A landscaped garden or courtyard has the potential to transform an ugly duckling of a home into a swan. Getting a garden or courtyard to work aesthetically is not easy. In my opinion most gardens courtyards do not always compliment their house as well as they should.
This topic is particularly dear to my heart. At my previous property in Albert Park, I had a professionally designed courtyard which found its way featuring on the TV show Australias Best Back Yards. It also formed a key focal point within my marketing campaign. So much so I had a loop DVD created to be on display at each open for inspection and on Auction Day.
Most of the time, gardens are simply boring, especially at the back, with a scattering of trees and shrubs hard up against fences and grass in the middle. There is little of the sense of mystery that is essential in making a garden or courtyard for that matter interesting and inviting. Likewise at the front, plants that probably looked terrific at the nursery jostle for space and grow unchecked.
I firmly believe that everyone should know their limitations. If you possess artistic flair and have a green thumb, then by all means redesign a garden yourself. There are plenty of good books around that provide practical and creative advice. Alternatively, look around your neighbourhood and see what works with homes that are similar to yours.
If in doubt seek help from a landscape gardener. However, if you do use a landscape gardener be very careful to see the work they have done previously and to check their photo portfolio and references from previous clients. There is little control of the industry and its easy to spend a lot of money without getting the desired result. Also ensure the design compliments your home.
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