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8 Tips for Landscape Design

July 22, 2019

There is no denying that landscape design can be a tricky task. There are so many aspects of an outdoor area that need to be accounted for when designing a landscape. With so many different styles, it can be difficult to choose! Here are eight tips to help you find success in designing a landscape.

Pick a Style

Consistency is key. Pick a style that is going to be easy to establish over your outdoor area. You should consider the relative expense of the style. Keep in mind that you are going to want something that isn’t going to cost the Earth. If you have a limited budget, you can make use of what you already have. Simple weather-stained wooden dividers and pots can go a long way for those who have the means. A new coat of paint or rearrangement of the space can also go a long way!

Indoor-Outdoor Flow

To increase the liveliness of your outdoor area, ask yourself how well it will flow from the indoors. Imagine your outdoor area as an extension of your home rather than a distinct area. Look to your interior layout for inspiration on how to map your gardens. This makes it feel like a more natural transition.

Mood Lighting

Enhance your area with your lighting situation. Your lights define your outdoor moods. Install an outdoor fireplace to create a warm, ambient mood. Make sure you can control your fires and that you have working fire extinguishers and alarms to ensure safety. For a rustic atmosphere, consider adding a bonfire or a fire pit. These have seen a surge in popularity recently, allowing you to spend more time outside after dark.

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Flora Situation

Picking the right plants can make a large difference. It is important to vary your plant selections based on the seasons. Plant bright, colourful flowers and even fruit-bearing plants for the spring and summertime. Pastel-coloured flowers for winter, such as pansies and heather, add a softness to your garden. These gentle touches do not need a lot of effort and go a long way.

Hedges and shrubs

Flowing on from the flowers, the correct leafage also has a vital role in your landscape. Hedges can succeed as both decoration and dividers, which can split up your property. Scalloped hedges are particularly trendy and, when coupled with stone, can emphasise a very precise, clean look. As always, they are very dependent on the garden they are being used on. Make sure the hedges and shrubs you choose aren’t overpowering the area. Shorter hedges and smaller shrubs are best suited to gardens with limited space. Larger hedges and shrubs are a better fit for gardens with a lot of space- these will help fill out the area.

Water Feature

Adding water as a design element has a relaxing effect on your outdoor space. It can be calming while also refreshing and adds life to an area. It enhances a backdrop and can be used to attract birdlife. This can be beneficial for a personalised and secluded feel to your garden. It can range from a small birdbath to a more elaborate fountain. Decide based on what fits your area!

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Alfresco Dining

You must keep in mind your outdoor dining experience. If you are planning on dining alfresco, there are many things to consider. Your landscape must look the part. Alfresco dining is enhanced by your beautiful backdrop. You want the living area to surround and enhance the dining area as a focal point. This means you should not be too intricate in design. Complex designs are difficult to pull off and can frustrate an area. Keep it simple!


It is surprising how easy it is to get carried away with the design and forget about the functional aspect of your area. Remember to plan around being able to do things. From mowing the lawn to being able to comfortably use the space. If you have children, make sure there is enough space for them to run around and play. There is nothing worse than planning the perfect garden only to find that it can’t work in practice! So, keep in mind the things you will need to do with your garden, and cater for it!

Creative writer Harper lives in the beautiful city of Auckland, New Zealand. When not busy crafting articles for blogs and Kiwi sites such as Plumbing Plus, she enjoys relaxing in nature, whether it’s a quick stroll in the park or tending to her vegetable garden. You can read more of her work on Tumblr.

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