19 Aug How to Transform a Garden Into a Paradise
Green is a very tranquil color. It relaxes and refreshes. A garden, no matter how small, can lift up one’s spirit and well-being. Every home needs to have some form of connection with Mother Nature. It does not really matter if the “garden” is a row of small potted plants or a small backyard with a hodgepodge of greeneries. Some urbanites are up in their high-rise units contemplating on roof gardens. Some are fortunate enough to have the means to set up a glass-enclosed sun porch or a trellised terrace or even a conservatory for a garden. Landscaping and basking in its beauty is de-stressing.
Types of Gardens
There are many types of gardens but traditionally, there are three major categories for gardens. The first one is a garden based on the greeneries planted in it. The second one is a garden based on a particular style and the last one is a gardens based on usage. Under the first category are: rose garden; orangery; herb; cacti; vegetable; flower; winter; wildflower and more.
Under the second category (style) are: Chinese; Japanese; French; English; Zen; tropical; Xeriscaping and more. Xeriscaping is a type of garden wherein water is used sparingly. Under the usage category are: butterfly; roof; an indoor or outdoor; hanging; a conservatory or greenhouse; a deck or patio; a rain garden and more.
If you are an avid do-it-yourselfer, you can design your own Landscape by taking the basics into consideration.
Unity – The design of the Landscape should be consistent. If the motif is an English rose garden with wall fountains, stone pools et al, you should never depart from the concept.
Balance – There are two types of balance – symmetrical and asymmetrical. The garden should have contrasting features and harmonious features to make it interesting. Lines and colors should contrast or be in accord for a relaxing garden.
Simplicity – Do not try to “design” a complicated garden. Too much detail on a garden is tiring on the part of a self-confessed DIY-er.
Proportion, repetition, line and the natural transition from the living areas to the garden should be well-thought of, designed and completed.
Tips on Garden Landscaping
It would be a lot easier if one can just hire a professional landscaper for a beautiful garden. However, if the cost of a contracted job seems prohibitive, here are some helpful tips when planning garden landscaping.