We weren’t all born blessed with green fingers and radiating creativity in our every step. While exuding imaginative ingenious in garden design and maintenance is the trait of a lucky minority, the good news is that with a little know-how, training and determination we can all adapt the mind frame of a landscape gardener and create an outdoor space blossoming with life, colour and exquisiteness.
Thoughtful landscape gardening can not only improve your overall satisfaction with your home but it can also increase the value of your property, substantially in many cases. In fact if a landscaping project is done well, according to CNN Money the investment can add as much as 11% to the overall value of a property.
You are however more than aware of the many advantages a well-landscaped garden can bring to your home, both for your own personal pleasure and when, or if, you come to sell the property. The most pertinent question on your lips is how do you acclimatise yourself into the world of landscape gardening and create a garden of truly palatial dominions.
The key to effective and successful landscaping is, similar with all design projects, to plan ahead. Adapting the artistic mind set of a landscaper simply cannot be achieved without generating some sort of landscape plan.
Before you plant one single seed in your garden it will be profitable to devise a layout plan for your outdoor space. A backyard centred with a pond and surrounded by verdurous vegetation and brimming with colourful petals might be your idea of a heavenly backyard, but do you realistically have the resources and finances to accomplish such a lush back garden.
A landscape gardener, while wildly artistic, will be realistic in the possibilities of a garden. It is therefore important that you plan the design of your garden with your budget, resources and goals in mind.
Hardscaping and softscaping
Savvy landscape gardeners know that some of the most effective and aesthetically pleasing gardens combine hardscaping and softscaping. If you are not familiar with such terminology, to really adapt a landscaper’s mind frame, not only will you need to be conversant in such gardening lingo but you will need to apply it.
Softscaping refers to all the pretty plant life in a garden. By contrast, hardscaping denotes all the non-plant life in a garden, such as patios, walls, paved paths, rocks, walls and ornaments. Hardscaping is widely deemed to be the “foundation and anchor of landscaping plans.”
The most effective outdoor spaces combine elements of carefully thought of and inventively combined hardscaping and softscaping. While the softscaping element of your garden provides the decorative and pretty edge, effective hardscaping will need to have some very useful and practical functions. For example, it should provide a place to sit or a path one can walk down to reach the other end of the garden.
Native gardening has become particularly fashionable in recent years. Native gardening involves growing native plants, or those that have grown naturally in your local area prior to the European settlement, in your garden. The essence of the concept is that native plants, which have evolved to withstand certain climates and diseases, will outperform imported plants.
Perceptive landscape gardeners will research what plants are native to a particular area, which will influence their decision in what type of plant life they introduce or expand on in a garden.
In order to get into the artistic and knowledgeable mind of a landscape gardener it would therefore prove invaluable to carry out some research into the native plant life of your geographical area. This way you will be more adept in producing a truly luscious garden that won’t wilt under the unpredictable weather Britain inevitably presents before too long.
Qlawns have provided an insight into ways that anybody in society can adapt the mindframe of a landscape gardener in order to produce a picturesque garden.