DESIGNING GARDENS & LANDSCAPES
FREE INSIDER TIPS & TRICKS FOR DESIGNING GARDENS
At DIY Designs we love to share our knowledge to help people who are designing their own gardens or thinking about getting started on a garden makeover or landscaping project. Our blogs are a wonderful resource for getting free garden design help and landscaping ideas to make the most of your outdoor spaces.
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TIP: Use the functional Items in your landscape, such as garden walls, retaining, fences and privacy screens, paving and decks to add wow factor to your garden.
Designing Gardens - Decks and Decking Inspiration
New Zealanders just love their decks, and with good reason. When designing gardens and landscapes with uneven or sloping ground, decks are perfect for creating flat, usable landscape areas. Keep the natural wood look or, if you want a deck with a difference, consider a dark stain or whitewash instead.
Tip: Rather than cut down that lovely tree or palm to build your deck, consider building around it and making it a feature of your outdoor living space. Decks look spectacular broken up with areas of planting.
Designing Gardens - Fence Inspiration
Fences are important features when designing gardens that need to make a statement at the entrance to your property or provide a backdrop to your planting. They can also provide much needed, instant privacy and security.
Tip: All that fencing can add up, so if you plan to cover it with foliage anyway, go basic on the structure and spend your dollars on fantastic feature fences in areas that will be seen. For a cost-effective fence makeover get brave and add a splash of colour. Picket fences and slat screens look spectacular painted in vibrant shades.
Designing Gardens - Paving and Patio Inspiration
Areas of hardscape can make your NZ garden space both beautiful and functional. When designing gardens and landscapes, paved areas offer a fantastic design opportunity to impart life and personality into your outdoor living space. Consider breaking up large expanses of patio and paving with a blend of permeable and impermeable surface materials, chosen to complement each other textually and colourwise.
Tip: Keep plants lower than pavers or you might create annoying debris traps or trip hazards. To prevent movement and weed growth, lay pavers on a concrete slab rather than on grade.
Designing Gardens - Retaining Wall Inspiration
Retaining is one of the necessary evils of landscaping. It can really transform a garden and create flat, usable garden spaces and lawns. As retaining can also eat up a big part of the budget, when designing gardens it makes sense to use this functional item to create clever design features that will enhance your garden space.
Tip: Walls at seating height with wide caps create casual seating opportunities within the garden. If you have a small garden budget consider re-contouring with battered, grassy slopes instead
Designing Gardens - Productive Garden Inspiration
Productive gardens take many forms. Their design is usually driven by the available sunny space in your garden, and by the type of edibles you want to grow. When designing gardens, if landscaping space is tight a large pot on your deck or patio crammed full of herbs, seasonable vegetables and even some flowering colour makes a lovely petite potager.
Tip: Think vertical supports to maximise growing space. Use raised pots or planters and for easy weeding don't make the vegetable beds too wide. Around one metre is good.