A beautiful show garden is one of the most attractive features you can give your home; however, they can often require serious maintenance and as such, they rapidly fall into disrepair. If you have neglected your garden for too long, you might now be tired of looking at the same depressing grey patio and overgrown, weed-filled lawn. If this is the case, why not take advantage of the upcoming autumn season to reinvigorate your garden? To get you started, here are some landscaping tips to help you to achieve the perfect garden.
1. Have a plan based on your garden’s requirements
Landscaping a garden is in many ways similar to renovating your home, and as such you should devise a plan before jumping straight into digging up the grass and adding plants. Consider what it is exactly that you want out of your garden. Do you want to create a fun space in which the kids can play and stretch their imaginations? Or is your goal to become more self-sufficient by growing fruit and veg and perhaps adding a chicken coop? The goal for your garden will require different considerations. In addition to this, you should consider the existing features of your garden as they will have a bearing on what you can do with it. Soil types, for instance, have a huge impact on the type of plants and crops that will thrive in your garden.
2. Add an eye-catching water feature
Add some interest to your garden design by including an eye-catching water feature. If your garden goal is to create a space in which nature can thrive, a water garden is a great way to attract wildlife. Ponds can be built in such a way that they appear like natural features in your garden, and you can add and aquatic plants such as water lilies and willow moss, which as well as looking pretty, help to clean and oxygenate the pond water. To add additional architectural interest, why not consider adding a fountain as well? Available in a number of designs and materials, there is a fountain available to suit every taste, whether you want the classic look of a Renaissance villa or a modern dancing water feature.
3. Include garden furniture
Whilst planning your garden revamp don’t forget to include garden furniture. You need a place in which to relax and enjoy your new peaceful garden, and if your furniture is an afterthought there is a risk that it is bought in a rush and does not suit the rest of your garden design. Garden furniture is available in a number of designs to suit all tastes and budgets, whether you want a relaxed rattan outdoor sofa or a classic white-enamel wrought iron set. To get the most out of your garden in the cooler months when you might be tempted to stay indoors, you could also consider adding a few outside heaters, or even building a summer house or gazebo.