Would you like to have a beautiful garden, a garden you can admire every day of your life? This is what Artistic Landscapes can offer you!
Deciding to entrust your garden landscaping to a landscaping professional creates great expectations. There are so many questions in order to succeed in your garden project: type of garden desired, which plants, what equipment, …
In summer, Americans love to not just renovate their homes, but also their gardens and yards. 2/3 of people invest a large part of their summer budget in the maintenance of their outdoor space with an exploding demand for landscaping contractors. Terrace, small installations or a large garden, a successful project has to be well thought.
Landscaping: what type of garden to choose
The garden or terrace should look like the personality of the owners. All the questions we ask the owners must allow them to define their project in order to adapt perfectly to their tastes and their expectations.
Whether in a town or in the countryside, desires may differ. Some people, especially in metropolitan areas, may dream of a country-style garden, a garden with the air of the countryside in the city. It will be rather unstructured, with a lot of flowers. A natural garden with many plants such as lavender, olive trees, cypresses and which plays as much on the colors as on the smells.
In another style, the contemporary garden includes very graphic plants, for example grasses and uses a reduced plant palette, with only 5 or 6 plants. It largely uses the mineral decoration, with black and gray decorative pebbles and even spheres, that is to say marble balls, placed on white pebbles, to create a beautiful contrast. Finally, you may also want a more classic garden that will be very structured thanks to hedges and beds.
Country atmosphere, heather earth plants, pink hydrangeas and flashy rhododendrons or azaleas, a landscaper can plant different varieties of plants to obtain variegated blooms throughout the year. The trick? A beautiful Virginia creeper as well as a climbing hydrangea that covers a wall of bricks.
Plants adapted to the terrain
There is what you want to do … but also what you can do depending on the ground or the exposure of your outdoor space. Soil analysis is essential. Depending on the region you are in, on limestone or clay soil, you will not plant the same plants.
If the soil is chalky, some plants like Heather Earth will not be comfortable. The latter (hydrangeas, camellias, rhododendrons or azaleas …) will rather thrive in acidic soil. Likewise, some Mediterranean plants that do not like waterlogged soils are not recommended in clay soils. Climate and exposure also play an important role in the choice of plants. In the South, the plant range is obviously not the same even if oleander and olive trees are still possible even in the North. Finally, if the plot is full sun or more in the shade, the choice of plants will also vary.
To dress up a small space near the swimming pool, a landscaper can choose to add a touch of the exotic and play with the different volumes. We can thus distinguish between small and large plants as well as different sizes and thicknesses of pebbles. The addition of blue crushed glass which harmonizes perfectly with the color of the swimming pool is a plus.
Think about your way of living your garden
The garden or patio has become the fifth room in the house and the way you live will influence the landscaping. Should there be a patio or rest areas, do you want a superb ceremonial lawn? A table for lunch with family or friends? A barbecue area?
It is also important to know if the family has children, especially young ones. If this is the case, we will of course avoid poisonous plants if ingested such as oleander or low stinging plants such as cacti or yucca rostrata.
In urban areas, the question of owners who intend to preserve their intimate space also often arises. Many people call on landscapers to create their cocoon. Various solutions are then possible, starting with hedges but rather than traditional cedar hedges which require a lot of maintenance, we prefer to recommend country hedges.
Composed of several species, there is always one that is flowered for an aesthetic hedge, that we do not need to prune and which promotes biodiversity.
A problem with too close neighbours? On a terrace, the solution can go through a wooden fence. In the foreground, a beautiful climbing clematis has been chosen which will gradually vegetate the space.