The Best Garden Design Ideas

Garden Ideas

The Best Garden Design Ideas

A small garden has a lot more potential than the average homeowner realizes. Whether you have a narrow space behind your home or a cramped backyard, the possibilities of beautifying your landscape are endless. You can easily turn your small garden or backyard into an incredible space with the right garden design ideas. The most important thing is to choose the right garden design ideas that match your garden space or backyard.

Here are some of the best residential landscape design ideas for your backyard. 

The first thing is to get your lawn into shape.

In fact, when you look out of the window at your garden, your lawn is the biggest shape that you are going to see. A good shape will place your entire garden space on the right track.

On the other hand, your garden doesn’t have to always be a rectangle. In fact, you can easily try out some of the other shapes such as oblong, square, circle, and oval to find the most suitable shape for your space.

Remember, never to skimp on your flowerbeds.

In fact, if you have a meter or more in depth for a border, it is more than enough space to place the smaller plants in the front and the taller ones at the back. In case you don’t have enough space for meter-deep flowerbeds, you can easily place the climbers at the back of the border. That way you could still get the required height in the planting.

On the other hand, the way your paving is laid and its color are important for the rest of the design of your garden space. For example, if you have laid gray or white stones in a random pattern, your space will have a French country look. Silver or black paving will offer a sleek and modern scheme when organized in a regular design. On the other hand, if you require an English country feel for your garden space, you should lay golden stones in a random pattern.

Don’t forget to coordinate your paving and plants at all times.

If you have a gray or white paving, you should go for purple or white blooms. A black or silver paving will look great with strong plant colors such as red, yellow, and orange.

On the other hand, if you have a golden or buff paving, you should go for soft-toned flowers such as pink, chalky yellow or lavender. Make sure you plan your planting. Structural plants mixed with pretty flowering plants will bring out some of the best garden designs. You may use evergreen shrubs at the end of each border. Include large evergreens or small shrubs like box balls for this purpose.

Once you have the frame ready, you can fill the gaps with great-looking flowering plants. Make sure you stick to 4-6 different types that are arranged in repeated patterns. This will give out a harmonious and coordinated effect to your garden space.

Make sure you keep in mind the four seasons when choosing flowering plants for your garden.

Add some year-round color to your garden by choosing “out of season” performers. For instance, you can get your garden space off to a great start by putting in spring and early summer bulbs. Have enough room in your garden for seating space.

If you plan to have a table in the garden, allow room for each person to sit comfortably. They should be able to pull out their chairs without hitting anything else. Also, you should keep enough room to walk around the table when everyone is seated.

In fact, the idea may end up taking more space than you initially planned. That is why it is important that you plan the design properly before implementing the idea.

Seasonal Garden Styles

Don’t forget to pay attention to the fences and boundary walls in the garden.

In fact, it is really important to get them looking good when designing your garden. Check with your neighbors to establish whose fence it is and ask for permission to do the necessary changes. These are some of the best garden design ideas for your small garden.



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