Landscaping is one of the most important elements of any garden. It can transform a dull space into something you’ll want to escape to. It’s certainly beneficial to have a garden you can enjoy. It provides you with a space you can relax in – perhaps to read a book, to enjoy some sunshine or to cook up a barbecue.
However, this will only be possible if you take the time to create a well-structured garden with a space that works. This isn’t going to be a five-minute project, but there is a lot to be said for indulging in gardening as a hobby. If you know what the end result will be, you can draw inspiration from it as you start to transform each part of your garden.
Gardening: the best hobby?
Many would say so. There is something quite fulfilling about being able to work on a particular space – clearing it, readying it for plants, raised beds and whatever else you have in mind, and watching everything grow and bed itself in. Creating your dream from scratch may be hard work, but it’s also great exercise and very fulfilling, as you are sure to find out.
Gardening also gives you a chance to escape from the daily grind. If you are stressed, you can take it out on digging! You also have an opportunity to test your DIY skills, by putting down a base for a shed, building a shed or even putting together some raised beds to help bring your design to life.
Potential design features to consider
Before you start, grab some paper and pencils and plot out your garden. It’s easier if you do this to scale. Once you’re done, think about what you want to do with your garden. Do you want a grassed area for the kids to play in? Do you want to grow fruit and vegetables? Do you want a secluded area that’s ideal for getting in some relaxation time?
There are a number of features that can help bring any garden to life. For example, a water feature would look great in the right spot. Many of these are now solar-powered, which means you don’t have to worry about sorting out external electric cables.
Another wonderfully-attractive feature is an arbour. This is basically a wooden seat that has a taller frame to the rear and sides, with a small roof over the top. The frame can be solid or, more often, takes on a trellis-style appearance. The Hartwood Yorkshire arbour seat is a great example. You can grow climbing plants around the sides and rear if you wish, providing a wonderful aroma as you sit back, perhaps enjoying a five-minute break from all the gardening.
Arbours come in a range of sizes too. While the two-person designs are most commonly seen, there are others that are bigger. The larger ones may occasionally have their own small base, with interior benches and a larger roof. Could you fit something larger into your garden?
Additional features for larger gardens
Of course, you might be blessed with a very large garden, in which case you can think about adding other features to help break up the space. An arch can provide a natural break between one area and another, ideally positioned on or by the entrance to a garden path. They are available in powder-coated steel, but you can also get traditional wooden ones, like the Hartwood Camden garden arch, for example. Again, there is the facility to grow climbing plants up and over the frame, which helps to bed it into its surroundings.
Finally, the ultimate in a garden hideaway could easily be provided by a summer house. An octagonal design is particularly appealing, and can settle into a variety of locations. You may wish to position it in a corner, or erect it in an area so you can walk around all sides. The 8’ x 8’ Ryton octagonal summer house by Rowlinson is a great example of how cosy they can be. Lots of windows let in plenty of light, and double doors mean you can sit and relax inside, and yet still be close to the surrounding garden space.
Have you created a relaxing garden space you’re proud of?
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Remember, your garden could be anything you want it to be. Get creative and think about how best to transform whatever plot you have, from a small garden to something that could be split into many different areas. What will you do?