Author: Arthur Herrera (page 2 of 2)

Landscaping Tips – Designing the Garden of Your Dreams

As a Landscape Designer, I am often asked for guidance and suggestions on outdoor living and garden design. The one biggest trick or item of advice I could give would be to arrange an onsite consultation with a qualified Landscape Designer.

However, if you’d like the satisfaction to do it all yourself, here are my top strategies for designing the garden of your dreams…

Whatever and wherever the setting, landscape design needs to be considered as the art of beautifying.

A nicely constructed garden must balance the aesthetic using the functional. Reflect and incorporate and complement immediate atmosphere the the home, and, above all else, it requires to reflect the kind of its own owner. It needs to: frame the stunning; conceal the unsightly; fulfill the practical needs of its own users; create interest, imagination and enticement; evoke feelings of romance, relaxation, sophistication, elegance and wonder; and add value to the house. It needs to be a very sensory sanctuary – perfumed, visual, acoustic and tactile.

So my very first thought when designing any new garden is functionality. You then need to work out where you are planning to set every thing and how much room you want for furniture, pools, health spas, play equipment, clothes lines, sheds, compost bins, etc. The size as well as dimensions of your furniture, play equipment, the perspectives from the different windows of your dwelling and the way the sun and darkness trail across your yard is largely going to dictate the size, shape and placement of different components in your garden.

Now that you simply have created the functional skeleton in your garden, it’s time to release your inner garden designer. This really is the stage where looking at magazines that showcase beautiful gardens will allow you to attract on inspiration. It truly is also at this stage which you have to contemplate the financial and, if you’re thinking about a D.I.Y. setup, the labour investment that you’re prepared to make.

Your selection of construction techniques and materials are able to make a substantial impact regarding how much you will be taken by your investment. Once you have calculated just how much time you think you will be taken by it and how much you think your job will cost, multiply each of these by 3 – for what is likely to be project timeline and your real project cost.

Regardless of the particular kind of garden that you pick (i.e. tropical, native, Japanese, bungalow, Mediterranean, etc), here are a few hints to help you beautify the practical:

• Try and incorporate recurring themes – carry elements from the front garden to the back garden and use feels and similar colours from as part of your house in your garden.

• If you’d like to make your garden feel bigger, use large format pavers set in a simple pattern; espalier climbing plants to produce lush green walls, without giving space (try espaliering citrus trees to get a Mediterranean courtyard); paint a bright feature wall and use mirrors or hanging wall artwork.

• Redirect or redirect attention – redirect attention from it by creating/setting a characteristic near by to attract the eye if you can’t easily screen something unsightly. Make use of the sound of dripping water or soft music to divert attention from road noise.

• Attempt not to include too many characteristic elements – implement the ‘less is more’ main. If there are a lot of characteristics clamouring on your attention, you appreciate and almost certainly won’t really notice any of them.

• Make sure the plant is right for the spot, before you get it. Browse the plant labels carefully and match the plant to the location it’ll be most joyful in (i.e. part shade, well-drained soils), take note of its growth habit and plant accordingly.

• Apply about 50mm of high quality mulch to your garden (a good rule of thumb to use is – if you can walk on it in bare feet, it’s not mulch), making sure you maintain it 10mm – 20mm far from the bottom of your plants. Note – while rocks and stones appear fine in garden beds, they store heat and can cook the roots of your smaller plants in particularly sunny places.

• Routine maintenance is then the secret to ensuring your dream garden doesn’t become a nightmare – doing a little bit often is much better than doing a lot rarely. It also helps you join together with your garden and you’re going to enjoy it more.

A garden is much like any living creature, it takes time to grow and develop, so don’t be afraid to put some ‘sacrificial’ plants that fill space while the more permanent plants in the garden fill out. Make sure the plant is right for the place, before you purchase it.

Rose Gardening Guide – Overview of Basic Rose Types

Planning a rose garden might seem like an overwhelming endeavor. Just seeing with the local garden center may both inspire and intimidate you. With all these varieties, sizes and colors to pick from, the abundance of chances may be as heady as the roses’ aroma. They each possess features that are individual and are suited to different landscapes.

One thing to bear in mind when selecting roses is sun. While varieties may grow to differing heights as well as different shapes may be taken by their plants, one of their characteristics that are common is a love of sun. When selecting the spot for the rose garden, make sure that you will be supplying your plants with at minimum 5-6 hours each day of sunlight.

Hybrid tea roses make great cutting flowers, growing blooms that are large that are amazing on mostly single stems through the plant. These modern roses are extremely hardy and certainly will look wonderful in rows during your garden. Floribunda roses push many medium sized blooms on each stalk up and so are breathless in bloom. Ground cover roses behave much more like a shrub and needs to be chosen for colour and size. Climbers are simply what the name suggests; these varieties could be trained to appear like a vine by tying them into a trellis as they grow.

Are varieties that date back. These roses are usually quite hardy and their scent is amongst the most delightful of roses.

Whichever variety you choose, you should take some time to see your rose garden. Color scheme can also be significant and the selections you make will order the complete feel of your own garden. Consult catalogues, magazines or internet sources for inspiration in designing your rose garden.

Once you have embarked on your own rose garden that is new, there are some significant maintenance tips to keep in mind. A rose garden should be cleaned regularly. Keeping other garden debris and fallen leaves from the roots of the plants will enable you to water the plants at the roots as well as keep fungus as well as other issues at bay.

Attentive feeding of your rose bushes will keep them looking their best throughout their blooming season and certainly will keep the plants healthy through the inactive period. You’ll find lots of fertilizer picks at the local garden care facility. No matter which type you decide on, always make sure to follow along with the directions carefully to make sure the finest results. Mulch overly great be as is attentive pruning which both ensure long flowering rose plants for a long time, a fantastic advantage to your garden.

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