Landscape design is a profession that has gained a large amount of momentum in the past decade due to the increasing desire of clients to be in closer proximity to nature. Our everyday lives are often burdened by schedules, appointments and traffic, so it is nice to return home to a small pocket of space (or large, if you are lucky!) to retreat to after a busy day.
Once upon a time, it was just a patch of grass and a little soil we had, just to grow some flowers and that would sufficient for our backyards. Nowadays, with a little creative license from our landscape professionals and some imagination on our part, we can transform a simple outdoor area into our own personal oasis. Today, we have 8 stunning examples of landscape design options for you to gain the inspiration you need!
This example of landscape design is all about curves and geometry. Different curves have different functions; the path which snakes its way behind the pool helps to guide owners and guests to the different outdoor areas, whereas the curved wall acts as a privacy screen and cleverly divides the house and recreational area from one another.
A true example of your own hidden oasis - a space that oozes a calm serenity. With a stunning pool that resembles a lagoon, you can imagine that every day of your life you are on holiday. With a clear division of spaces, you know where you can sunbathe, dine in the shade or stroll around and enjoy the greenery.
By adding a row of plants, the designer behind this project creates length and extends the eye outwards. Following the already strong focus on the horizontal, the design complements the style of the property perfectly. Given that it is already a modern home in appearance, it is only fitting that the garden would reflect this.
A manicured and polished garden is not necessarily everyone's cup of tea. For those who are short on time, or like to let nature gently and gradually reclaim their place, then this example of landscape design may be the perfect option for you. By looking at this image, you can just imagine the moisture in the air, the freshness and the chirping sounds from the birds that would likely happily nest in this space.
Japanese gardens are renown worldwide for their peaceful ambience and perfect symmetry. The stones are put in place to represent natural and mountainous scenery, whilst traditionally, pebbles and smaller stones were put in place to denote sacred ground. In this case, there is a beautiful line to define between the spaces that you can and cannot walk on. The added benefit of areas built up with stone is that they require far less maintenance than grass, however, require anti-weed spray a few times a month.
If you don't have the space for a fully blown English or French style garden, you can replicate the idea with the same proportions and features. Archways, love seats and pockets of organised flowerbeds make for a wonderfully balanced and harmonious garden. Take a stroll, read a book or simply enjoy a cup of tea or coffee in the company of friends and family—perfect!
In the same colour scheme of the bird of paradise flower, this wonderfully hidden pocket of space is the perfect retreat. A menagerie of plant species, very little effort is required to maintain a garden like this. To finish it off, the mood as been set with some orange lanterns, exotic ornaments and a cosy seat for you to just absorb into the environment.
Your hidden garden of delights doesn't necessarily need to be tucked away at the rear of your house. Why not have it on display for the world to see, and have it as the feature that leads up to your home? This way, when you are coming home from work, school or any other routine activity, you can at least enjoy the walk before you step inside to another world of chores and appointments.