Cheltenham Garden Design – Creating A Great Family Garden
There is a real skill to designing a great family garden as it has to look great but be practical too, after all your garden has to cater for not just your kids but for you and your family and friends. This means a combination of surfaces is required to deal with the multitude of activities that your garden will be subjected to.
Decking is a fantastic materials that is practical and can provide a great place for children to play when its dry it does tend to get slippery when it rains! You can create a fantastic transition between your lawn and decking with low planting providing a soft edge between grass and wood
If you have an areas of your garden that is ugly or overlooked then it might be best to screen it off. You can achieve this with tall planting. For the best results you want to choose plants that are evergreen and the won’t outgrow the space. Bamboos and Cordylines are a great plant to think about for this purpose.
Add some order
Gardens can get very busy so by incorporating some well defined shapes you can bring some order and help the overall look feel a bit tidier. The example below shows edged borders and square slabs set into gravel.
If you are a fan of the sunshine you might want to think about creating a dedicated space for catching some rays! If your not a fan of lounging around on the lawn then you may want to think about a hard surface where you can put a comfy chair or a sun lounger. Think about positioning and try to achieve a balance of both sun and shade for maximum enjoyment.
A family garden can be time consuming but with some clever design you can keep your maintenance time down to a minimum. Adding edging to your borders will save you the continual trimming with shears. Incorporating a weed resistant membrane to your borders will keep your borders weed free. Topping the membrane with Mulch will keep everything looking tidy as well as help keep your plants protected from both the sun and the cold.
When thinking about planting for your family garden think low maintenance! Perennials that are suited to your gardens soil type are a must. Ensure that you choose the right plants for the right positions in your garden, their a re plants that love the sun, other love the shade.
Paths & Walkways
Think about your garden traffic. There is nothing worse than well worn path to the garden shed or the route to the play area being trodden down to just mud. The easiest solution to this is to think about adding pathways to your design. These could be anything from paving slabs or edged and gravelled areas
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