make sure that the purpose of landscape designing is clear- whether they’re doing it to grow vegetables or for clearing up some space so their kids can play. But at the same time, all the plans of designing should be practical both in the terms of time and money being spent on it. Nevertheless, don’t be afraid of the hit and trial method.
- Familiarizing with terms– once you’ve decided to design your landscape garden, it’s important to know a thing or two about it. Being familiar with landscaping terms can help in speeding up the designing process. Terms like ‘deciduous’, ‘dappled shade’, ‘deep shade’, ‘ground cover’, ‘winter interest’, ‘back of the border’, ‘ornamental tree’ and much more can come in handy when you are making important choices such as selecting the right plants for your garden that would suit your landscaping situation.
- Selecting the focal point– people live in the misconception that a focal point should always be in the centre, however, this is not true. Contrary to this, a focal point should be set in such a way that all the other features of the garden seem in relation to it. The key to creating a great design is hence to use the focal point as a guide for the whole landscape. Just like indoors flourish with varying focal point, so do the gardens. It can be a bench, an old tree, a garden fountain, a statue or anything else that you want to give importance to.
- Taking care of the plants– plant caring tips can not be universally applicable as us gardening enthusiasts might not live in the same climatic conditions. Therefore, one has to select the kind of plants that would appropriately suit all the conditions. Not only this, but it’s also important to give some space to the plants so they can grow well. Estimating the size of the plant when the seeds get mature helps in avoiding certain problems like sowing the seeds too close to each other, to the fence or to the house.
- Let it be curvy– it’s natural to go for things that seem symmetrical as it represents a certain kind of order in which the things are placed but there are a lot of problems attached to straight lines in the garden. First of all nature is built on curves and is always flowing. Second, it’s important to know that straight lines and angles are the hardest to maintain because if you lose or damage even one of the features then the whole garden would look misplaced and chaotic. Hence, embracing the curves and introducing some organic arrangements can save you from a lot of trouble.
- Start small- television shows or gardening blogs can make you feel like landscape design takes maximum of 3 days to get completed. However, this is not the reality. Gardening takes patience and so does designing a garden. One has to start small, for this they can start working on a small flowerbed whenever they get time. Avoid coming to quick conclusions like my backyard garden is taking too much time to develop. One needs to pace himself and remember that his quick conclusions can lead him to take short cuts which would not work in the longer run.
- Scale and pacing– this step can be boring and tricky for beginners but it sets your perspective right. Scaling and pacing would give that “pulled together” look to your garden which would make things so much more appealing. You can use a variety of plants and trees of different colours and sizes against a building or in the flowerbed and create paths for the people to walk in. You have to create a perfect balance between re- using the same elements like plants or colours but at the same time you have to make sure not to go monotonous.
- Include some movement– it is true that our gardens are our saviours as they protect us from the chaotic world but the lack of noise and movement in your garden might make you more anxious than before. To avoid the additional stress, homeowners can try to introduce the right kind of noise and movement. For instance opting for tall, slow, moving grasses are best for this situation as they rustle gently in the breeze. Adding a water element like a garden fountain is also not a bad option if you’ve enough resources to make it happen.
- Adding the borders– this step is like adding cherry on the top. You don’t want your garden to seem detached from your home or seem as if it’s a garden made around the home not as a part of it. For this, you can add some border plants to soften up the edges of the garden which would make it look beautiful too. Adding small plants and shrubs is preferable than the fast growing plants that can make the garden look chaotic.
- Open to criticism– landscape designers might find it hard to be open to change as they believe that their finished product can not have any flaws. It’s important for even a designer to evolve along with the garden design. If you don’t like a certain element then change it, don’t just try to make peace with it. Strive harder until you get it right.
The major purpose of listing these tips is to motivate a beginner to look for all the potential gardening ideas that they can opt for and get started. Your landscape design might turn out to be strikingly beautiful but that in no way will stay the same. Hence, managing a landscape design with correct plants that won’t overgrow, watering techniques, cleanliness, mowing etc is much harder and much more essential than the design itself.