No matter how many gardens landscapers are asked to design and install over the years, there are certain aspects of each garden that are going to remain consistent, no matter what the size the garden is or where it is. These “non-negotiables” are so-named simply because no landscaped garden can be designed unless each of them is given due consideration.
That being said, these are not the only decisions that will have to be debated and then finalised between homeowners and the landscaping business. In truth, there are going to be dozens of individual decisions and choices to be made for each garden. However, for now, we are going to focus only on the seven non-negotiables which you will discover as you carry on reading.
#1 – Available Budget
The starting point for each garden is, understandably, the budget that each client has for their landscaped garden. Obviously, the bigger it is the more scope there is for including features and for more advanced landscaping work to be undertaken. Not that a small budget will deny you the opportunity to have a professionally landscaped garden with some of the most stunning gardens having been created for a fraction of the cost of others.
#2 – Future Maintenance
This is something that should not be thought about in isolation, but instead as you go through each of the above choices you make concerning your garden’s design. If you love gardening then features and plants that require a lot of maintenance might be fine. However, if you want a low-maintenance garden, your choices will differ, although there is always the option of rehiring your landscapers via their maintenance and garden services.
#3 – Size Of Garden
The next is not so much a variable given that the dimensions of the property and garden space therein are finite. As with the budget, the more space you have the more options you will have. However, one of the skills landscapers have is that they can design gardens for a vast array of available spaces, including the space you have available.
#4 – Planned Usage
With this, you will want to have an overriding purpose for your new garden, although no one use should exclude any others. Examples are gardens mainly used as a relaxing sanctuary, designed for fun and activities, including for children, an outdoor area for entertaining guests with lots of seating and a barbecue area, or simply where a gardening hobby can be enjoyed.
#5 – What Will Grow There
Once you know the uses of your landscaped garden, you can now decide upon the various plants that are to be included. This means choosing the type of lawn, which flowers, shrubs, and bushes are going to be planted, the types and size of any trees, and, possibly, which fruits, herbs and vegetables should you plan to have edible plants.
#6 – Permanent Features
The options for these are numerous but the principle here is these are features that are man-made, and once installed, are likely to remain static with one or two exceptions. Examples include fences, walls, seating, fixed barbecues, ponds, pools, fountains, and pagodas.
#7 – Walkways
Although these will be permanent features too, they require additional and careful thought as these are what people will be walking on. As such, not only do you want them to look great, but to also be functional and safe, such as being secure underfoot. Options include decking, natural paving, composite paving, and gravel.