Having a well-maintained, lush garden is a dream for many homeowners. Not only does it add value to your property, but it also provides a space where you can relax and enjoy the beauty of nature right in your very own yard.
While it’s tempting to go to the local nursery or gardening supply store and purchase whatever plants seem to look great, you’ll probably find that they don’t look nearly so great when they are transplanted to your backyard. In order to get the most from your outdoor space, you need to take the time to come up with a residential landscaping plan before you purchase.
Creating and Linking Spaces
Having a plan allows you to make the most out of the space you have. By dividing your yard into various ‘rooms’ with different functions, you can create spaces that highlight any natural features of your property, such as small dips, rises, or ponds. It allows you to create spaces that maximize relaxation, spaces for entertaining, and spaces that are simply beautiful.
By drawing up a landscape plan, you can also decide how you want to link these spaces together. By linking several spaces together using small paths and openings, you can encourage exploration and cultivate a strong sense of being in nature.
While it’s appealing to find and use plants that look and smell pretty, most of these plants tend to be high-maintenance and use a lot of resources. If you live in a dry area, it’s important to use plants that are suitable for that kind of climate. Otherwise, your water bill will dramatically increase.
Choosing resource-efficient plants and creating an environmentally-sound landscape helps maintain the diversity of the environment and protects native bird and wildlife species. It also saves you money on pesticides, fertilizer, and water, since your plants will thrive naturally without much human intervention.
If you’re feeling really adventurous with your plan, you can even design a water catchment system and incorporate it into the overall landscape plan. This will provide you with a sustainable source of irrigation water, further reducing your footprint on the environment around you.
Your Plants Will Work for You
Plants have various roles in a garden, and by drawing up a plan, you can determine what you want from your plants and how they will fit within the garden. Some people want to have fruit and vegetable gardens that are sustainable and eco-friendly. Others are not so interested in functionality: They simply want a beautiful garden with lovely aromas and sights, or they want to attract local wildlife. Conversely, some folks cultivate low-growing plants to be used as barriers that prevent access to a particular area (while still allowing an open view).
Planning out your landscape is an essential part of creating a garden that you’ll love. It gives you time to consider every aspect of the process, from plant selection to themes and features that you want to have. If you don’t feel like you have the time or expertise to draw up a landscape plan of your own, give us a call, and we’ll help you design the garden of your dreams.