Outdoor landscaping ideas..... Gardening and landscape design gives me immense pleasure, and it is a truly inspiring activity and one of the best ways to keep the value of your home increasing ~ season by season.
I know that the landscaping ideas I will share with you here will give you lots of inspiration to start that landscaping project you have been itching to do for so long.
"The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature.
To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul."
Quote by Alfred Austin
We all have our own landscaping ideas when it comes to what we want, and the key is to take your ideas and realise it into a beautiful outdoor landscape.
We create garden landscapes for different reasons. I have found that a wonderful way of making your outdoor landscaping ideas your own, is by expressing yourself through garden art.
Just as we all love to shop for beautiful art, ornaments or pictures to decorate the interior of our homes, just so can we do the same for our outdoor areas.
It is a way to ensure that the interior does not overshadow the exterior. If you can find a balance between the two, it makes a defining statement that sets your landscape apart.
Ornaments, garden furniture and landscape structures all plays an important role in creating those special and inviting areas. Places where memories are made.
However, choose elements that repeat. Create a garden theme for a specific area, whether this be your:
Whether this be formal or informal, it is important to have all the elements flow together.
For me it is important to relax when I go into this area.
Choose garden furniture that reflect the architecture of your home, and place the furniture on a hard surface - paving or gravel enhances the feeling of you being in an outdoors room, rather than just another landscaped area.
Take care to blend your lifestyle into the overall effect you want to create, and to extend the beauty and comfort from within your home, into your outdoors landscaping and garden.
Combining different looks and by using different design elements, trees and plants, you will create spaces with a comfortable and coherent feel.
Without much further ado, please visit the pages below and take from each of these design ideas something that appeals to your specific taste.
Something that will inspire you to create a beautiful outdoor landscape area.
Front yard Landscaping.....
Make an elegant entrance to your home.
A well designed front yard is inspiring; it shows your style..... When you think about your front yard landscaping, you should think how you will:
A beautiful front yard will also improve the appeal of your home and may even inspire your neighbours to turn their yards into inspiring landscapes which will improve the entire neighbourhoods appeal.
The front yard is the first impression people get of who you are as a person. It is therefore important to use the design and layout of your front garden to blend the outside to the inside of your home so that the visitor has a sense of balance between exterior and interior when he enters.
If you take care and plan and design your front yard well, it will transform your garden into a beautiful and functional outdoor living area that will give you great joy.....
A swimming pool is the social centre of your outside entertainment area, and in today's hectic life, it is so important to create a tranquil environment where you can switch off whenever you want to give mind, body and soul a chance to recharge.
Outdoor landscaping ideas implemented around your swimming pool is almost (yes, I say almost) more important in aesthetic design as the indoors.
Outdoor entertaining around your pool can be a truly luxurious experience for you, your family and friends, so turn this area into an oasis of tranquility, with your pool as the centre piece.
A swimming pool is the ultimate garden and landscape amenity and it adds just another dimension to the experience of the inhabitants of the home. The sound of children laughing and playing......pure bliss!
That is why it is so important to make your pool the focus of the garden landscape. So include water features, rock, plants and special design features with some unique lighting techniques to enhance those blissful calm evenings around the pool.....
In Cape Town, most of the homes close to the ocean lie against a slope of some kind or another, with amazing views towards the sea. Just look at the view from one of these Clifton beach homes!
When contemplating outdoor landscaping ideas for slopes, there are a few things that must be taken into consideration and a few others that should be kept in the back of your mind.
This will just make the complete experience much more enjoyable, as mistakes can be costly and dangerous.
Many people buy their hillside homes for no other reason than the view they get from the property. The home in itself may not have been the initial reason for buying the property, and neither the garden nor the landscape.
And I am sure that if you have a view from your property, it is just as important to you as it is to me.
It provides you with an opportunity to implement spectacular to outdoor landscaping ideas of your own to add too the views from your home.
Rock gardens, water features and colour can be blended into the slope for maximum impact to this outdoor landscaping creation.....
Eco Friendly Landscaping..... use less and make the most of what we have.
Some garden products are among the greatest polluters of our environment.
We as homeowners spend a fortune every year on fertiliser, water and pesticides for our landscapes.
Most of this is unnecessary, a waste of money and polluting our environment.
So how can we change this?
With some proper planning, planting and maintenance, you can implement outdoor landscaping ideas that are eco-friendly with less expense, and less damage to the world around us.....
Every time I imagine a garden in an architectural setting, it turns into a magical place. I think of gardens I have seen, that I believe I have seen, that I long to see, surrounded by simple walls, columns, arcades or the facades of buildings - sheltered places of great intimacy where I want to stay for a long time.
Quote by Peter Zumthor