Garden Landscaping

Giving Your Garden a Makeover

Outside decking lifts a garden and provides a great entertaining spaceThere are so many improvements you can make to a Garden, whether it’s a beautiful summerhouse, landscaping or building a deck to extend your living space outside, all can add value and make great use of this often overlooked space. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Block paving
  • New patio
  • Decking area
  • Landscaping
  • Gazebo
  • Summerhouse
  • Security gates
  • Fencing
  • Fountain
  • Pond
  • Pergola

Before embarking on your garden landscaping makeover, however, here are a few things for you to bear in mind:

You firstly need to set a budget, and plan what you want to spend the money on. Even if you can’t afford to tackle the entire garden at once, you should look at the garden as a whole, and think about how the various areas will eventually tie in.

Plan & Design

Outside patio area and landscaped garden

It is possible to hire a garden designer to help you plan your garden. These will be listed in your local telephone directory, under ‘garden designers’ or ‘landscapers’. However, if you prefer to plan and design the garden yourself, you could make use of the garden design software that is available. The BBC website has a virtual garden facility, enabling you to arrange your garden on screen, and choose the right plants for the right place, before starting work. You can find it at:

When planning your garden, you also need to think about the plot size, and whether you will have enough room to include all of your ideas. Otherwise your garden could end up looking overcrowded.

Your choice of garden design may depend on whether you want it to be high or low maintenance. A low maintenance garden can be achieved by reducing the size of the lawn, planting self-sufficient shrubs and incorporating paved or gravelled areas. This may suit someone with a busy life style. On the other hand, you may find gardening therapeutic, and therefore opt for plants that require a lot of care, but give satisfying results.

Form or Function?

Formal garden or children's playground? Think about what you want your garden to be

The function of the garden is also an important consideration. Do you want a tranquil area where you can sit out; would you like to grow vegetables; or will your garden be designed with children in mind?

If you are planning to install security gates or fencing, and your home is new or recently constructed, then it would be advisable to check for any covenants with the original builders. Sometimes they specify that certain developments should have an open plan aspect, in which case you would have to seek permission if you wanted to erect a fence or gate within a certain period.

Other factors to consider are the weather conditions in your area, the soil type, drainage, and whether your garden is in sun or shade. All of these elements will affect the types of plants that are likely to grow in your garden. You can glean lots of useful information concerning these aspects from books, magazines, websites, and television programmes.