Landscape Gardeners Are Like Outside Decorators!

When people buy a house they usually concentrate on doing up the inside first. This is because they have to live there obviously and don’t want to be living in anywhere less than perfect. The outside area usually gets left until last and although this is understandable, a great looking outside makes people think that you’ve got a great looking inside too! The same goes the other way round of course.

Although it may seem like an expensive option, using a landscape gardener can actually be a good financial investment. There are a few reasons for this. Firstly, the job a landscaper will do will last for many years. Their knowledge of what works in a garden will save you from having to buy and re buy plants year after year. Most people tend to buy plants and flowers, put them in their garden and watch them die. This is because they don’t have the information they need about soil, sun and the types of flowers that can grow in certain areas. People may see beautiful flowers on holiday but unfortunately we just don’t have the weather to grow such flowers in this country. A landscape gardener will not only be able to get you plants and flowers that will grow well in a chosen spot but that will offer you colour all year round. Over the years this will save you a lot of money and effort.

Using a landscape gardener can also add value to your home. If you are hoping to sell your home in the current climate then the better your house looks, the more likely you are to get the money you need for it. If you consider that a professional decorator will do a far better job than most people, a landscape gardener will do a far better job than most of us could ever hope of doing. It’s quite easy to see when a professional has done a job compared to the average person. Viewers will not fail to be impressed when they see an immaculate, mature, well thought out garden that can be used for a variety of purposes.

A lot of people like to sit in their gardens as well as grow vegetables and flowers. A good landscaper will be able to “zone” areas so that the outdoor space is used to its best advantage. Some people like a minimalist garden, or one that is easy to maintain. A landscape gardener will be able to make your garden look stunning without requiring you to do much maintenance. By using decking, lawn, patios, water features and lighting, even the smallest garden can look fantastic.

Landscape Gardening

Landscape gardening is basically the design style characteristic of the English gardens dating back to eighteenth century, particularly with the work of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. It became popular in the nineteenth century when the classical style emphasizing meandering curves and clumps had become old-fashioned. Garden contractors started using the term ‘landscape gardener’, in the twentieth century.

Landscape gardening is concerned with the following:

o Preparation of plans and drawings and scheduling landscape construction.

o Preparation of specifications and quotations.

o Arranging areas for landscape gardening.

o Analysis of gardening sites and clearing debris for landscape gardening.

o Estimation and ordering of landscaping materials.

o Selecting the plants and materials needed to create landscapes.

o Setting out and installing ‘hardscape’ (e.g. brick and stone walls and paths, timber features) and ‘softscape’ (plantings) structures.

o Constructing and decorating steps and garden walls. Landscape gardening also involves construction of fences, trellises, pergolas, ponds and fountains.

o Construction and installation of equipment like ferneries and barbecues. Some of the interesting things that you may install include play structures and garden furniture.

o Creating various paths, steps and paved areas. They can be constructed using paving materials, gravel and timber.

o Performing ‘formative’ (shaping) pruning.

o Maintaining and repairing gardening equipment.

Landscape gardening provides solutions for maintaining parks, playgrounds, etc.
Personal gardens can also be designed using landscape designing. The designer can work on horticulture, water, outdoor play/education for children, storage, ornamental features, recreation, entertaining, wildlife, lifestyle, security/privacy and a lot of other options while doing landscape gardening. These main categories will help the landscape gardener focus on the detail when he actually gets round to designing his own garden.

Greenhouses can also be built using landscape gardening and they can be included inside the garden together with a cold-frame. Furthermore, the landscape gardener or planner can include ornamental horticulture such as fancy home grown vegetables, herbs, fruit trees, bushes, etc.

Entertaining features are a part of landscape gardening as well. BBQ area, a seating/dining area, space on the lawn for activities are all entertainment options that can be included in personal gardens. These entertainment facilities differ according to the requirement of the business or the individual who owns the garden.

Proper planning must be done to ensure that each and every landscape gardening option has a proper space. Landscape gardening helps the gardener explore endless possibilities. For instance, if there is no room for the fruit trees, then perhaps during landscape gardening, the planner could grow fan-trained specimens along a fence, or as a division between two parts of the garden – trained along horizontal wires or perhaps as a dwarf tree in a large patio pot. The greenhouse can be used to raise bedding plants.

In landscape gardening, the gardener must be aware of the prevalent trends so that he can design the landscape accordingly and the requirement of the actual garden owner can be fulfilled. Landscape garden planning should be made flexible and it should be designed in such a way that it will save a fair degree of space and mess and be picturesque at the same time.

Landscape gardening can best serve the individual who’s designing his own landscape, such as setting up his own personal garden. He can make it romantic when designing his own garden, since he is ‘living’ in the area that he wants to design!

Landscape Gardening in East Sussex

East Sussex is home to a number of fine examples of landscape gardening and innovative landscape architecture. Battling with a slowly encroaching London, Sussex is doing a very good job at maintaining and preserving both historical gardens and landscapes, as well as more allowing modern expressions of landscape architecture to flourish. In this article we briefly explore a few of these in and around the South East of England that are open to the public.

For those with an interest in history as well as landscape gardening, Waltham Abbey Gardens is the perfect choice. Combining the beautiful remains of the last Abbey to be dissolved by Henry VIII – also reputed to be the site of King Harold Godwinson’s grave, killed in the battle of 1066 by William the Conqueror’s army – with beautiful gardens featuring a Dragonfly Sanctuary. The gardens provide the opportunity to enjoy a number of walks around the many laced pools and larger waterbodies – a haven for many species of birds.

If your taste requires landscape gardening on a grander scale, then you might enjoy a trip to Wickham Place Farm. Featuring 14 acres of beautiful wildlife, including mixed woodland, and a famous 250ft long wall covered in Wisteria, the gardens are a delight for those preferring a more rustic, grand approach to landscape architecture. The site also attracts a large number of different species of birds for the nature lover as well.

RHS Garden Hyde Hall is the perfect spot for those wishing to view examples of landscape gardening on a very large scale. With an estate of 360 acres full of wildlife, actively maintained gardens as well as farmland, meadows, and woodland, this location is perfect for those hoping to lose themselves. Hyde Hall is also a good example of the way in which landscapes can be maintained over larger areas, where subtle differences in management create varying effects to the landscape.

For those with a culinary interest, Audely End House & Gardens offers a fine display of landscape gardening, as well as offering visitors a chance to see a well-kept Victorian Kitchen Garden in working order. The estate, dating back to 1790 also boasts a beautiful lake, water-meadows, and a 17ft long vine house.