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Planning Your Landscape Design

Last Updated Oct 23, 2013 · Written by Jaclyn Fitzgerald

There is nothing back than entertaining or kicking back and relaxing in a beautiful outdoors area but to get the garden of dreams, you’ll need to plan your landscape design carefully. That’s why we’ve put together these hints and tips to help you. Here’s what you need to know.

Design a Landscape that is Practical and Beautiful

The key to any good landscape design is making sure that you include both practicality and beauty. There is no point in having the prettiest garden in the world if you can’t get out there to enjoy it after all!  Nor is there any point in having an awesome barbecue area if you have nowhere to sit and eat comfortably, alone or with friends and family!  When you are planning your landscape design, it is a good idea to write out what your must haves are, what your would likes are, and what your live withouts can be. For example, you must have a large patio area with a barbecue, you would like a spacious lawn, but you can live without a water feature.  Prioritising your wants and needs will help you in your decision making.

Keep Within Your Budget

In the planning stages of your landscape design, the one thing that you should keep in mind at all times is your budget.  You need to sit down with your landscape architect or landscape designer and tell them what your proposed budget is from the outset.  Knowing this at the start will give the designer a good idea of what materials can or can’t be included, and what the scope of the project is likely to be. For example, there is no point in having solid sandstone pillars in your design if you can only afford hardwoods!

Search for Inspiration

When you are planning your landscape design, you should try and get as much inspiration s possible.  Watch TV programs that focus on landscape design or look through home and design magazines for some fantastic ideas.  Even if you don’t use exactly what you see, the images can be a springboard that allows you to express what it is that you really want.

Trust Your Designer

Landscape design can be an overwhelming process, especially if you are new to it, so you should try to resist the urge to take complete control and instead trust your designer.  Your designer will have been listening closely to your desires and what you need your landscape to do, and their vast experience and knowledge of different styles and materials can often mean that they will come up with something that you never thought of before. Don’t dismiss these out of hand as you may find that the designer creates something that you absolutely adore!

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