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Landscaping Ideas for your Creative Garden Design
Try one of free landscaping ideas, designs, illustrations and pictures to boost your garden design abilities. Or buy one of our professional designs. Following our unique approach will stimulate your imagination. Get that jolting burst of inspiration. Feel the anticipation and excitement of showing off your new garden to your family and friends.

How can you get that elusive inspiration? You know you want your garden to be something special, but your imagination just keeps on draws a blank. It is like writers block to a novelist. Nothing wants to flow you hit a brick wall. Stop worrying, don’t despair! The fun has just began!

Take a few moments to unlock your creative talent. Read our article Inspiration for Garden Landscaping Design, and Future Trends to get your inspiration flowing. Tulip Picture I find just taking a walk in the forest helps to clear my mind. Browse our Picture Galleries to get some ideas.

Just follow these steps to focus your mind on the best garden landscaping idea for your garden.

  • First determine your own landscape design preferences
  • View different landscaping styles
  • Determine what your hard landscaping needs are
  • Shortlist the best alternative landscaping ideas
  • Evaluate the implications of each design
  • Choose your final garden design idea

First determine your own Landscape Design Preferences

This is one of the most fun exercise. Think back on your family’s most enjoyed holiday? What was it that made it so fantastic? Could it be the natural environment, or the beautiful surroundings, the exotic location, or perhaps the peaceful setting? Yes, get the photo album out and look at the pictures. Do you notice the landscape in the background, the trees, the flowers...

Take out some of the best photos and put them in your landscaping ideas box. Who knows, maybe having something similar at home could be just what you need, a change could be even better than a holiday. Or maybe you can just recreate one small part of it in the corner of your garden. But wait. There are more places for wonderful ideas, just look around you. Take a trip to your local nursery. Go on a leisurely walk through the various sections. Which plants grab your attention? What type of flowers are your favourite? Notice the various textures and colors of the foliage. Aren’t plants just beautiful? That rushing water from that water fountain reminds me of ... Take your time and just get to know yourself and your own unique needs.

Take a trip to a botanical garden and don’t forget your camera. Stroll through the garden and look at the focal points look at the beauty. Take a note on the way plants are grouped together. Look at which plants are flourishing and take a note at which plant thrive in your area. Place the best pictures into your landscaping ideas box!

Go to the library, page trough the gardening plant pictures, and gain a better understanding for your preferences by browsing a book or two. Choose books with lots and lots of pictures. Take note of what appeals the most to you.

Walk down to your local news stand and purchase a gardening magazine . Look closely at the gardens in your neighbourhood what do the Jones’s have. Looking costs nothing and you will get a feel of what will work for you.

Look through a few magazines. Take note of the various designs and plants. Don’t forget to cut out the pictures that appeal to you. Place the pictures in your landscaping ideas box.

You will have a pretty good idea of your personal preferences by now. The following step is to see how it will fit in with the various design styles.

Review different landscaping styles

Gardens can be categorized into different landscaping styles. Each one of these styles has its own identifying characteristics. Keeping to these styles will ensure that your completed garden is well structured. Don’t worry, there is still endless scope for your individual creativity to shine through, you will not have to conform so set rules.

Consider the following landscaping styles:

  • Japanese garden design
  • Formal garden design
  • Informal garden design
  • Indigenous garden design
  • Tropical garden design
  • Tuscan garden design
  • Mediterranean garden design
  • Desert landscape design
  • Cottage garden design

Japanese PagodaJapanese Garden Design Style

Japanese gardens combine culture, religion and tradition and blend them with nature. Most Japanese gardens are created with the main purpose of meditation. Symbolism will form the backbone of your successful Japanese garden design. This style is most probably one of the most difficult to get perfect. But boy, if you get it right, is it not just spectacular!

Formal Garden Design

A formal garden style will match any building with straight boundaries. Geometry and proportions are important. Symmetry, perspective and pattern play a key role in any formal garden design. Symmetry means that your garden is mirrored to look the same on both sides. The formal design plan will begin with regularizing the available space. The plan works from the house’s doors and windows outward. This will govern the location of paths and hedges, and determine the division of the space remaining. If you love the classics consider an English formal garden!

Informal Garden Design Style

The informal garden is a very practical, and workable garden. Balance is an important design principle of this style. Using Informal balance relies heavily on soft curving lines. Undulating levels (grand levels and slopes) are also important aspect to consider. Bold curved lines do work well. Too many curves may look too busy and spoil the flow you are trying to create. The curves should lead your eyes gently along through the garden. A few well placed focal points will contribute to the harmony of this landscaping style.

Tuscan Garden Design Style

What causes so many people love a Tuscan landscape design? Could they be drawn to the twisted olives, meadows filled with lovely wild flowers, azure skies and fine covered pergolas dangling with scrumptious grapes? This may be an influence on them, but, the bottom line is… Tuscany will always be charming! Bring your small bit of Italy home in a Tuscan landscaping idea. Lets create a Tuscan mood in your home and garden. Paint your home in natural earthy tones. Dry, earthy shades of ochre, dusky pink and muted gold will blend in with the rustic farmhouse types. Tuscan furniture is normally your café styled.

