Creating the perfect garden

Creating the perfect garden

Your garden has a big impact on your lifestyle. A beautiful, well-designed garden can provide the perfect setting for outdoor activities with your kids, family gatherings and friends, for the perfect BBQ. Whether you prefer a garden that’s designed for entertaining or just relaxing with a good book, you can create the perfect environment where you’ll love spending your time year-round.

With some creative planning and the help of a Lw Landscapes, you can create your dream garden. Whether your garden is small or large, it needs to have both functional and aesthetic appeal. To create that, your garden needs to have proper height and depth, hard and soft surfaces and interesting textures and colors.
Make a Grand Entrance

First impressions count, so it’s important to pay special attention to your gardens entry. If your entryway consists of a rusty, old iron gate that’s off it’s hinges or a wooden door that needs new paint, the first impression of your garden may be less than great. If your guests have to walk through wet grass or down a muddy path to reach your garden, they’re likely to be unimpressed with your garden design.

To make a grand entrance, consider building a beautiful rose-encrusted arbor or trellis covered in scented climbing vines like honeysuckle or jasmine. Creating a lovely pathway into the garden with concrete pavers, flagstone pieces or wooden stepping stones. Line the pathway with soft foliage or colorful flowers.

Line the pathway with soft foliage or colorful flowers and light it for safety with beautiful pathway lights. A grand entrance will make a lasting first impression for your garden design.

A beautiful garden begins with great landscaping ideas. Selecting the right trees, shrubs and plants will give your yard good height and depth, soften hard edges on adjoining structures and create a enjoyable back garden atmosphere. Good landscaping will always set the stage for everything else you do in your garden.

Here are some important landscaping tips:

Create Depth and Height

When designing your landscape, create interesting layers. Plant tall trees and shrubs at the back of the garden or along the property line to create privacy, then shorter shrubs, plants and flowers toward the garden. Layering plants will create proper scale and emphasize height and depth in your backyard.
Use a Variety of Plants

Select a variety of plants with different sizes, shapes, textures and colors. Place plants with broad leaves next to those with slender, spiky leaves, and those with bright green leaves next to those with darker leaves.The contrast will make your landscape look fuller and look visually interesting.
Choose the Right Plants

When selecting landscape plants, choose the right plants that fit the size of your garden. If you plant seedlings or young trees, shrubs and plants, consider how large they will get when they reach maturity. If you plant the wrong size plants, it will create constant care and maintenance problems.
Choose the Right Grass

Most lawns require regular care, maintenance and water. To conserve energy and resources, consider using native plants and grass alternatives in your garden design.

Before planting, study your garden. Look for sun and shade areas, fertile soil, adequate drainage, pest problems and any existing landscape conditions that may impact growth and maintenance requirements.
Plan for Shade

Your garden won’t be very enjoyable without some shade, especially during hot spring and summer months. By planting several trees, you will provide adequate shade in a comfortable garden atmosphere for family activities and entertaining.

Trees not only create comfortable shade, they also give your house a look of permanence, soften hard materials and provide more privacy. Trees, whether tall or small, create good scale, height and depth and create impact in your garden.

Trees provide interest, shape, texture and color throughout the year. If you plant two or three trees, harmonize the shapes, landscape plant such as round, pyramidal, weeping, and vary the different size and shapes of leaves.

By creating flowing paths in your garden, you will add both functionality and aesthetic appeal. Garden Paths can create stunning footpaths from the front garden to the back garden, safe footpaths from the house to winding pathways to colorful garden areas.

Whether you prefer the elegant look of stone pavers, the traditional look of brick, the modern appeal of concrete or the natural appeal of gravel or stepping stones, the flowing paths will provide hardscaping that contrasts the softness of trees and plants and increases visual appeal and interesting texture and color.

When planning paths, follow these design tips:

  • Follow natural access patterns within your garden, otherwise, children and dogs will create their own pathways through your grass and flower beds.
  • Create straight paths where ever possible. Although they are less pleasing than a winding pathways, they create the shortest path to a destination and are the least expensive to build.
  • Use curves and steps only where there is a reason, not just to meander through the garden.
  • Provide practicality, safety and visual appeal by making paths at least 36 inches wide, which will allow two people to walk together. For an illusion of extra length and width, widen one end and add extra width at curves.
  • Never slope walkways more than 10 percent, one to five percent is ideal. If your back garden is sloped, incorporate curves, steps or ramps in your back garden design to compensate for the slope and provide safe footpaths.
  • Make steps as wide as the paths the they connect to. Never use just one step, two or three steps provide more safety. Make steps emphatic and noticeable with plants along the borders, contrasting textures or landscaping and lighting to prevent falls. Use materials on paths and steps that provide slip-resistance when wet.
  • Keep hedges and border plants next to walkways low and well-maintaned so you don’t crowd the foot path.

Create Eye-Catching Edges and Borders

Edges and borders will create a neat, well-maintaned landscape with great form, contrast, texture and color. Interesting edges and borders, next to decks, patios, walkways and fences add a lot of visual appeal to any garden. You can create eye-catching edges and borders with landscape plants, as well as interesting building materials.

A border created with interesting ground covers, soft greenery or colorful shrubs and flowers will create stunning visual appeal in your back garden. Select plants and flowers that bloom during different seasons for all year round color or foliage.

Edges and borders created with hard landscaping materials will provide permanent form and neat outlines in your back garden, as well as interesting texture and contrast. You can design edges and borders with a variety of hard landscaping materials like stone, concrete and brick.

Create a visual interest by setting brick or stone diagonally or on end. Create a natural appeal with wood timbers or flagstone paving.

For added visual appeal and height, build a unique container gardens within your back garden. You can design container gardens around the back garden to create property boundaries or set them along pathways and patio areas. Container gardens can be built in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials that will complement the style and atmosphere of your backyard.

If you find these steps difficult, you can always call for professional help. Get in touch with us by giving us a call on 01244 490106, or leaving an email at

LW Landscapes will get the job done for you.

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