What to Consider when Landscaping

What To Consider When Landscaping


With such a large task like landscaping you must break it down in to stages and approach each stage in order. This will keep you motivated as you will achieve little successes along the way. It will also giver you a bit of structure that you will be able to build up.

1. Criteria

Whenever starting a large product like this, before you even lift a pencil you need to ask yourself what you want to achieve in your landscape. It is up to you. However, if you want to get the garden you have always dreamed of you need to understand and even get on paper what your dream actually is.

2. Zones

Once you have a ruff idea of the sorts of things you want to put in your garden you then need to group you list into zones.

Your zones should only have 1 to 2 purposes. If they have more than that they will get very busy and you will not get the look you are looking for.

3. Layout

Now you have your zones the layout for your garden becomes a matter of just a jigsaw. You should look at your garden like a frame and your zones as the pieces.

Again, with your design you do not want to over crowd the area otherwise it will look like exactly that, crowded. When organizing your zones true to alternate the type of zone you put in. for instance in the example here the nature zones are either side of the BBQ Area balancing the garden out and emphasizing the zones even more.

4. Material / Color Pallet

Choosing the materials, you want to use in your garden before buying anything is really important, it creates a sense of continuity throughout the garden even in the different zones.

Another thing to consider is the different types of materials you use as they can have a tremendous effect on the feel of the garden. Here I have given an example, I chose a warm wood color to offset the sleek and modern feel of the white render and slate. I also added in the grass as I think without some greenery in the garden it can feel a bit cold and industrial. 

5. Item Sourcing

When your sourcing start with the largest items first or the most important items. These could include the BBQ Grill, Seating or pond. However, as you can see with this example, I have keep using the colors and materials I have already chosen in the previous step. Using that pallet actually made it easier to find what I wanted as it narrowed now the search right of the bat.

Once you have found the largest and most important items you can start systematically going through the other components you have in each of your zones. It will now however be easier as you will know how much room you have left, how it will tie into your other items and have a better picture in your head of what everything will look like. All your other items however should still comply with your material pallet to continue the uniformity.

6. Planting

Planting comes after the sourcing of items as the plants will have to match the area you are putting them in for instance for my seating area I would want maybe a Clematis Montana Climber to go next to my pergola above the seating.

The Plants you choose are less color strict however if you want you can pick a couple of colors in around the same color group and follow them throughout the garden.

When looking at plants to put in your garden you should aim to get a mixture of heights and interest. Don’t be afraid to plant some taller plants the mean that when you walk into the garden you don’t see everything at once but instead stagger the zones, drawing the person around the garden allowing them to fully appreciate every element at a time.

7. Turning your Plans into a Reality

Congratulations! You know have a concrete plan on your garden landscaping. All that is left is for you to take you hard work and make your dream come true. Now I would suggest getting a contract builder in to do any tiling and guttering in your garden as this is a vital part of the garden which requires a specialist. However, if you are wanting to save the pennies then do not be shy to do a lot of the groundwork maybe leveling the ground moving the soil, a general clear up. I would even suggest following kits to build some of the furniture and other items.

And there you have it, a lovely garden that you can enjoy all year long. Without needing to spend a fortune on a landscape designer who will suck you down the most expensive options and products. I hope this post was useful to you leave a comment below we would love to hear your feedback.

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