For every landscape design we are asked to create, there will be two main attributes that we have to focus on. The first is practical, whereby we have to ensure that the finished design is functional, fits within the confines of the garden, and allows our clients to enjoy and maintain their garden.
The second is to make the garden look as stunning as possible so that it could easily be described as picture-perfect. Each client might have their views on which of these two, practical or aesthetic, is more important, but for most landscape designers, the latter is what excites us just that little bit more, and, if truth be told, we are complimented more by clients based on how their gardens look than how well they function.
Making a garden functional is a skill and a task we take very seriously. However, what we create visually is what most people seeing our landscape designs will comment on and often take photographs of. So, we thought it would be useful if we gave some insight into some of the principles we adhere to when trying to create a landscape design that is so visually stunning that it is good enough to be photographed and showcased in a gardening magazine.
A landscape design that excludes grass is only not easy to maintain, but it is also not heavy on your wallet. Imagine how much you can save on your water bills, pesticides, fertilisers, and other equipment that is required to keep the grass in ideal shape.
Everyone desires to have a garden that is well maintained and trimmed, but often they end up having the grass turning yellow and pale, giving their garden a horrible look. Keeping the grass perfectly green is not easy and requires extensive effort and time. If you don’t have the energy and are looking for a convenient alternative, a landscape design with no grass at all can be achieved.
The easiest thing you can do to replace grass is to invest in a lot of pots and planters and convert your outdoor space into a container garden. All you need to buy is a few tools like a spade or a watering can. The choices of plants you can place in the containers are endless. Try different colourful and unique shaped planters to give your garden a unique look.
In 2019, Australia recorded its hottest day, with a national average of 40.9 degrees-Celsius. If that isn’t enough to make you want to add a swimming pool to your landscape design, then nothing will!
However, while you are still in the drawing board phase, it helps to make sure you do as much research as possible. The more you think about your wants and needs, the happier you can be once the swimming pool is installed. Talk to your local landscaping expert, and consider the following.
The average family-size pool varies from between three and four metres wide to five to seven metres long. However, that doesn’t mean your pool has to be that large or small. Let your current landscaping design and backyard size dictate the size of the pool you want and need.
Plunge pools, family pools, and lap pools can all be excellent options for the average Australian backyard. The hardest part is deciding which option works for you the best.
If you have decided to start working on your backyard’s landscaping, then you may have pondered what focal points to add. You could go down the road of spa pools and swimming pools, or you could even incorporate an outdoor fire or seating area.
But have you ever thought about what water features could do for your backyard? Aside from being beautiful to look at, water features may have more to offer than you might think. Read on to find out some of the surprising benefits they have.
They Attract Wildlife
If you’re a nature lover, then you are probably always trying to think of ways to welcome wildlife into your backyard. You may even put bird feeders out, or use wildlife-safe netting around your perimeter. But if you add a water feature into your landscaping, then you are taking it one step further.
Fresh, clean water is a necessity for life – not just for humans, but animals, too. By providing such a source, you will surely welcome birds, reptiles, and more. If you add a water bath, you can also help birds with the task of removing dust and loose feathers from their bodies.