When you plan a landscape garden, one of the first things you consider is how good it will look once it is finished. Just as important as this, is another factor – whether the garden accommodates the needs of those who are likely to use it the most. Here are a few ideas that can help you create such a landscape garden:
Develop a relationship diagram
Before developing a plan for the landscape garden, you should discuss with family members what they want most from it. Some of the common functions that families require are – protection from wind, a barbecue area, a dog pen, a dining area, recreation space and a play area. Once you decide what you want from the garden, you can make a sketch which shows the location of the areas. This is called a relationship diagram. For instance, if you want a dining area, position it close to the kitchen. Based on this, you can decide where the plants have to be, and where the furniture and other fixtures are to be placed in the garden.
Decorate the garden
Here are a few simple, cost-effective ways to decorate the garden:
Pick an area in the garden that you feel is a good spot for relaxing. Add an elegant patio day-bed. Arrange a few pillows that are convenient to lean against. If it is placed in an area that does not have a shade, get a canopy fixed overhead.
Look for flat slabs used as stepping stones a few decades ago. You can get a glass splash-back fixed on it as a table-top. Place the stepping stone in between two to three short wooden chairs, and it can make a great arrangement where you can have a cup of tea in the evening.
Glass splash-backs on walls can be a great addition to a greenhouse. Get the surfaces fixed before you arrange the plants against the wall. The splash-backs will prevent the walls from gathering the dirt and grime that it otherwise will, as a result of splashing when you water the plants. In keeping with the functionality of the room, you should opt for a green glass splash-back.
Glass worktop surfaces can look very beautiful when the lighting is right. A good option is to place lights on the surface. Add lights that reflect the mood of the garden. For instance, if you want to give it a cool, breezy feel, place votives in seashells that are oversized. Arrange the shells in a shallow tray filled with sand. Place this arrangement on a worktop saver in the garden.
Another idea to light up the area in the garden is a set of small, clear apothecary bottles with wicks and lamp oil in them, placed on a big glass cake stand covered by a hurricane. If you are apprehensive about using candles and other votives, the best option is battery operated lights. Make origami balloon lanterns in which you can place the lights and hang all over the garden. This is a safe option for kids’ parties, where there is a good chance that children will bump into the lights.