A garden surrounds your home. It is visible looking out any window or door of your home. A garden is also visible to people looking at your home from the street, or your neighbours on the other three sides of your home. You can also look at your garden by being inside the garden itself.
Your garden can assist in keeping your home cool in summer and cosy in wintertime. Your garden needs just as much designing as your home will do.
Things to think about when designing your garden:
- Sustainable garden design; actually means that you create and design to blend in with the natural surrounding landscapes, using the plants and trees that naturally grow in your area. These plants know how to survive and maintain themselves. They will draw insects and birds, which are needed in all gardens and are part of the natural habitat.
- Choose Colourful; whether you choose flowers or trees or shrubs, make your choice by looking at a colour wheel. Choose your primary colours to frame your home and draw attention to its details, but also choose contrast colours in your garden, it will create an amazing effect when planted side by side.
- Create areas where you can linger; by using plants, shrubs and trees with different heights, colour and foliage, you can draw attention to focus points in your garden. It can be a little alcove covered with foliage and a bench to sit and read or watch the birds. It can be a small rock pool that will invite frogs and other small water animals. It can be anything that is worth a second, third or fourth look.
- Design outside lighting for pathways and socializing areas; that will blend in with the rest of your home and garden. With the correct type of lighting, you can create any type of atmosphere and scenery. Your home can shine even at night.
- Grow your own food; you do not need a lot of space for growing your own vegetables and even fruit. You can make these plants part of your design, in between shrubs and other plants. You can also start a container garden where you grow your veggies inside containers which you can place randomly where there are room for them.
The whole design for your garden should be to work together with your home to form a beautiful, welcoming picture. The whole should draw you in, make you feel comfortable and glad you are at home.