Gooddesign is never a wasted effort
In life the best results are obtained from tried, tested and perfected systems and processes.
This rings true across all frontiers. Internal designs are confined to a constant environment where temperature fluctuates little, solar radiation is minimal and competition through unwanted living organisms can be controlled easily enough.
But step outdoors and it’s a whole different world.
The great outdoors is where we love to play. We may retreat into the cocoon we call home for eating and sleeping, but essentially we are at the mercy of the elements some of the time.
Your garden is at their mercy all the time. Gardens are supposed to be kept and maintained so they look good.
But without good design they can’t look good even if the most devoted gardeners try to keep them tidy.
As house prices soar be sure to get the most value from your property. Value is defined not just in financial returns but in lifestyle returns as well.
With good design you can achieve high-value returns through your everyday use and when it comes to sell. Good design is functional and aesthetic - in that order.
Good design can minimise time and costs spent on installation, maintenance and loss of production through good placement and flow.
Good design principles apply to everything. Just look at nature - it has designed itself over billions of years - and you could argue you, yes you, are the very peak of its evolution so far.
Don’t get over excited though as human perfection has not been discovered yet.
Gardens need significant consideration in order to be functional and attractive, year round, day and night, for young and old alike, now and in the future.
A garden is not a simple matter of heading to the garden centre picking up a truck load of plants and popping them in the ground as this approach always fails.
A good design will allow as much immediate enjoyment as it will five, 10 or 50 years from now for a whole host of different people.
If you are clever a garden will do all that and more - it could provide delicious vegetables, fruits and nuts that can be used as a significant source of sustenance or income.
Gardens can provide timber for future building projects, big or small, and they can be the place where the best childhood memories are formed. Clever design can accomplish all this and more.
Most designs reflect the natural surroundings - they take choice pieces of nature’s jigsaw puzzle and put them together to complete a ‘6-D living experience’ - sight, sound, touch, smell, taste and memory.
Landscape design is undoubtedly the single best value professional service a home owner or new home buyer can invest in.
You can easily spot homes that have invested in landscape design and there is no surprise that these are always worth more and sell more quickly.
However, more importantly the owners get more time and enjoyment from their property. So, go forth and design.
A garden is not a simple matter of heading to the garden centre picking up a truck load of plants and popping them in the ground. It takes thought and design to get a good result.