5 steps to landscaping my garden

5 steps to landscaping my garden

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Small haven of peace where it is good to wander and rest, the garden deserves to be thought of as an extension of the house. Plants, furniture, lighting, decorations… We thought of. all. Goal ? Give you in 5 steps all the cards to arrange your outdoor space as it should be. I can not wait for summer !

Our 5 steps

- Make a plan of the garden - Choose the garden furniture - Plant and decorate the garden - Make the shade - Light the garden

1. Make a plan of the garden

Landscaping your garden is like landscaping a room in your house. A living space in its own right, the garden is not invented at random! Just like a professional would, take the time to make a plan of your outdoor space to realize its dimensions, but also to consider the space available for your layouts: terrace, furniture, children's games, vegetable patch, flowers … An overview will help you make the right choices. advice : outdoor kitchens are popular! And if you install one to bring an extra touch of comfort to your garden parties?

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2. Choose the garden furniture

Garden furniture is available today in a multitude of materials and styles. A main decorative element in outdoor spaces, it requires a minimum of maintenance and protection to stay by your side as long as possible. *Bamboo or rattan : light and trendy, bamboo (or rattan) garden furniture is easy to move but fragile: You will need to protect it well so that it does not turn gray. *Plastic : ultra practical, plastic garden furniture has evolved considerably in recent years. There are many models in almost all colors! Remember to regularly clean and protect the plastic. *Wrought iron : great classic of gardens, wrought iron is a must for outdoor furniture. As romantic as it is vintage, it will immediately immerse you in an atmosphere worthy of the most beautiful countryside. *Resin : designed for outdoor use, resin garden furniture generally suffers from bad weather without flinching. A good point for this furniture deemed both comfortable and elegant. Trick : and why not install a hanging chair at the bottom of the garden? This little floating reading corner will be taken by storm for sure!

3. Plant and decorate the garden

You will first need to mark each planting area with borders. These will bring a sleek and minimalist side, particularly welcome in a small garden. Then take care to respect a certain order in the plantations so as not to obstruct the view. Place the low, covering plants in the foreground, then the thicker ones in the background. The tall stems will take their place in the last row. Go for the grasses, conifers and flowering shrubs that enhance the landscape in no time. advice : colorful flower pots and planters are also a clever and inexpensive way to decorate your exterior. Place them at the bottom of the garden to attract the eye and create an impression of space. You can also paint the wall of the fence: guaranteed visual effect!

4. Shade

Indispensable in summer to avoid sunstroke, the shaded terrace can also be a decorative accessory in the garden. Designed as an extension of the house outside, take the time to consider all its development possibilities: *The attached pergola, or mural : it leans on one of the walls of the house to cover a terrace. *The freestanding pergola : it is made up of 4 pillars and is therefore independent. It can be installed on a terrace near the house, or further away, in a corner of the garden. *Good to know : a pergola is an equipment that changes the external appearance of constructions and facades. It may therefore require a prior declaration of work, or a building permit if it is installed on a masonry floor with a footprint greater than 40 square meters.

5. Light up the garden

Design lighting, lanterns, garlands, baseros, LEDs… There are a multitude of options to light your garden. The choice will be tough. First think about the final effect you want to create and think about mixing the lighting styles to give perspective to your garden and a greater impression of space. *Floor lamps, spotlights, spotlights, wall lights : they all provide very good brightness, without losing aesthetics. *Electric or solar lamps and lampposts : they provide light thanks to batteries or solar energy and can thus be placed anywhere in the garden, without worry of electrical connection. *Paper lanterns and garlands : more decorative than bright, this type of lighting creates an intimate or festive atmosphere depending on the situation. *LED lights : flower pots, balls, light furniture ... These energy-efficient lights are also an original and creative way to light your garden. advice : think of harmony with your environment, taking care that the cables and other connection systems are as discreet as possible.