Amazing Residential Landscape Design Ideas

Amazing Residential Landscape Design Ideas

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Flick through any glossy landscape magazine and it’s pretty easy to let your imagination run wild. This is unfortunately often far beyond what your budget will allow. It is, however, possible to have the garden of your dreams without breaking the bank. We all have the ability to do a little residential landscaping of our own if we follow a few simple rules. Below are some residential landscaping design ideas that you can apply to your own garden.

Make Use of Available Materials

The secret to residential landscaping design on a budget is to re-use many of the materials which are already lying around in the back yard. Also, if you focus on a select few leading elements and utilise some inexpensive techniques, you can create that “wow” effect without dinting your bank balance.

Decide on the Shape

Landscaping is all about just a few key things. First of all, you need to decide upon how you will shape your garden using solid structures and patterns. You will be able to utilise even some of the most mundane and weary elements in your garden with just a little hard work and imagination.

Consider Fencing

Fencing is far more than a back-drop or a way to separate your garden from your neighbours. It can provide a fabulous feature too. A well maintained, exceptionally designed and treated fence can help to elevate an ordinary looking landscape into something truly delightful. Perhaps a horizontal fence will make more of an impression than sticking to the traditional vertical style. This makes a good back-drop for a garden benched with a few planters around the patio or attached to the fencing itself.

Add Some Features or Inanimate Objects

A well placed fountain, stones or arch as well as a water feature can also help to provide focus for your garden. Once you have decided upon the general shape and inanimate focus, it is time to really bring your garden to life with well chosen plants.

Choose and Position the Right Plants

One thing which new gardeners often fail to remember is that plants grow. Okay, it may sound obvious but it is important not only to choose and place plants in the position where they look good now, it’s also important to think about how much their growth will change the whole aesthetics of your creation.

There are many ways in which plants can alter the appearance of your garden. You need to think about the following:

  • Height – Some plants grow taller and make a terrific backdrop for other smaller flowers and plants
  • Spread – Some plants spread like wild-fire, so they only need to be planted sparingly. Others grow outwards to provide a bush-like appearance and are terrific for filling in unsightly holes
  • Colours – Choose your plants according to the colours of the foliage and not only the colours of any flowers they may have
  • Borders – Some plants are just perfect for borders and help to soften the edges of even harsh, straight lines. Choose varieties like Alyssum. This annual plant is available in a variety of colours (lavender, pink, cream or white) and can give a continuous bloom right through the growing season if you maintain to cut them back every now and then.

Think About Borders

When you design a border, you also need to think about creating an entire spectacle rather than simply planting a few of your favourite flowers.

How about some vivid green ivy growing up a smartly varnished fence behind smaller shrubs with beautiful purple or reddish foliage and a selection of bright green ferns in the foreground? The effect is truly remarkable and will provide a good feature all year round.

Make it Easy to Maintain

It’s also a great idea to have some plants which provide good ground cover. A beautiful carpet of plants can not only create a good visual effect but also prevent weeds from growing and spoiling your handiwork. One of the secrets to successful landscape gardening is to make the whole creation as user friendly and easy to maintain as possible.

Determine the Colours

When you think about the colours of the flowers, you may find that choosing one or two dominant colours provides the best effect. Remember, however that whereas some flowers create a splendid and attractive display for just a few short days or weeks, your garden is there year round. Make sure to plan your landscaping design so that your garden looks beautiful year round.

Don’t Forget the Herbs & Ornamental Grasses

Don’t forget that many herbs make delightful and fragrant addition to a garden as well as having a fresh supply close to the kitchen. Thyme is drought tolerant, aromatic and also incredibly attractive when used as a ground cover. It also thrives in full sun.

Ornamental grasses are a staple of the professional landscapers but often overlooked by newcomers to landscape design. If you look at many of the Landscape Construction Macedon Ranges have created you’ll see that ornamental grasses can be incredibly beautiful, relatively fast growing and incredibly hardy.

Residential landscaping really is a lot of fun. Plan out your space on paper, look at what you already have to work with and enjoy yourself. That’s what gardening is all about after all.

