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A well designed garden adds value to your home, and careful planting will ensure you make the most of your investment. A garden, like a room, could and should be an extension of your lifestyle your habits, your hobbies.

Patios usually link the house and garden and will provide you with a place to relax, dine and entertain your family and friends during the summer months. A Patio doesn't have to be limited to constructing on a flat level ground. You can be creative and design your outdoor living spaces on multiple levels. This may mean a terrace which leads to a lower covered patio area. The appearance of your finished patio should be your priority, using materials that will complement the style and age of your house and garden.

Before tackling the hard landscaping, by constructing walls, paths and patios, take some time to consider what you want your garden for. Think about the size of the space available for your patio area, and decide on the best features for the area you are using. You may want a sunny terrace for poolside seating or a covered retreat to escape the midday heat. Ponds and water features are popular amenities for gardens large and small, the pleasant flow of water helps block out background noise and enhance the tranquillity and peacefulness of you outdoor living areas and patios.

A garden pond will enhance your home and garden by attracting a vast array of wildlife, the use of plants around your pond and patio can bring vibrancy and life into your outdoor living area while adding fragrance and colour as well. You can use planting to create a view, or using them to create a private space?

What is ‘Hard landscaping’

The key part of the structure of a garden is the effective use of hard landscaping. The use of original and natural materials can be used for many reasons, such as

  • Create pathways between buildings
  • Enclose space
  • Create a ‘theme’ within a development
  • Define areas
  • Give security to private areas
  • Cater for pedestrian and vehicular movement
  • Assist people with disabilities
  • Visually link a development with its surroundings

 Hard landscaping materials should be selected not only for their appearance but also for their ability to withstand the use to which they are being put to. Textures and colours of materials should be carefully selected to create a desired effect rather than being used at random; for example, garden walls built in the same colour brick as the house can complement the architecture of the house, and give consistency to a area.

Changes of textures and colour can be used to good effect to denote changes of function; for example changing from a smooth surface footpath to a rough surface such as cobbles for areas of pedestrian deterrent paving.

Clay and concrete block paviors come in a wide range of colours which are suitable for both path and driveways, combining with the traditional materials such as stone, timber, granite, cobbles and gravel, will complement the overall  landscape design.   

Soft landscaping:

Soft landscaping is about plants, trees, shrubs lawn and flowers, when the hard landscaping is complete the garden is brought alive by introducing colour and shape. Plants should be used for their characteristics, appearance, texture and durability. And if carefully thought out can provide harmony, texture and colour all year round.