The Perfect Landscape Design For Your Home

By Frank Woods

Landscaping is a serious business as it will require a lot of your time and effort plus some ingenuity. There are important things that you should know before going ahead with your landscaping project. Spend some time thinking about exactly how you want the final design to be. Among the factors that should influence your design would be your preferred style and the intended uses. Do you want to include an area for entertaining? A barbeque perhaps? Or you might be contemplating putting up a play structure for the children. Also, ask yourself if you will be spending some time in the garden. Those are some of the basic starting point.

Consider all options before hiring professionals. Hiring professionals will cost you money, whereas you might want to play architect and designer if there is nothing elaborate or complicated in your planned garden. However, doing it yourself is not an option if you have a big garden or grounds that will be a challenge even for the professional.

The style of your home must be taken into account. If you have a rural cottage, formal gardens surrounding it will look out of place. Your manner of living is also a factor in your landscape design. Some would like to putter around in the garden, while some simply don't have the inclination. If so, go ahead and plant them, but if you'd rather spend your free time at the beach, then go for an easy-care garden and landscape.

Here are the various landscape styles you can choose for your own garden:

The Formal Style. Sounds exactly as it looks. Walks, paths, etc. are in straight lines or in geometrical shapes. Plants are planted in well planned and complementing figures and patterns. Grooming is evident in the plants and foliage, grasses are trimmed and everything is as it should be.

The Informal Style. Literally and figuratively the opposite of the formal style, and fits well in smaller and homey houses. Curves and smooth corners are the rule and the plants are planted without discernable pattern.

English Garden. In this style, the garden is treated as an adjunct of and conforming to the architecture of the main house.

Formal/Informal Garden. This style often comes with a brick walkway that exudes formality. This walkway will point to a circle of plants at the back. The plants as arranged calls to mind the English garden style less the prim and proper borders.

The Oriental Style. This is most common in houses with little garden patches. Rocks, evergreen plants and water are used extensively. There are also plants planted without clear patterns and presenting different angles.

Woodland. This landscaping suits a house that has a wooded backyard and sloping ground.

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