Arranging and decorating your garden, whatever its size, is as important and pleasant as embellishing your home. But what are the rules to follow? Between lighting, the development of a terrace area, relaxation or especially reserved for children, discover how to make your garden a unique space.
Eight steps to landscaping and decorating your garden
Before even thinking about landscaping and decorating your garden , the first step is to carry out a major cleaning . Get rid of everything that clutters it and no longer serves you: old flower pots, worm-eaten chairs, damaged gardening tools , etc.
Do lawn mowing, hedge and shrub trimming . After having made them, you can finally see more clearly to consider your future development.
Create different spaces according to the size of your garden, the nature of the soil, use different materials like brass bars or copper sheets, and your desires : terrace and/or relaxation area, children’s area, water point, etc.
Arrange and decorate your garden with a terrace
You can completely build your terrace yourself with wood or composite boards or slabs, which are relatively easy to install, depending on your budget and the constraints of each species .
But even if you do not have a hard terrace , it is always possible to arrange a terrace area with suitable garden furniture . To make it a living space that is both pleasant and functional, opt for garden furniture adapted to the number of people you wish to receive.
There is no point in cluttering up the space with an oversized table and too many chairs if you will only receive a few. And if the surface is limited, the trick is to opt for stackable or foldable garden furniture . Finally, choose a material adapted to your region, again taking into account its maintenance constraints .
Provide a relaxation area: between hammock and deck chair
Fancy a little lazing around in the garden? The possibilities are numerous between sun loungers , hammocks or hanging chairs, in the shade of trees , a large canvas stretched between two masts or an arbor .
Optimize the space by opting for a storage chest bench or by transforming a low wall into a bench by adding a simple cushion . A few decorative objects add a zen, romantic or modern touch: chimes, statues, lanterns, mirrors, birdhouses , etc. Without doing too much, at the risk of cluttering.
If space permits, remember to also reserve a corner of the garden for children : a small sandbox , a table and chairs to their size, a hut , a tipi, etc. There are many solutions to make them happy!
The storage area: think of the garden shed
A well-landscaped garden is also a tidy garden , without tools and gardening accessories lying around everywhere. For their transport, opt for a garden trolley , practical and useful at the same time.
Depending on what you want to store in it, you can opt for a garden chest, practical for hiding cushions or small children’s toys . Or a garden cabinet, higher and which, depending on its dimensions, can for example house a lawnmower or even bicycles.
Be careful though, if your garden shed has a surface area of more than 5 m² on the ground, you will have to request a prior declaration of work . If it reaches 20 m², a building permit is required .
The water points are particularly decorative and soothing . It can be a simple wall fountain , a waterfall or even a water basin .
Carefully choose the location of each one, particularly in the case of a pond, so that it is neither too sunny nor too shady , and plan for good water circulation using a pond pump and of a filter.
Another possibility: the swimming pool , from the smallest inflatable pool for children to semi-buried or buried swimming pools . Here too, it is advisable to consult the regulations in force, which impose to meet different legal obligations according to its location and its dimensions.
Separating or enclosing spaces
From the borders, intended to delimit a flower bed or the vegetable patch, to the decorative and/or occulting fence, passing through vegetable hedges , choose according to the space you have . In a small garden , the less the fences are visible, the more the space is visually enlarged.
Lighting: a decorative touch for more comfort and safety
In the garden, outdoor lighting is both an element of comfort and safety, but also of decoration . Between the direct lighting of the terrace with floor lamps , wall lights or recessed spotlights , the marking of the paths with softer lighting , that of the relaxation area with decorative lights such as garlands or that of the flower beds and trees with diffuse lighting , the possibilities are almost limitless.