The Secret to Great
A great garden is one that looks like it is meant to be and reflects the home's architecture and owner's personal sense of style. There are many hints and cues used to achieve a
great garden design. Unless you know what you are looking for, these can be easily overlooked. When you hire a professional, it is vitally important for you to be
able to communicate what your dream garden is so that they can transform it
into a reality.
When landscaping your yard, consider the views both toward
the house and from within. Your yard makes the first impression, especially from the street but you’ll want views from the inside your home to be pleasant as well. Having discordant styles or materials can be very detrimental so consider these choices carefully for good continuity.
Consider your lifestyle
Do you like a house with lots of sun or one that is cooler with
shady trees. Do you enjoy spending time working in your yard or would you prefer a low-maintenance garden? Will you be entertaining on a regular basis and, if so, how many attend your typical gathering? Is privacy a consideration or do you like to be open to neighboring properties? Is a paved area for your children to cycle on important or a grass
area for kicking the ball around more essential? These are things to consider
when you’re landscaping and, often, the answers come in the form of trade-offs or compromise.
Emphasize the Entry
Nothing is more frustrating than for visitors not to have a sense of the front door's location. Good landscaping can frame an entry and direct one's attention to one of the most important parts of your architecture. Along
sidewalks and front paths, plants of differing heights e.g. tallest plants at
the outskirt with smaller plants at the boarders can give you a tiered
You might consider the use of structures such as an ornamental arbor
or fence to mark the entrance while adding
a point of interest. These also allow you the option of using climbing plants or vines for vertical color and texture.
Choose plants and materials that compliment
It is important that your landscape is a happy marriage between
the plants and materials chosen.
Plants such as vines can actually connect a house to the garden. Plants and trees can also help to highlight the shape of the house. The colors of the house
and those used in the garden materials should work to provide a smooth transition. Other ideas to consider might be matching the color of your sidewalk or patio to the color of your roof, trim or even the color of the
exterior of your house. Professional landscape designers are your best choice for seeking advice on these matters.
Consider blending nature with man-made elements. Structures can help draw
attention and become a specific point of interest. Arbors, benches, pergolas, sculptures and water features all add drama and sometimes a sense of destination within your garden. Elements of existing architecture sometimes provide clues about choosing form these. For example, house that has intricate brick-and-stone detailing will
probably look best with similar treatments in it's landscaping.
Use Space Smartly
If you have a postage stamp size garden, don’t limit it to some
foundation shrubs and a handkerchief sized lawn. The use of broad curves will make the spaces feel larger and slow the viewer's eye down as it moves through the garden. Make sure that your garden
isn’t too busy or overcrowded as a result of cramming it full of plants. Try
the layered look of a variety of sizes and shapes to give it eye-catching appeal. This tiered look will also “open up” the garden. Another alternative
is to plant upwards. Using pyramidal or columnar forms of plants can be a great space saver.