Landscape Gardening

Few people know how to improve their gardens. Many of us have grown so accustomed to the vertical rectangular beds of flowers and the quadrangle greenery zones, that we don’t even get to think how to change that. Landscape gardening is the way to increase the natural look of your garden and turn it into something more beautiful and attractive. Many people would give a lot of money to achieve a better look of their gardens. But why spend a sum of fortune, when you can actually do it yourselves? Yes, yourselves. Landscape gardening can be done by almost everyone with basic carpentry skills. It is an easy procedure that virtually transfers your garden into architectural beauty.

What you need is some time off, and some cedar boards and screws. The idea came to me from a garden project magazine, where architecture of simple raised strawberry and herb gardens was presented. By that time I already had my rectangular flowerbeds in the backyard, and I was getting really tired of them. Suddenly, to my mind cropped up that raised gardens could be used not only for strawberry or herb growing. It could be used to enhance the landscape of my own commonplace garden! That was my first step in landscape gardening. My second one was that I ran to the garage and picked up my carpentry tools, which I was going to use for the construction.

How did the construction work take place? I used similar plans like those in the magazine for creating raised strawberry garden tiers. The difference was that I made three large squares out of the cedar boards size 1” to 6”. The design was simple and the price of all was close to minimal. Remember that doing landscape gardening and creating a new design for you garden doesn’t always include expensive operations and sophisticated skills. You just need to keep the enthusiasm, and that will certainly happen if carpentry is your passion. It happened to become mine and doing my design gave me great satisfaction.

My idea was to build some kind of a pyramid, by putting the largest square, 48 ” on a side, at the basis. The second square was 32” on a side, and was put over the soil of the first one, at a 90 angle to the one beneath it. The top square, size 21” on a side, was put over the second one, turned at 90 angles to the one beneath it. It worked perfect and the result was overwhelming!

Afterwards I built two more sets with one and two levels, and my garden really became futuristic. The vertical levels gave a broader perspective of the garden, and wholly changed the landscape. The squares looked like diamonds, when they were turned at an angle. I composted the soil and replanted the potted perennials, which I had uprooted during construction work. The pyramid was located at the center of the garden, and that turned out to be the perfect place. With each tier having been turned at a different angle, different diamond shapes and multi-dimensional structure occurred. I created a number of triangular shapes as well. In winter, all the different shapes would make my garden more interesting. The cedar boards added to the woody atmosphere. After some time, they would acquire silver-gray color that would give some authenticity of the landscape. I put strategically orientated fieldstones, bricks and stepping-stones, so that a more naturalistic look was acquired. This way of landscape gardening not only changed the flatness of my garden by adding vertical dimensions, but it also created beautiful series of interesting patterns.

Of course, that was just an example. If you get involved with landscape gardening, you can find your own ways to make your garden more attractive. The important thing is to use your imagination. Landscape gardening doesn’t require anything more than this. The expenses are negligibly small, and you don’t need to be a professional carpenter to understand what it is all about

Features of Everyday Landscape Gardening

Features of Quality Landscape Gardening

A typical landscape garden has a range of different patterns, styles and textures. Each and every garden that is completed by a professional landscape gardening company is unique and is bespoke to the look and feel of the house and the characteristics the owner of the home wishes to develop. The natural world out there creates many spectacles and there are many features that can be used within a newly designed garden that can add to its effect on the viewer. Each and every innovative design made by a gardener helps to bring character and a consistent running theme to a garden.

Characteristics of many stylish gardens out there include

• Bridges
• Benches and outdoor seating areas.
• Brickwork and outbuildings
• Natural stone paving or sometimes limestone
• Use of lighting.
• Water features and ornaments.
• Fencing and garden edging.

Size is no issue for Gardeners

Whether your garden is small or large, it is practical to implement a new design regardless. Designers have developed over the years to work on landscape gardening projects both residentially and commercially.

Choosing the Best of British Landscaping

Most people love to remain nostalgic to their roots even in modern times. Often gardeners are asked to use older styles to create a garden with a vintage style but with a fresher design sense. They often like to include a variety of different traditional English Garden Features such as:

• Ponds – Ponds have always remained popular and contrary to the British Landscape. When the idea was first developed to build man-made ponds in gardens residentially it excited many people and it still does today. The flow of the water makes a seamless glow, and the lapping sound helps you to relax and unwind whilst you enjoy sitting in your garden.

• Topography and Rolling Lawns – Topographists sometimes double up as gardeners as their skills are intertwined, they can create shapes out of most bushes and greenery and often this allows for a more art Deco style approach to a garden. Whilst rolling lawns create swirling irregular patters that are moulded into the landscape of your garden.

• Groves – Separate large areas of grass by planting lots of trees in a combined area with a small path down the middle. This allows for a shady walk through this section of the garden.

• Sculptures and artwork – Typically found in most upper class gardens, sculptures are mainly used as a centre piece to a garden.

• Hahas and Grottos – A Haha in traditional English was a small ditch or hideout where the rolling landscape of the garden would allow you to simply sit and relax somewhere where you were not observable from the home. Grottos were commonly thought of as romantic hideouts, however they are more like small cave like structures for nature to inhabit and they add to the style of a traditional garden.

I hope you found this article helpful, and I wish you the very best of luck if you are planning to design or build your own landscape gardening plan. Why not implement some of these features into your plans?

What Is Landscaping Gardening?

By definition, landscape gardening, or garden landscaping is the design of public and outdoor environments to meet specific requirements or objectives. These objectives may involve, in the instance of a public park for example, the landscaping of an area to include seating for park users, lighting, and a playground for children. Landscape gardening is also known as landscape architecture, which is perhaps a more descriptive term, since landscape gardeners will typically design, plan, construct, and oversee the development of an area of landscape that they have been contracted to work on. Many additional services are often offered by landscapers due to the nature of the work, which can include construction, carpentry, tree surgery, fencing, and ground working.

The history of landscape gardening unsurprisingly derives from the design, planning and management of large estates, manors, royal palaces and residencies. During the 18th and 19th centuries, demand grew for the design of increasingly lavish and decadent gardens among the royal palaces and noble residencies. It is thanks to these commissions that we can now enjoy such delights as the gardens of the Palace of Versailles in France, designed by the famous André Le Nôtre, and the beautiful gardens of Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, England.

Throughout the 19th century, the need for urban planning grew with the rapid development and growth of many cities. The term ‘landscape architect’ first began to be used by professionals in 1863 when Frederick Law Olmsted adopted the term. Olmsted was in fact responsible for defining many early practises of American landscape architecture in some of his great commissions, which include the famous Central Park in New York City.

Today in the UK, the Landscape Institute (LI) is responsible for promoting and regulating the profession of landscape gardening and landscape architecture. It currently has approximately 6,000 members.