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Landscaping – A Lovely Art

In a country as beautiful and warm as South Africa, who needs an attractive interior if one can have a striking exterior? In a recent poll, it was determined that the landscape architect profession would have a larger than average growth within the next ten years, while architecture would only have an average growth. This proves that more and more people want to spend on beautiful gardens and as the world becomes more “green,” why not join the movement and benefit in the meantime.

Start with the front yard and show the world that style tips can come from Mother Nature. Colourful flowers with bold, bright hues can make visitors feel at home. It always helps to let a professional take a look at your space before you start designing, because even though a cheaper option might look more appealing at first, the ultimate result could not be exactly what you planned on. Design on paper what you have in mind then let a designer give you advice. This will ultimately save money, because you won’t change your garden every year.

Divide the project into phases or areas in the landscape, because this allows you to start imagining the whole picture and you can make changes before it is too late. Look at online catalogues and guides to expand your knowledge on plants and to determine fair prices. One should also visit botanical gardens and arboretums to get a visual idea and demolition sites can be a perfect source of stones.

When designing ones landscape, one should get to know the terrain, natural elevations, natural trees and grass already growing on the ground, because these can effect your plans and will ultimately determine if there is harmony in the landscape. The size of the yard is also extremely important to consider when thinking about elements like walkways, stonewalls or big trees. For example, pathways and steps will work perfectly in a large yard, while large trees and dense shrubs will overpower small gardens. The landscape should enhance the building to make it warm and welcoming.

It is good to keep grass at a certain height and cut it regularly to keep it healthy. Keep grass, plant and shrubs nourished by watering it frequently and use fertilizer to nourish the ground and keep insects away. “Scattering” colour by placing petunias and impatiens as a blanket on the lawn, which will help grow flowers. You should avoid throwing away old wood and yard debris, because (and this will help cut costs) things like wood can be dressed up, painted or bleached to create artistic effects within the garden. Using different shapes and natural colours of stones will also add life to a garden, especially when arranged in a way that would be aesthetically pleasing and compliment already existing decor and design.

After all these thought processes, one should ultimately consider ones own style and what one wants to look at and experience every day. Options are limitless, with patio’s, water features, structures and even garden lighting to consider. Ultimately, excitement and creativity should be the most important elements.