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How do you define what can be called as best gardens? Is it the area? The choice of floral or how just how lavishly you have decorated your plants and trees? None of it. A garden to be regarded as the best is one that can make people comfortable and happy in equal measures. There is no denying that large sprawling gardens look beautiful, but when one looks at it, walks through it should feel beautiful as well. Apparently, gardens that give away a relaxing vibe and seem easy to maintain are generally those which people choose to like. Apart from the choice of flowers and trees grown, the pathway that is simple in structure and quite easy to find your way, plants that are being put for a specific function like regulating temperature. In essence, comfort, utility as well as beautification matter the most when it comes to designing a garden. Here are 8 essential tips to consider.
A Wide Berth
While looking to design your garden, start by building wide pathways. There is no denying the fact that no one likes to squeeze themselves into walking through narrow passages, and the same principle applies when you think of taking a stroll across a garden. The main thoroughfare should be built in such a way that it can easily allow two well-built individuals to pass without touching each other (say 5-6 feet should suffice). For any secondary pathways, you might as well choose to constrict spaces to allow just one at a time as people (around 3 feet should do the job right). Note, the taller the paintings are, the wider you will need to flank your pathways. Avoid taller boundaries as well as it gives a more restricted vibe to the whole area. You might choose to decorate your pathways by hanging installations or handmade decorations with dried flowers.
The essence of designing your garden lay in making space for plants to grow. In any case, one is planning to give shape to a dense and much fuller landscape; you should plant trees with the sole intent to relocate some of the growth once the plants grow mature. Alternately, you can also resort to quick-growing plants or ones that are short filled to bulk up the plantings. Choose from fillers like verbenas, delphiniums, butterfly bushes as well as golden tree mallows. If you refer to include dried flowers, springs and curls can also be a good option to add. Some of them can be sowed on your own like verbenas, for instance, and some might need professional help.
Watching Your Step
Any steps that head outwards should be constructed in a way that they ascent gently. A flight of steps that has a rise of no less than six inches or less is deemed as comforting. Also, ensure the depth for each step along with the height should be no less than 25-26 inches, i.e., any step with a rise of say 6 inches should have a run of no less than 14 inches. In any case, your garden stairways have more than ten steps; invest in creating landings right after every 4th or 6th step to ease down the downward walking. The landing itself should be deep to match the width of the stairs. Never miss constructing a landing if there’s a sudden change of direction.
Gardens that are meant for outdoor entertainment should have decks and patios and enough room to accommodate people altogether, standing or sitting. If you are one who hosts parties and get-togethers on a regular note, then you should be planning to leave at least an area of four square feet per individual. If you are considering dining in your garden area, keep room to bring in some furniture as well. To facilitate easy accommodation, leave no less than a three-foot-wide open space so that people can pass by and around the place where the furniture is being kept.
Keep Your Heads Up
Always choose to leave ample room right under structures like pergolas, archways, or arbors. A minimum of 7 feet is necessary and another 18-20 inches at least if you are well are of the plant that might grow right over the existing structure. Now, in theory, the measurements might sound a little too high, but in actuality, any outdoor structures tend to appear smaller compared to what they would have looked indoors. Additionally, keeping the measurements on the higher side allows you to stay safe from incidents like walking right into a climbing tree, a wisteria, or a rose, for instance. Also, the post for pergolas, as well as arches, should be set in a manner so that there are a few inches right outside pathways that run through to account for ample room.
Any paving in your garden should make way for secure footing. Be sure to refrain from slick surfaces wobbling towards a disaster waiting to happen at any moment. If you live in an area where it rains heavily, any smooth tiles or granite might pose a risk as it won’t account for much traction. In such a case, consider gravel ways unshifted, which can offer a firm hold and offer a secure footing. No matter what kind of paving material you use, you should consider to keep it slightly sloped to prevent water from getting stored in place.
Always Keep Your Distance Right
Always choose to keep plants of length 30-36 inches at a distance of 2-3 feet at the back of the walkway. Patio edges can also be taken into consideration to keep the taller plants to avoid a crowded or cramped look. When doing so, consider keeping the thorny options like Roses in a place where there isn’t much walk-bye.
Don’t Ignore the Turf
Maintenance of a sprawling lawn can be both costs as well as labor-intensive. Given the fact that no other surface in comparison can be as comfortable, there’s no denying that turf has its place while designing a garden. Plus, not to forget that no other kind of plantation can withstand a high amount of footfall. So, never choose to skimp away grass areas when constructing your garden pathways as the area would add to the beauty and decor of the place and serve as an additional space to walk over.
So, what are you waiting for? Take a cue from the steps mentioned above and get going with designing your dream garden in 2020.