How to create a breathtaking garden

Gardening is one of the most enjoyable activities,  a great way to relieve stress and get a positive state of mind. If you look carefully, you can notice that each and every garden is unique, telling a story about the family living in that house and exuding a particular charm. Sitting in the middle of your awe-inspiring garden, in a beautiful day, surrounded by plants that you have grown with love, enables you to reconnect with the nature and feel a boost of energy like never before. Not to mention that a splendid garden can actually improve the value of your house on the real estate market, in case you decide to sell it. If you always wanted to have your own breathtaking garden, and you didn’t know where to start, what plants to grow and how, this is your chance to turn your dream into a stunning reality.

Gardening and landscaping is a healthy hobby that can keep you occupied , working outside nearly year round, every year, and there is no time to get bored. The results are well worth it, for you and your family members will have the opportunity to spend quality time together and this will make a huge difference in your life. However, starting a garden can be a daunting task, because there is a wide array of things to decide, which require a little planning, but once you got the basics down, you can give free rein to your imagination and create you dream garden that will keep your happy for the years to come.

Choose the ideal garden design idea


First and foremost, you should take a quick tour and get familiar with the variety of garden types and styles, which are equivalent with building types, and obviously, with architectural styles. A great garden is the one that matches the style and architecture of your house, as well as your personality and lifestyle. One of the key questions that you should ask yourself is whether you are willing to create an ornamental space or a social space. There is a significant difference between the frontyard  and the backyard, even though they both are residential spaces, and you need to approach them correctly. Designing your own garden may be overwhelming at first, but if you make a garden wishlist and you create a 5- or a 10-year plan, you will be able to streamline your work and fully enjoy this experience. Additionally, some interesting designs that you should consider are herb gardens, patio gardens, sociable family gardens, as well as suburban, low maintenance, long thin, courtyard, elegant gardens and so on. Your personal taste and lifestyle, the space available, the path of the sun, your availability and of course, your budget, are the key factors that influence your decision. The ideal garden will not just happen, so you need to plan things thoroughly, work out what you want and come up with a plan that you can stick with until you reach your goals.

Buy the right gardening equipment


Prior to start working to your existing garden, or growing your very first garden, you need a series of gardening tools, that can be purchased from brick and mortar shops and online stores alike. Although you need a wide variety of tools, you don’t have to go broke buying them, because there are many specialized stores, especially in the online environment, that sell cheap gardening tools, or welcome clients with promotions and discounts, when they order a larger number of items. The tools and prices may vary from a company to another, so you should shop around and find the best deals. There is nothing more satisfying than creating a breathtaking garden, but it definitely needs a lot of hard work and careful tending and you cannot achieve this without some essential tools: a garden or digging fork, a spade, several types of garden hoes, pruning shears, loppers, a pruning saw, a hori hori knife and of course, a garden cart, or a wheelbarrow. Working to create your own garden is rewarding, but remember that you have to get down and dirty, which means that you also need some gloves and kneeling pads. Depending on the type of your project and your budget, the list of gardening tools also includes rakes, trowels, a cultivator, water nozzles, a flat blade or scoop, a watering can or a garden hose. Finding affordable garden tools is very helpful for both your hobby and your wallet, but at the same time, it is also important to choose the ones that are made by respectable manufacturers, with high quality materials, for they offer a better return on investment. And also keep in mind that not every tool fits every gardener or every gardening project, so you might need to experiment a little before before you finally create the ideal set of tools that serves your interests.

Select the right plants


Planting should be the answer to your specific needs and making the right decisions is a process that relies on many factors, such as the garden’s size, climate, soil type and of course, persona taste and the overall design. Plants are the essence of every outdoor living space and therefore, selecting the right specimens is highly important to your garden’s success. Most inexperienced gardeners select all sorts of plants because they look appealing which is not exactly the best idea. They should consider that fact that plants serve a structural function and at some point, they will grow to become the essential elements that cover the space or divide it, serving to accent and create an impact. If you have a well-defined garden in mind, a clear picture of what you want to achieve, it will be easier to decide upon the structural functions plants can play in creating your dream garden. Of course, you are always free to dream about a Mediterranean garden, or a Japanese garden, however, and  even strive to create one in your backyard, but if the environment doesn’t favor certain types of plants, your efforts are in vain. In this connection, you should use botanical dictionaries or gardening books and take into consideration a series of elements, such as plant dimensions and habit, light, temperature, water needs, soil fertility, salt tolerance and so forth. Furthermore, it’s worth paying attention to your lifestyle and personal preferences and try to find a balance between all these factors in order to establish the final contestants. Selecting the right plants is definitely an overwhelming process  and don’ forget that there is no point to plant something that doesn’t suite your particular requirements.

Taking into consideration the aforementioned, you are on the fast track to create your dream garden. But establishing its design and planting is just half of the battle. Everything requires maintenance and improvement, so you should be willing to involve time and effort to keep it at high standards. As long as this is your passion, you will have lot of fun and many reasons to go outside and create something that makes a powerful statement about you, something that looks great and makes you feel even better.

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