A few things to remember before you start are:
- Use the available space in your landscape to the fullest.
- Try to be simple and effective while designing.
- There is no point creating a riot of colors, as it should look pleasant to the eyes.
The plants to be chosen for it should be the local ones. It is easy to take care of the native plants, since they are more familiar to us. Try to plant something every season, so that the garden remains a treat for the eyes throughout the year. Plants can be used to construct a fence around the landscape. Nowadays, lawns are considered to be an integral part of any landscape. The concept of having a lawn in gardens originated in England. It rains evenly throughout the year in England, which makes it easy to maintain lawns. However, lawns should be avoided in areas which experience the problem of water scarcity. For using water economically, micro-irrigation proves to be the best option. Flower beds should be layered. Layering places taller plants behind, and the shorter ones and the other plants can occupy the space in between them.
These decorations are meant to attract attention. They are the focal points of any landscape. Bird feeders, bird baths, hanging baskets, and clay pottery including vases, add to the beauty of a garden. However, these objects should be placed in such a way that they do not affect plant growth. A bridge at the entrance of a garden looks catchy. Having a swing in the garden adds to the comfort and can be used as a reading-cum-relaxing area. The deck is another feature that is used for the decoration. It acts as an extension to the room near the garden.
A waterfall can completely change the look and feel of the same. Along with a pleasing view of water streaming into the pond, its sound relaxes our mind. A 2-feet tall waterfall is perfect for a small landscape.
Different color schemes enhance the look of the same. They can be used to attract attention and also shift the focus away from dull surroundings. Yellow color refreshes the mind, hence yellow-colored flowers should be near windows for better visibility. There are many color schemes implemented by these designers. In the monochromatic color scheme, the main objective is to use hues of the same color. The colors adjacent to each other on the color wheel (a system to represent hues of colors in a circular format), are used in the analogous color scheme. For example, yellow and green colors can be used in this scheme. The complementary color scheme uses colors that are opposite to each other on the color wheel.
Hobby greenhouses can give a special touch to the same. Children can learn a lot about gardening through them. The interest in the concept of hobby greenhouses is growing day by day. Nowadays, people have begun to understand the importance of greenery in their lives. Hobby greenhouses add to the knowledge about various plant species. It is possible to learn about different exotic plants through these portable structures; and that too in our own backyard. Furthermore, these are available at affordable prices and in different forms.
Garden Designing Software
Those who are unable to spend time for this task can opt for a software to carry out the same. The software would suggest different designs suitable for your landscape, based on the dimensions of the garden. Also, a landscape contractor can be hired to implement the design provided by the software.
Ideas by Famous Landscape Architects
Fletcher Steele, an American landscape architect has written many books on residential gardens, and started off with 'Design for the Small Garden'. He has designed more than 700 gardens in his lifetime. Thomas Church, another landscape architect, spent most of his time designing home gardens. He was basically from California and has designed around 2,000 gardens. Frederick Law Olmsted did bulk of his work in designing them in urban areas. The Central Park located in New York is one of his famous creations. These ideas prove inspiring for home landscape designers.
Home landscape or garden is a place for relaxation. It should not only look pleasant, but also be a comfortable place to spend leisure time. Do not forget the basic principles of the same, while customizing it to your needs; it is the best way to develop one.