A great looking garden is hard work. Even for many individuals in the landscaping industry, it takes a great amount of time and effort to achieve a garden that is healthy, thriving, and beautiful. This work begins before the garden is even planted, and requires regular maintenance, even as the seasons change.
If professional landscapers put this much time and attention into developing a great garden, other homeowners likely need some assistance with landscape design and choices to create a great garden. Luckily, a few tips from these professional landscape designers can help you improve your own landscaping design and achieve a beautiful garden this year.
Plan Before You Plant
A beautiful garden begins with great planning. Some landscapers have an eye for adding plants and garden features in at random, but most people will have a lot more luck when they sketch and design their garden ahead of purchasing and planting their flowers, hedges, and trees. A quick sketch can help determine if the specific placement is pleasing and distribute color throughout the entire garden.
This prior planning also allows homeowners to research what plants will do well in a specific environment. You do not want to purchase plants that require direct sunlight if your flowerbed is in the shade most of the day. As well, you want to include plants that require a similar amount of water, to prevent some landscaping from thriving where other plants wilt and die.
A number of landscapers and garden centers are willing to help design your landscaping. In fact, there are professionals who do landscape design and drawings for a living. These individuals are knowledgeable about how much a certain plant will grow and what plants need more room for their roots. This is also a great time to ask about incorporating certain features, such as ponds and fountains, and how those features will affect the plants you want to include near these interesting gardening features.
Be Aware of Invaders
Gardens require consistent maintenance. It is necessary to water your plants on a regular basis, provide some shade when there is intense heat, and cover plants if there is a chance of frost or cold weather. This maintenance must also include regular weeding.
Weeds begin as a minor problem amongst your plants and flowers. Sometimes these invasive plants even go unnoticed within your hedges or larger plants, but if left to grow in your garden or flowerbed, weeds turn into a major eyesore. The careful planning that went into arranging each plant and spacing every hedge will be compromised by the presence of these invaders, but the bigger problem with weeds is that they can overtake your plants and flowers.
Weeds may start small, but they quickly and efficiently develop a sophisticated root system in your landscaping. These roots will take water from your other plants and can eventually suffocate the plants you want to nurture. As well, once these weeds have developed a root system it is much more difficult to completely eradicate the invaders. This is why many gardeners maintain and inspect their gardens on a regular, if not daily, basis.
Add Interesting Features
A great garden isn’t all about the plants. Features such as ponds, fountains, footpaths, wind chimes, and rock walls, create a diverse landscape in your yard. These interesting features add depth, different levels of landscaping, color, sound, and beauty to your garden. The result is a garden that is pleasing and enjoyable through senses other than sight.
Some of these features, such as footpaths and rock walls, are also functional. These features can allow people to experience your garden without trampling the plants or keep a heavy storm from washing away your delicate flowers. Visitors can wander among the plants and actually experience the garden through touch. Other features, such as wind chimes and fountains, add sound to your garden. This allows visitors to experience the garden with their sense of hearing, which can create more peace and serenity when within that space.
Of course, landscaping features are also pleasant to look at. Colorful pots, a piece of garden art, or fountain can be a great way to draw a visitor’s eye to a specific part of the garden or highlight a focal plant among your landscaping. Lastly, these additional garden features also add character to your landscaping. Features such as ponds and garden art can reflect your personality in a way that flowers and plants do not. This is an opportunity to create more interest in your landscaping.