Where To Get Great Ideas For Landscaping

It is kind of wearing when I open my window every day staring at my same old garden. It looks somehow neglected although I always keep it tidy and pretty. The same plants, same terrain, and same arbors, all look old on my garden. This itchy feeling is suddenly creeping on my palms, bringing an urge to make something new.

Then images of landscape start to pop out in my mind, the images of my neighbors’ garden when I visited their house, the images of real estate advertisements where they put beautiful garden around the advertised houses, the images of my own fancy garden. Confusion slowly occupies my mind. To top that, I do not have any clue on what or where to begin with.

Fortunately, I do not have any hyperventilating issue. So I go to my pantry, prepare myself a hot cup of black coffee which sometimes helps a lot. While zipping my hot coffee, my eyes go to that same old garden outside my window, thinking where to get great ideas for landscaping. The stack of magazines on the book shelf looks appealing. I grab some, browse each page to seek beautiful garden pictures or residence advertisements, and not forgetting to put a sticky note on the page containing the landscape design I prefer for my garden.

After finishing with that, I open the noted pages to review each design once again. They are inspiring yet not really fitting the requirements I seek for my garden. Hence I approach my laptop to search more alluring ideas. Obviously there are hundreds designs of flawless gardens which need thorough evaluation before determining to save some for my own reference. Those designs indeed evoke more ideas for landscaping my sought garden.

The dimension of the most preferred design thereinafter should accommodate the terrain of my garden. Each garden has its own character that requires adjustment in every angle. It occurs to me that I probably need to seek advice from professionals on this, considering my lack of knowledge on landscape design. The consequence of this concern however is the escalating budget, especially their huge fees. Not yet to mention their choice of materials, plants, decorations, and deadline which on some cases I heard are long overdue. Such constraints should be excluded from my tight schedule and, of course, budget as well. Will the grand expectation and limited budget collide at perfect combination?

Decorative Stone Uses For Landscaping

One of the benefits resulting from the diminishing rainfall now being experienced Australia wide is the growing realisation by the community that there are alternatives to the vast areas of lawn traditionally found around suburban houses.

The new trend toward smaller property sizes has also caused people to look at more practical uses that could be made of the surrounds to their homes.

One of the fastest growth areas experienced over the past 5 years has been the increased usage of decorative pebbles. Landscapers and homeowners basically have two main sources for these pebbles and stones.

Natural coloured stones can be sourced throughout Australia, under licence, from old river and creek beds where their removal does not harm the ecosystem. These stones are quarried, then tumbled to give a smooth rounded edge which adds a touch of class wherever used. Local decorative pebbles are increasingly being used throughout the landscaping of new display homes to provide a low maintenance, low water requirement home environment. Attractive exterior inorganic mulches like pebbles suppress weeds and retain soil moisture when applied over already moist soil. They don’t break down over time and with the wide range of colours available can look great providing a modern stylish garden appearance.

The alternative source of decorative pebbles is the growing range of colours and sizes available in the imported pebbles. Whilst the initial major source of these was from non enviro-friendly areas of beaches and rivers in India and Indonesia, the recent trend had been to the wide range of natural coloured pebbles which are manufactured particularly in China and Italy. The two types of pebbles sourced are either polished and waxed or are manufactured stone that is tumbled from quarried rock to the desired size.

Polished pebbles are sourced from huge mounds of pebbles produced as a by-product to sand mining operations. Stacks up to 4 metres high and covering areas as large as a football field provide the pebbles that are hand picked for the colour required (usually black). These pebbles are then taken to local villages where they are polished by tumbling, then waxed and bagged.
Imported decorative pebbles are increasingly being used in a wide variety of applications including interior and exterior landscaping, roofscaping and the latest trend in decorative concrete – “seeded exposed aggregate”.

One of the many aspects drawing landscape architects and designers to this finish is the complete versatility in design and colour produced by the product. With over 100 different colour oxides available to select from for the concrete colour the wide range of over 40 different colours pebbles available provide a limitless colour combination to work with.

Apart from colour selections, designers can also incorporate exciting features in the project works. Polystyrene cut-outs which are set in the concrete when the initial pour is done can be subsequently removed and replaced with a contrasting feature concrete/pebble combination. Side borders can vary, from the many decorative pavers and bricks available, to hand laid pebble borders using any of the 100+ colours and sizes available.

A particularly popular range of pebbles are sourced from an Italian marble manufacturer who tumbles marble off-cuts to provide a colourful range of smooth edged marble pebbles. These environment friendly pebbles contain all the variations naturally found in marble providing an exceedingly decorative and appealing appearance.

Tips To Decorate The Pool Landscape

If you have a pool in your backyard, you can consider yourself lucky enough and make the best out of it. With a little hard work and efforts you can make the pool and the patio area the most relaxing and comfortable place in your backyard itself. Decorating these areas with accessories and ideas can be fun. To begin with you could light up the pool with pool lights and give it a complete new look.

Landscaping around the pool area

Decorating and taking a little effort to do up the surroundings of your pool can add life and charm to an otherwise shoddy and dull pool. Materials such as plants or wild flowers can add a dash of color and vibrancy. You can further decorate the blank spaces between the plants or pots by adding decorative pebbles and stones. Adding mulch can also serve as an addition to enhance beauty and sophistication to your pool landscape.

Decorating the outdoors is as important as decorating the interiors of your home, especially if you are someone who loves the outdoors as much as the indoors.

Placing your furniture

Placing your pool furniture and accessories carefully can make a huge difference to the overall look of the pool landscape, even the pillows placed on the pool furniture can add to the warmth and coziness of the pool area. Using accessories like garden statues, potted plants, candles can contribute to the beauty of your pool landscape.

Canopy for your pool

Adding a tent or a canopy over the deck or the patio is a good idea especially if the pool is located in an open space. This canopy or tent will be useful especially during outdoor parties or get-togethers since it will protect you even in case of sudden change in weather.

Gates and Fences

The safety aspect in the installation and use of a pool should never be undermined. Fencing and installation of a gate with a lock is important, more so in the case of in-ground pools. Such fences and lock gates also prove an important safety measure in case there are small children in the family. Fences and gates can add to the overall beauty if the patterns and colors you select coordinate well with the d├ęcor of your home.

Privacy for your pool area

Privacy becomes a very important factor, especially when you have the pool in your backyard. Adding a high fence with close slats will help you create a sense of privacy and comfort while lounging and enjoying the sun and the pool with your family.

Pool Storage

Just like our homes, storage arrangements for your pool area should also be a part of your planning and design process. Pool cleaning involves the use of chemicals and accessories which have to be stored at a convenient place. Floats, toys, loungers, inner tubes which are used by your family can also be stored in these storage units. Though storage units made from plastic are readily available in the market it would be better to use your creativity to design your personalized storage unit.