Landscaping your own garden is both amazingly satisfying, and much cheaper than employing someone else to do it for you. With a little know-how and a lot of elbow grease, landscaping can really improve your garden, and will last for years to come.


What do you want?

Prize roses, an elegant area to entertain, a hot tub, and a fire pit may be on the top of your most wanted list and it’s important to keep the dream alive. Make a list of everything you would ideally want in your own perfect back garden. Flick through gardening magazines, set up a board on Pinterest and take your time. Gathering images and clippings should be done over a couple of months at least to avoid any rash decisions you come to regret later on.


What do you need?

You might well find that what you want is no match for what you need. Kids, pets, entertaining, veg growing and a cold northern climate are all big factors in terms of what you can and cannot have going on in your garden. It’s no good designing the perfect planting scheme if your kids are going to be out having fun with a football every time the sun shines – we hate to break it to you, but it just isn’t going to work.


Baby steps

Landscaping needn’t be done all at once. In fact, there is a lot to be said for starting slowly and carefully with a flowerbed or two at first. This way, you can get a feel for your garden, how it works and how plants are going to react once they are bedded in.


Focal Point

Once you’ve had a dabble at your flowerbeds, you might want to expand your horizons by choosing a brilliant and eye-catching focal point for your garden. You could try some of our awesome giant ceramic fruits, like the extra large cherry, or our ceramic strawberries if you want to make a real style statement. Other options include, water features, statues, and entertaining areas with fire pits and so on.


Design

Some people opt to landscape their gardens for different purposes. If you want an easy garden with very little maintenance, landscaping can help you to achieve this. If you want something more complex to keep you on your gardening toes, designing a complex planting scheme and building in lots of different sections of your garden is going to be lots of fun. Others prefer to design their gardens based on a particular colour scheme or even on their favourite plants.

Whatever style of garden you want, it’s easier and cheaper to start landscaping yourself. As long as you don’t mind a bit of back-breaking hard work, there really is nothing to stop you from making the perfect garden to suit your lifestyle. We’ve even heard tell of landscaping parties fuelled by the promise of a good barbecue and a few glasses of your favourite tipple.

 

Of Interest

•  If you like the planters featured in this blog you can buy them here 

•  Have you seen our Gardening Tip Guide on Fencing? It'll help you create that extra special design in your garden.