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  • Paula and Jon Whitty
    We knew that we would need a landscape designer with imagination, creativity and the ability to listen to our requirements. When you came to our house you took time listening to what we wanted and the scale of the project. This was important to us, because we were on a budget and timeline. You then offered wonderful suggestions within the scope and offered details. You have transformed our featureless front garden into a beautiful space where the plantings and lovely stone features enhance the natural contours of the yard and existing trees. Our front yard is now more welcoming and complements the look of the house. You gave us a yard that is easy to maintain and and is beautiful in every season. We are extreemly happy with the quality of the workmanship, and your professional nature, and highly recommend you to all our friends. We couldn’t be happier. Thank you!
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  • Gina and Marc Di Paolo
    In November 2012 we commissioned Teedo Beggs to landscape our property in Mount Macedon. The distinguishing qualities that determined our decision to go with Teedo (over other companies we had approached) were his knowledge of indigenous/native horticulture, his understanding of and familiarity with the gardens of Mount Macedon, and his ability to help us to articulate and visualize our own garden on what was a modern architectural structure on a sloping building site. The ‘landscape challenges’ Teedo took on were significant, beginning with a sharply sloping block, significant ‘drainage’ issues, and the presence of large forest eucalyptus trees that we wished to keep. Teedo was able to masterfully incorporate our desire to create a garden that would complement or enhance the sharp angular features of the architecture, protect existing vegetation, include and incorporate native/indigenous plantings, build dry rock retention walls, and provide us with a beautiful outdoor living space that we desperately needed. Teedo’s approach to his work impressed us from the outset because of his uncompromising high standards and attention to detail. Whilst the end results in mid-March may have reflected Teedo’s detailed landscape designs to a T, they far surpassed our own expectations and dreams. Our house on a slippery red slope of Mount Macedon had been transformed into a home with a truly beautiful and functional garden. We are exceedingly proud of what Teedo was able to realize and we highly recommend his work- without reservation.
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    Teedo Beggs responds to each garden space as an artist, the plants are his media and the landscape is his canvas. He introduces sculptural elements through natural and constructed materials. The result is an ever-changing work of art. How do we know this? Our family was fortunate enough to be able to commission Teedo to transform our country garden into a magical place. Using existing plant forms, such as established trees he creatively introduced new excitement into the landscape. The keyhole design of the formal front lawn added a theatrical element to the entry of the property. Visitors were drawn into a green, scented walkway off the sweeping drive through rendered pillars with the promise of more beyond. This opened out into the drama of the larger garden where the eye was greeted by a sensual vista full of wonderful perfumes, colour and graduating forms that complimented the enormous Golden Elm. A wrought iron handmade bench seat embedded in a hidden position ensured a comfortable view. Visitors were then coaxed downwards to the unfolding garden scenes around the house. Beautiful features were integrated into the many gardens created on the property. A graduated fishpond with its babbling waterways was set in a ‘Fairy Garden’. A tennis wall on the court beyond was superbly engineered and constructed to appear as a ‘crumbling ruin’ from another era. A post and rail fence of cypress enclosed a kitchen garden that featured generous raised beds of vegetables, accompanied by fruit trees and red brick pathways. This was a joy to work in and allowed us to feed our family. Teedo Beggs was not only artistic in his vision and execution of his ideas, but he was very professional, sensitive to our needs as a client and respectful in the way he conducted himself and his team throughout the project. We would highly recommend him
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    We have engaged Mr Beggs (Teedo) now for three different landscaping jobs at our residence in Woodend. All jobs have involved both design and construction. In respect of design, Teedo impressed us with his ability to listen and understand our requirements. This lead to a number of design ideas of which we were very pleased. In all cases we then engaged Teedo in the construction. We found his work to be both competitively priced and was completed on time as agreed, despite some minor modifications, at our initiation. The work was finished to a high standard and we have had no reservation in recommending him to our friends and colleagues.
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  • Bruce Cameron
    Being determined to make a garden from an overgrown bush block on the steep slopes of Mt. Macedon had/has it’s challenges. Luckily there is a community here of skilled garden loving and knowledgeable peoples. Most of them think that they are gifted and a few of them actually are. Teedo has an abundant and creative mind that can spit out real and never thought of options and can even more importantly manage these ideas and concepts through to a smooth and real outcome. His forte’ is structural garden design and then the project management/implementation of that design. He has an accurate and unusually quick eye for land/earth contours, levels and drainage. These lines evolve into structure, light and shade, harmony and reflections. Working with him has been a straightforward and professional affair. I have never given him a cheque without feeling pride, happiness and goodwill.
    Bruce Cameron

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