Western Australia is known for its abundance of plants that are native to choose and resource from which is recognized across the globe for being easy-to-grow, visually appealing and unique.
However, the demand for these native plants happens to be low, with many home owners under the impression that these plants appear cluttered together or are just too unique. As gardens have become smaller, the native plants that are compact, small, shade tolerant and neat are usually a cost-effective choice over the long term.
If this is the first time you are taking on your own landscape design, you might feel overwhelmed when it comes to all the choices you will need to make. Keep in mind that the best landscape designs involve more than just becoming visually pleasing.
In fact, it involves more substance and function over looks. This is because if your landscape fails to function correctly for your lifestyle and does not interact well with your daily routines, then the space becomes useless or under-utilised. Before you begin planning the landscape, think about what you plan to use the backyard for, who will use the space, and what part of the landscape would you prefer to spend more time in.
Here are a few tips to help you get started:
– Choose A Focal Point
The right focal point will attract your immediate attention and when done correctly, it will direct your vision and make you feel engaged or surprised, moving the eye over the entire experience of the garden. In general, a statue or specimen tree can serve as your focal point, but there are many other possibilities. You need to choose something which slightly differs from your landscape when it comes to colour, texture and form.
– Keep Curves Under Control
The addition of curves adds interest to a garden but avoid over doing it. The longer and more subtle curves work well and make sure you limit the geometrics so only one dominates.
– Add In Movement
The landscapes without movement can be compared to a life-less painting. A painting works fine for your walls, but when it comes to your garden and outdoor spaces, it needs movement in order to add interest and life. This is easy to achieve by adding flowers that will attract butterflies and birds, bird feeders, and even grass to attract insects.
– Start Off Small
One of the important parts of creating a successful landscape involves slowly developing your plan as well as enjoying the overall process. For example, you may want to begin with one or more flowerbeds and then branch out from there.
– Make A List Of Your Wants And Needs
Are you interested in growing a vegetable garden? Or maybe your children need an area where they can play? Would you like a patio or deck where you can entertain your family and friends? Decide what is most important to you so that you put all your efforts into something you really want for your landscape design project.