Beautiful gardens are a feature of many landscaping plans. Well-designed and appropriately placed, gardens can enhance the beauty of your property. Whether you’re updating your existing plan or considering a change, there are a number of things to consider when planning your garden landscapes.
It’s a good idea to step back and look at your property as a whole, so that you can see how your individual gardens relate to each other. Each bed might be beautiful, but if they don’t work together, the overall effect may be haphazard.
One way to bring your beds into harmony is to choose a focal point. Where do you want those gardens to draw the eye of the viewer? In the front yard, the front door is a natural focal point. In the back yard, it might be a garden bench, a water feature, or the pool.
As you plan your garden beds, think about how people will move toward that focal point, and let that influence your design. The placement of your beds should allow people to walk easily among them, whether on turf or walkways, without harming your plants or pushing branches aside to get through.
Since the right balance of sunlight and shade is critical, think about what individual plants need as you’re deciding where to put them. Your overall landscaping plan will work best if the light, shade and moisture conditions suit the plants you’ve chosen.
If you’ve chosen placement that helps your plants to thrive, you’ll also need to plan for growth. Consider not only how much space you need now, but how much you’ll need next year, or five years from now. Will you allow those plants to grow unchecked, or will you need to be vigilant about pruning and trimming to keep things looking good?
A landscaping professional can help you to design and create gardens that fit your budget and lifestyle while enhancing the beauty, value, and curb appeal of your home.