This of course is not highly inspired and it does mean that even a well designed home often fails to make any big impact or have that wow factor. But while this is frustrating what’s even worse is exterior design which often lacks a lot of inspiration and ends up looking rather bland. How many gardens have you seen that have really stuck out in your memory? Most of them are little more than just a big patch of grass with some plants growing around the edges.
Japanese garden design is very popular in some areas, less so in others. Think bamboo, bonsai and water. Remember the movie “The Karate Kid” where the back yard was a beautiful oasis behind privacy fence, with sitting areas and lights to enhance the mood.
Watch out for bugs. It’s a simple fact that most lighting tends to attract bugs at night. When pests are a real concern, it’s important to carefully position landscape lighting to ensure bugs aren’t attracted too close to where people congregate. It doesn’t do any good to spend a lot of time creating a beautiful landscape and adding lighting if no one can enjoy it!
Shape – this is how you define each area of the garden. It’s important to view the garden as one whole entity and not have lots of different parts that don’t link. By getting the shape of the open areas like your lawn and patio correct, when you come to adding the plants in the areas that are left, you will have a more fluid and coherent design shape.
You can add contrast to your garden with the use of different textures. That’s where the use of pavers, gravels, pebbles and timber come into play. The use of large pots, raised garden beds, water features, a wall or trellis for a vine to climb on and if the garden is small, why not a mirror on a fence to reflect the plantings.
Heirloom veggies often taste better. They are popular with people going green and growing organic vegetables. Select them if you plan to save the seeds, because the new generation of plants will have similar traits as it’s parents. When you start hybrid seeds, the traits of the new seedlings can be unpredictable.
It can be time-consuming to learn how to use the software before you even start the design. You are limited to using the materials in the template chooser. The program doesn’t design a garden for you!
By their shape and foliage trees can also add be an extra architectural feature in their own right. This can also be true in small front gardens if you use trees like silver birches or Japanese maples or flowering cherries or almonds. Some simple beds of cottage flowers are easy to construct and inexpensive – and with all the color you can obtain from annuals like marigolds, foxgloves or petunias and the like – you add both a sense of welcome and enhance the front yard with beauty. The main aim is to create a sense of invitation and accessibility. As we don’t use the front for much else, it doesn’t have to cost a lot. A simple design usually works best.