A beautifully designed garden is the cherry on top of any new home, adding to its charm and elevating its aesthetics. With so many options to choose from and factors to consider, making the right landscaping decisions can feel like a minefield. Luckily, with the help of the right team of professionals, you can have a front and backyard that’s ripped from the pages of a magazine, with beautiful greenery and the functionality to match.
Whether you have a new home builder that offers landscaping services or you want to take the DIY approach, there are countless roads you can go down when you begin designing your garden. With that in mind, we’ve put together these tips for new home landscaping and all the things you should consider before making any final decisions.
Consider how much time, effort and money you want to put into its upkeep
While it can be tempting to get carried away with all the bells and whistles available to you when designing your landscape, it’s important to keep in mind the upkeep that these additions will require. It takes time, money and effort to maintain a garden, so think about how much you’re willing to commit to keeping your garden in prime condition throughout the year.
A low maintenance garden might have synthetic grass, paved areas and decorative screens rather than a large array of greenery and lawn space. Whatever you decide, make sure it’s realistically achievable to maintain either yourself or by employing gardeners to take care of it for you.
Research what plants and trees are suited to your local climate
When it comes to choosing plants and trees for your garden, Australian natives are always the best way to go. Due to our long, dry and hot summers, it can be particularly hard for many non-native plants to survive. Australian plants, however, are made for this, and are naturally more drought tolerant and need less water to survive. This makes it both easier and cheaper to maintain your garden by keeping your water usage down and demanding less TLC.
On the other hand, exotic plants are not only more expensive upfront, but they also cost a lot more to water and care for. This can not only be an irresponsible decision to make, but one that can leave your garden withering and dry throughout the summer.
Think about who will be using your garden now and in the future
Although we all want our gardens to be beautiful, they need to be practical too. If you have kids or plan on having kids in the future, you should try and prioritise having large, open spaces that leave plenty of room for running around, kicking around a soccer ball or even a trampoline. If you have dogs, you’ll need to find sturdy, strong plants that are robust and can take a beating.
If entertaining is a priority, you might want to have a flat, shade-filled area to keep a dining table and chairs, and maybe even a barbeque. These are all things you should take into consideration, and the right decisions are totally dependent on the lifestyle you see yourself living.
Make sure your landscaping choices make sense with the design of your home
If you’re still unsure of what to do when it comes to your landscaping, a good place to start is the design of your home. A good garden is always in sync with the home it belongs to and they should feel like a natural extension of each other.
If your home design is modern, sleek and minimalistic, you can match it with a highly symmetrical and structured landscape with manicured shrubbery and pops of colour sprinkled throughout. If your new home is more of a farmhouse style, you can opt for large plants with nature-inspired colours, picket fences and rustic pathways.
Don’t forget the importance of plant scale and position
Plant position and scale is one of the most important factors of your landscape, and isn’t something that should be rushed. Simple steps such as creating a backdrop to your landscape with fencing, trees or decorative screens will improve your privacy and will help your garden feel complete.
Placing taller plants behind smaller ones will help create aesthetically pleasing layers, and you’ll need to make sure to leave enough space between them for when they grow to their full size. It’s also important to consider how any paving and decking you have will go with your plants and greenery, so make sure that they complement each other and work in harmony.