So you’ve decided on installing your own personal garden, but you don’t know how to style it, or what plants and components you require to bring life to your lawn and yard. From the initial list of things that you need to have to think about before selecting and planning out your landscape style to different pros and cons of common kinds of landscaping styles – here’s the basics of landscaping and everything you need to have to understand about styling your garden. Our team of specialists is here to help you make your dream garden come to life!
In this article, we will discover the basic principles of landscaping and general guidelines you need to know when selecting your theme, selecting the best flowers for your design, and finally carrying out your plan and layout. Get the best tips from greatest florists and gardeners on choosing the best landscape design to fit your lifestyle, complement your home and architectural style, represent who you are as a person and match your everyday activities and social hostings all at once.
If you are curious in a formal course or want to get certified as an expert on all things about gardening, we recommend looking into professional bodies and schools in gardening and floristry such as the American Institute of Floral Designers of the AIFD (www.aifd.org), the National Gardening Organization (www.garden.org), the American Floral Endowment (www.endowment.org), the American Horticultural Society (www.ahsgardening.org) and other similar organizations offering track specializing in floristry and horticulture.
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First Things You Should Think about
Whichever style you select for your front lawn and backyard, you should always remember that the conditions in your lawn come first before the style, or it will never come out right. Here is a list of the first things you should think about when choosing and planning out a design for your landscape.
Architecture of the Home
Picking out the design of the landscape needs to match your own home design for it to give you a great, balanced sense of cohesion with your flowers, bushes and trees including the overall structure and style of your picked landscape design.
Sunlight and where it falls longest
This is specially important for plants that need to have longer exposure to sunlight and which ones require more shade instead, and specially in plotting out your plants to ensure each of your precious flowers and greens get the necessary amount of sun exposure and shade.
Position of potential or existing trees
Aligned with the direction of sunlight and where it falls the longest, the position of existing trees in your backyard, if any, or those you may want to put in, matters for the same reason.
Depth and texture of soil
Make sure you know which portions of your lot have shallow and rocky dirt and which portions have more depth and texture to give room for the plants’ roots and growth.
Air quality, wind direction and strength
If you stay in the city, or at least close to the center, you have to remember the quality of the air in your yard to see to it that your plants don’t get suffocated from an excessive amount of smoke and fog from vehicles, restaurant kitchens’ exhaust, and the general confined space of the city. The direction of the wind at different times of the day and year, together with its strength, is equally important to keep your plants nurtured and healthy.
Family pet and neighbor’s pets
Of course, should you have any dogs, cats, or any other critters that regularly go out to your yard, you require to make sure you get pet-friendly kinds of flowers, hedges and trees, and you might even require to install a low-rise fence or something similar to keep them from trampling plants or, god forbid, doing their business in the garden bed.
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Fundamental Steps to Designing Your Landscape
Whatever you settle on for your landscape design, there are a few easy steps you need to follow to style your garden. Here are some basic steps to designing your landscape.
Sketch the Plan Out
If you can, it’s far better to get the exact dimensions of your area from your house’s blueprint; this way, you get an overview of your design and could mess around with different styles while you’re still in the planning stage.
Pick Flowers as Focal Points
Like any arrangement including flowers, select the star (or stars) of your garden and base your accents and foliage off of the main flower.
Picking Your Garden Style
It’s essential to note here what you intend to do in your garden, as it impacts how you do the landscaping in your lot. Is it for recreation? For social events and play time? For rest and relaxation? Strike a balance between lawn and planting areas to make sure you have enough room to walk around while appreciating the beauty of nature in your yard.
Borders and Edging
It’s also important to know what type of materials you want to use and would be the best for the borders and edges of your backyard. Whether it’s wood, brick, stone, or anything else, bear in mind your theme and style in order to properly match your main flowers and accents with the material you’ll make use of.
Choosing Your Plants
After picking your design, main focal flower, and your borders and edges, you’re now at the point of selecting your flowers, hedges and trees for your garden. In line with that, it’s strongly important to know the full size of a plant before placing them in the soil to ensure that they don’t seem overcrowded once they reach maturity.
Putting all of it Together
You’ve taken your pick of landscape design, borders and edging, focal flowers, accents, foliage, and now you need to get to put them all together. A basic understanding of the color wheel comes in handy here, along with looking at the texture, shape and size of different types of flowers and shrubs and how well they match each other.
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Pros & Cons of Different Landscape Models
Which landscape best suits your home design and architectural design? Which landscape design best displays your lifestyle and every day life? Regardless of what your answer may be, here is a short collection of common landscape styles you can select from. If you want to create your own unique design and get creative, you can choose some features from these conventional styles and integrate them into your own design. Let your inspiration flow and make your dream garden become a reality!
Features: Plenty of shrubs and perennials to go with your home’s architectural structure, sometimes featuring bird baths and arbor.
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Oriental/ Japanese Zen
Features: Water, rocks and evergreens akin to how Asian style gardens look like, with an array of plants in matching shades and hues of green.
Features: As the name suggests, includes the natural way that flora and fauna grow as seen in forests and wooded areas, also needing less regular maintenance.
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Features: Symmetrical arrangements, straight lines and well-defined geometric shapes with manicured, well-trimmed appearance that needs to have a lot of maintenance
Features: Curved edges and asymmetrical arrangements, mostly situated in plant beds
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Features: Abundance of ferns and foliages with brightly-colored blooms and tall trees akin to a tropical jungle.
Features: Secure plant containers on lines of brick or stone, peppered with flowering plants and blooms.