Cottage Garden Design

A formal garden style the cottage garden. Implies that the garden is balanced on either side of the central line of the garden. A cottage garden will normally contain culinary herbs, flowers, vegetables and fruit. Spark your creativity with a cottage garden design using our landscaping ideas and pictures.

Meditation Garden Design Style

Fragrant plants will contribute to meditation. Garden colors help determine the moods. Plants will affect your physical and mental well-being. Plants have been used successfully in meditation garden designs. So, let’s us help get your meditation garden fixed and give you the opportunity to enjoy a quiet moment.

Rose Garden design Style

Your beautiful rose garden will inspires and lift your soul. Roses are the flower of love. They have helped to build and strengthen relationships through out the ages. Roses have captured the hearts of many. Let us be a part of the magic by helping you create your heaven on earth. Your rose garden sanctuary. Your garden will become the envy of all your neighbours as they view your little bit of heaven.

Style and Theme

When choose a garden design theme and style for your design. A number of factors should influence the suitability of a garden design theme.

A garden design style is a characteristic way to which a garden is designed. Examples of different styles include; Formal garden, Tuscan garden, Cottage garden, etc.

A garden design theme is your gardens topic, for example roses, white and red, water wise, etc. So for each style of garden, you will choose a variety of themes to make it personal.
Hard Landscaping Arch

Determine Your Hard Landscaping Needs

Hard landscaping includes items such as walls, pathways, gazebos, greenhouses, water features and fountains. They are an essential elements of your garden. They do provide items for human comfort and entertainment.

Water features, ponds , fountains and statues are used to create excellent focal points in a landscape. Terraces are not only functional used in soil retention, but could also provide a perfect stage for displaying your favorite plants.

Don’t you sometimes wish you had a special spot to relax and view your beautiful garden? Or maybe a relaxing place to just get away from everything? Here is the answer. A Gazebo! Either in an elevated or sunken position, protected from the suns rays and elements, you will be able to enjoy bliss not to mention human comfort.

A greenhouse will provide shelter for your most prized plants. It is can also be used as a nursery. Pick your perfect greenhouse.

Shortlist the best landscaping ideas

Pull out your landscaping ideas box! Use your newly acquired background on deferent landscape styles to sort out your pictures. Place them into piles that resemble the different design styles. Soon you will see a distinct pattern evolving. If you find pictures that you are not totally sure about leave them to one side. You can review them later to see how you will fit them into your final design.

The largest piles should indicate your preferred landscaping styles. Create a short list of these styles. By now you should a very good idea of what you want. The next step is to see how your landscaping ideas can work for you.

Evaluate the Implications of your landscaping ideas

Analyze your garden site and consider the following factors:

  • Climate conditions, sun, rain, temperatures and wind
  • Vehicle and pedestrian accessibility
  • Building laws and regulations
  • Topography and slope of property
  • Will your garden fit in with the neighbours overhanging trees and plants
  • Does the style chosen suite your houses style
  • Will existing vegetation have to be removed
  • Maintenance of design
  • Lighting needs
  • Allergies including family and friends
  • Pets needs
  • Who will be utilizing your garden
  • Budget availablity
The above list is just an indication of what you will need to consider. More factors and design criteria can be found on our Garden Design page. Your family may also have other peculiar factors.

Evaluate your short listed landscaping plans against the above criteria. Make a short list of pros and cons for each style placed on your shortlist. If may seem like a lot of work! Spent time on all the ground work (sorry for the pun), it will be well spent. By completing all the groundwork, you will save yourself a lot of heartache later!

Choose your final landscaping idea

You are almost there! Take all your hard work and ideas and discuss it with your family or close friends. Now is the time to get their buy-in and support for your landscaping ideas. They might even add a a little spice to your ideas (if they are not already involved all the way).

Together you will be able to choose the style that will enhance your lifestyle and complement your home. Good luck! You will now have selected your final landscaping idea. The next step is to complete the garden design. Just go to our Garden Design page to learn more on how to do the actual garden design!

Japanese GardensJapanese Gardens have always been a source of inner peace and serenity. Discover essential tips on how to create your own Japanese Garden.
Formal Garden DesignA formal garden design creates a feel of perfection. This garden style is ideal for an executive. It creates a balanced feel. Use our expertise to convey your personality into your formal garden design.
Informal Garden DesignThe informal garden design has no set pattern. In days of old the informal gardens were cottage gardens. They grew plants for medicinal, culinary and superstitious reasons.
Tropical Garden DesignEspecially with tropical garden design, it is essential to select a garden theme and then stick to it; otherwise your garden will end up looking like a fruit-salad. A tropical theme could be made up of a number of styles
Desert Cacti Garden DesignHave you ever considered a desert cacti garden? It is very exciting to know that you can have a beautiful garden, even in times of drought. Find out how to design and look after a desert cacti garden.
Vegetable Garden DesignBefore planting a vegetable garden, you need to consider the following where's, what's, how's and do's
Childrens Garden DesignA children's garden is designed to captivate the minds and hearts of children of all ages.
Special Needs Garden DesignMany things need to be taken into careful consideration wit a special needs garden. Not only do we need to consider all the design goals sensitively, but care should be exercised in and given to helping produce a design in such a way as to stimulate all the senses.
Container GardeningContainer garden design is one of the easiest way to link your home and garden. You to can follow this modern trend.

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