Tips to Create the Perfect Landscaped Garden – Balancing Aesthetics and Functionality

A perfectly landscaped garden is always a desirable addition to a home. A pretty garden definitely adds to the aesthetics of the home and also increases its overall value. But is ‘pretty’ good enough? Or would you like to have a garden that you could actually use? If our guess is right, you’d want a garden that is useful and looks good too. So here are a few tips you can use to bring that balance between aesthetics and functionality when planning a landscaped garden.

Planting the right tree

© elitravo - Fotolia.comA garden is half as beautiful as it could be without trees in it. But when you want to plant a certain tree, you need to have a clear idea about how big it will grow and whether or not the soil and the weather in your region is suitable to grow that particular plant or tree. If you have a small lawn, don’t plant trees that will grow really big, because you will lose a lot of space. Big trees certainly provide more shade, but do you really need so much shade for the grass? Grass does not thrive without sunlight, so keep that in mind when planting trees.

Gazebos and patios

Gazebos and patios decked with lights and lanterns, and comfortable outdoor furniture are a pretty sight for sure. However, the question here is not about how pretty the gazebo makes your home or garden look. It is – do you really need a gazebo? Are you going to spend as much time outside to justify the expenditure of several thousands of dollars on installing and decorating one? Installing a gazebo or having a patio is a very good idea, but only if it is useful and worth your money.

Your own little farm

Landscaping is not all about beauty. An intelligent landscaper knows that it is his or her job to make the space available for a garden both useful and beautiful. So if you want, you could have a small little garden at home where you can grow a few vegetables and fruits. This is an excellent way to make use of the space, while also making it prettier.

Balancing is the only way

You may have a beautifully landscaped garden that gives your home the English cottage look. But if that garden offers you nothing and demands a lot of effort and time for maintenance, you might want reconsider your decision to have one.