The sense of accomplishment that comes from enjoying an impressive garden you’ve spent a great deal of time and effort on, is truly a spectacular feeling. It seems South African’s are turning to gardening not only for that sense of achievement, but also to soothe the soul, and spruce up their outdoor areas.
The sky is the limit when it comes to gardens, but good news is that you don’t need to spend a fortune or do anything extravagant to give your garden that extra special touch.
And more good news: We’re here to help.
Here are some easy ideas and steps that will get you excited to start.
Time to get out that measuring tape
It may sound obvious, but having a plan is the first step in creating your dream garden. An attractive landscape involves more than choosing the right plants. Gardens need to be functional, too. Think about how you’ll be using your outdoor space by measuring out your property and creating a scaled garden plan. This will give you a good idea of the available space and will allow you to start planning the layout.
Choosing a theme for the garden
The first thing to decide on is your garden’s theme and this should complement the architectural style of your home. A garden is a personal statement of what you like, but your house is the main focal point of a landscape, so it would be unwise to ignore its style. The theme will lay the foundation for your garden design and for the selection of soft and hard landscaping elements and materials.
Putting pencil to paper
Deciding what to do with a blank slate can be intimidating, even for experienced gardeners. For new gardeners, it’s doubly daunting. Just remember you aren’t trying to create a masterpiece but are rather establishing where the various hard and soft landscaping elements will be placed. A scaled plan is also very useful when it comes to calculating the quantities of all the various elements of your garden.
Time to go shopping
As with most things in life, what you put in is generally what you get out, and this holds true for both the hard and soft landscaping elements of a garden. It is important to seek out suppliers that will not only provide you with quality products, but also offer you great advice and guidance. At Creative Stone we have a wide range of flagstones, cobbles, cladding and architectural accessories to make your space a resounding success. Not to mention we have over 22 years of experience in the industry and a passion for creating beautiful spaces.
Getting your hands dirty
Creating a garden is much the same as baking a cake and now that you have the right ingredients they need to be added to the mix in the correct order. As a rule of thumb your hard landscaping elements will need to be installed before the soft landscaping elements.
One of the most important and often overlooked things to remember is soil and root preparation. Good preparation will make sure that you are giving your new green babies the best start and the proper nutrients to flourish in your garden.
Whether you are designing a completely new garden or just upgrading a small area, we hope that these simple steps have made the process less daunting and more exciting. After all gardening is meant to be food for the soul and a stress release for our bodies and minds.
Happy Gardening from Creative Stone