Creating a great outdoor space – What to look for in good garden design

Decades ago, the idea of a garden was a patch of lawn surrounded by a simple picket fence. Today, we expect more from our outdoor spaces, especially when it comes to the creative concepts you’ll find across Melbourne.

For example, whether well-groomed or intricately conceptualised, plenty of interesting trends dominate home and business spaces throughout the city. One popular theme is a front yard Australian native garden design, giving a hint of culture with the vibrant blooms that our very own flora is known for.

But no matter what look and trend you aim for, you still need to give your garden design in Melbourne plenty of TLC to keep it all in tip-top shape over time.

So where do you start?

How to keep your garden design in Melbourne tidy

Luckily, there are a few easy steps you can follow to keep your lush space looking prim and proper. Here are the key tips we keep an eye out for in a good garden design:

Healthy – The plants should be well-kept and not overgrown with weeds. They should also be fertilized regularly with compost and water frequently provided once they become established. By choosing low-maintenance garden design plant options, you’ll also be able to keep them looking their best with less effort involved.

Tidy lawns – The grass needs to be kept low and regularly mowed, even if it’s just for your own benefit of not tackling over-grown lawns. (Trust us.)

Well-positioned – It may sound like a no-brainer, but we recommend that you leave the flowerbeds and borders at least three feet apart (a space wide enough for one person to walk happily). This allows for better drainage and minimises the risk of pruning or digging up unwanted plants from underneath when the owner moves out or leaves the property in the future.

Low-maintenance design – Keep your garden simple in nature by using plants requiring little maintenance – such as annuals or Australian native garden design options.

Choose low-maintenance garden design solutions

At Great Spaces, we set out to create concepts that aren’t just great to look at but allow for easy maintenance year-round. We strive to use natural materials (avoid chemicals) and use only top quality Australian native plants, which means the gardens are full of life with nothing taken away from it.

A majority of our clients want their small gardens to be both attractive and functional, whether they’re a public space or residential property in Melbourne. So to fulfil this need, we always choose low-maintenance garden designs that do just that.

Here’s how you can do the same:

Think about the style of the garden:

Are you looking for a sophisticated type of design or a more traditional, low-maintenance native style?

How much space do you need?

This will impact how much space you need to dedicate to functionality vs. plants.

Will your family be using this area?

Some plants or ornamental trees are better suited to areas where there won’t be too much foot traffic.

Is this a permanent space or something that you can alter as needed?

Think about your future plans and what you’ll need from your space later on.

Final note

We offer a range of outdoor landscaping solutions for properties across Melbourne – whether commercial, public, or residential. From the initial planning stage to the final handling of any post-construction needs, we’ll handle the entire process so you can enjoy your new garden design with ease. Get in touch for a consultation now.