Landscape design requires a lot of planning and forethought. When beginning a concept, it is important to consider what purpose the space being landscaped holds. Even in the case of country parks and public places, the function of those areas, the theme of the landscaping, and its accessibility after work are all critical factors that have to be considered by local landscapers and local authorities.
Considerations for Landscaping Country Parks
Country parks are often more limited depending on how natural the park is meant to be kept. Parks that highlight natural ponds, lakes, and similar features are more likely to be dressed best with native plants in a design that looks less like a human created it and more like it belongs there. Furthermore, water resources might be more limited, so choosing native plants provides the advantage that those plants will likely be more hardly and well-suited to the local environment. Finally, using earthy decorations like arranged stones instead of manmade pieces create a sense of intrinsic beauty to the landscape.
Considerations for Public Places
Public places are often a different story. If these are yards surrounding castles, the key is making the space accessibly by well-kept sidewalks and maintaining elegant gardens that fit the era of the building. If the public place is a city park, pathways are again critical but there is a much broader freedom in the styles of gardens and species of plants used to liven up the space. In other kinds of public places, the gardens might not be enormous swaths of land but rather borders, tiny flowerbeds next to sidewalks, or even trellises or vegetable gardens. These latter types must be designed to use space effectively, with caution that some plants don’t overcrowd or block out sun from the shorter and less voracious kinds.
Styles of Landscaping
When there is freedom to choose a landscaping style and space to fill with that style, the possibilities become endless. Gardens can be themed by plant type, such as straight rose gardens with geometric hedging, or themed by cultural style, such as a Japanese garden, a Mediterranean design, or a Cottage garden. Xeriscaping is a way to design beautiful gardens that don’t require significant watering. Gardens in the UK are often English-styled and full of roses and hedges, but this doesn’t have to be so. Consider the environment, size, and purpose of your garden before choosing the style.