Designing for Large Gardens
It is many people’s dream to own a large garden. These gardens can indeed enhance a property and provide a very pleasant environment to while away the hours outdoors, either leisurely lounging on a sun-terrace or slumbering in a shady retreat. Alternatively you may prefer actively gardening your extensive plot, getting your hands dirty keeping everything looking lovely. Whatever sounds most appealing, the important thing with large gardens is not to let the dream turn into a nightmare
The right planning at an early stage is essential to avoid making costly mistakes. Large gardens invariably mean larger quantities, whether stone for the terrace, gravel for the paths, plants for the borders, or indeed time for maintenance. The production of an overall plan of the garden can seem like an initial stage (and cost) that can be side-stepped, but ultimately this plan will pay for itself many times over.
It allows for all areas to be designed as a unified composition. Low maintenance ideas can be incorporated as required. Designs can then be accurately costed and if the overall total is too much for current finances, then work can always be phased over the short to longer term.
Creating Contrasting Areas
When designing larger gardens another consideration is contrasting scales of different areas. Whilst it may be tempting to present the entire plot to the viewer in one go, it is often much better to shield areas from the eye and to create enticing glimpses through to encourage exploration. Areas nearer to the house should take cues from the architecture, and often proportions found in the façade can be repeated in the geometry of the garden. Care should be taken to align elements logically with views from windows & doors.