One of the gifts of being a homeowner is the ability to design your home however you wish. Whether going for a classic look or a contemporary feel, there is an endless array of possibilities for home design. Homeowners however can sometimes forget that the ability to create timeless, classic or otherworldly looks extends not just to your home but to your garden design as well! Gardens can become entryways to mysterious, intriguing destinations or too bright, loud explosions of color, based solely on the garden design theme that you choose!
We thought we would highlight some of the most common garden designs we have seen. As longtime landscape designers with a variety of clients across a spectrum of budgets, we at GreenPro have done it all. Maybe some of the designs we’ve created can inspire you!
This garden design evokes a classic, small-town romantic European look and feel. A simple pebbled path can give you so much to view! A straight path runs from your garden gate to the front door, allowing you to pass through the landscape while protecting your herbs and shrubs from unwanted foot traffic. You can see your lawn on both sides, as well as the tall hedges that frame the edges of your property.
Additionally, English cottages are often dimpled with vines and rose bushes throughout the property, creating a classic, pastoral look and feel. Climbing roses can be especially decorative for your property when left wild; some of our clients have let them extend over their doors or gates. Overall, this is the perfect garden design for a rustic, classic, English-style home or cottage.
For homeowners with children, a garden can be a great place for young ones to run and play. Why not make your garden design a destination that allows them to practice tactile learning and hands-on fun? From rambling paths to a sandbox area to a rock-climbing wall, your garden can be designed as a place of exploration and joy. Other fun elements to incorporate into a garden design include tunnels, trickling brooks for boats, trees for swings, birdhouses, and butterfly- and bunny-friendly plants. Your children can spend hours setting aside those tablets and screens and getting lost in the world of their imagination right outside your back door, and you can take joy hearing their laughter as they make memories that will last a lifetime.
Sometimes gardens are spaces for renewed energy and spiritual health or strength. There’s a reason why many hospitals implement healing gardens into their design. Why not craft a garden design where visitors, family, and even you can go to find some healing? A labyrinth path, for example, has been referred to as a meditation tool, allowing you to wander a real and metaphorical path to inner wholeness, and thus providing a holistic approach to mental and physical needs. Plants and vegetation that can further create this healing space include comfrey, marigold, ginger, and other medicinal and edible plants that can serve as a soothing balm to many of life’s ailments. You can then easily augment this peaceful, restful landscape design with an outdoor lighting design that is similarly soft and gentle – no harsh light here, just low light for maximum effect.
Japanese culture is built on the notion of bringing peace into architecture and landscape design; as a result, Japanese gardens have long held a fascination for Westerners, who often find it challenging to find tranquility in a fast-paced world. Have you considered emulating Japanese concepts in your home garden design? Koi ponds and bridges over water installations can provide a soothing sense of relaxation as you fill your garden with the sounds of flowing water, while Japanese maples and cherry blossoms hang low, providing shade and protection from the outside world.
Overall, these are just a handful of garden designs that we have seen and loved over the years. What design inspires you? Whatever your inspiration or design, let GreenPro partner with you to bring your creative garden designs to light and life! Call us!