In order to get a better idea of future garden design, you should first put your ideas on paper. This will give you clarity about suitable shapes and proportions and determine which variant is the best to realise. All you need is a sketch roll, pencils, ruler and photos or prints of the garden corner to be redesigned. Place the transparent paper over the photo and draw loosely. A sketchy presentation is enough. You will quickly see whether your idea is really suitable and whether a concrete design can be developed from it. Click here for more details and ideas for your garden.
Embankment in terrace style
At the moment the slope garden is overgrown with gaps, appears unstructured and is monotonous in the planting. Just a few lines, shapes and colours will give you an idea of what the embankment might look like in the future. Heavily inclined surfaces are often difficult to design because heavy rain can easily cause landslides. A good solution: The terrain is terraced and graded with gabions.
The wire baskets filled with stone are practical, durable and visually successful. As contents stones in all color variants are possible. Between the gabions, narrow strips of plant in which perennials and grasses are planted in dense rows loosen up the design. Info: For gabions as supporting elements in terrain jumps over one metre in height, a general building approval is required (information can be obtained from the local building authority). The reason for this is that permanent structures require regular inspection for stability.
Inviting and appealing front garden design
The dreary looking front garden gets a completely new effect from the planting of small shrubs, grasses and perennials on a gravelled surface. The diagonally running path to the pavement is a clever shortcut from the parking space to the front door.
A friendly atmosphere is expected from a front garden. It is a representative area, because here the visitor gets a first impression of the property. For a harmonious feeling of space, it is important to bring structure into the front garden. This can happen only by the choice of the correct wood. Especially in front of dark facades, specimens with striking foliage, striking bark or coloured autumn colours are ideal.
The fan-shaped maple (Acer palmatum), for example, is a small, picturesque tree with a high design value. In addition, a diagonal path through its flowing transition from the footpath to the gravel bed creates more tension in the narrow front garden. Loose structures in the plants and grasses (heron feather grass, sedge) go well with small shrubs (bogus berry, bogus hazel) and large-leaved shrubs (funkie and lady’s mantle).
A garden with a sense of naturalness
There is no room structure on the empty lawn yet. With the new layout, the garden immediately gains depth and the view from the terrace becomes more attractive.
The design of the house garden is based on personal wishes. You have to find out for yourself and decide what the garden should offer. In order to compile a suitable, harmonious concept, a playing with geometrical forms is essential. By trying it out on transparent paper, the spatial effect of the drawing is immediately recognisable.
The trees – arranged in front, middle and background – form a spatial unity despite the distance and make the garden appear larger. The curved lawn and planting areas are flowing and dynamic. In addition, the soft lines are accentuated by lawn stones and a low, semi-circular dry stone wall at the end of the garden.
The widening and narrowing of the lawn creates new areas that are easily recognisable from the terrace. Dense hedges at the property boundary avoid unwanted views from the outside and turn the garden into a self-contained space.
Staircase advantageously embedded
The area next to the staircase is ideal for a spacious seating area. The planting on both sides of the staircase conceals the unattractive wall and ensures a friendly reception.
The bed at the staircase is no longer beautiful to look at – something has to happen here! Instead of thinking about a new planting, the area could be given a new use. How about a seat! For this you could level the areas on both sides of the stairs and design them in such a way that the stairs are framed by two narrow plant beds.