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Interesting landscaping features to make your garden more attractive

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Gardens can be plain and stark if they don't have landscaping to lend them depth and richness. The last thing you want is to have a dull-looking garden that you don't wish to spend any time in. Thankfully, you can fix that. Here are a few interesting landscaping ideas to consider.

Waterscaping

Waterscaping is becoming more popular in the UK, with gardens transformed by installing enlarged ponds or planned areas that combine landscaping with water features. By using rocky outcroppings and water-friendly plants, a basic pond can fit into its surroundings. The fish in the pond only add to the feeling of a living, breathing garden.

There have been various books written about the concept of waterscapes. An excellent hardcover to check out is Waterscapes by Chris van Uffelen, which has some delightful examples of how gardens and outdoor grounds can be given a unique look.

Landscapers adept at working with water features can install ponds, mini waterfalls and fountains to create a sculptured, natural appearance as if these elements were always present. If you enjoy the sound of running water, and find it relaxing, then waterscaping is for you.

Garden bridges

A garden bridge is the ideal addition to a garden that already has a pond or a stream running through it. Garden bridges can be custom-designed to suit their surroundings - perhaps a more decorative wooden bridge to add some visual interest to the landscaping, or a clean-looking bridge with clear lines for a more contemporary look.

When getting a bridge made, be sure to use a joinery expert with true craftsmanship skills. Wood selection is also important to get just the right appearance to fit into the overall aesthetic in the garden.

Getting a deck

Getting a deck fitted creates a completely different look compared to a standard patio. For one thing, it raises the occupants above the level of the rest of the garden, which makes it enjoyable to sit out and survey your surroundings. A wooden deck also starts to create the feel of an outdoor room, inviting you to take pleasure in relaxing outdoors as often as possible. Also, if you have a cat or dog in the home, they'll love the new addition too, with plenty of space to create a cosy corner for lounging or playing.

Maintaining a deck isn't that difficult. It only needs cleaning up with a broom every now and again to remove debris, plus preparing before winter and resealing in springtime.

Year-round plants make all the difference

Maybe the garden already had plants when you bought your home and you've never thought to change them? If they're the type that bloom in spring or summertime but then quickly lose their charm, then you might wish to upgrade. Having at least some plants that bloom and look good all year round is a good option for keeping the garden looking alive and fresh through all seasons.

So, take a fresh look at your garden to see what changes can be made to give it a new lease of life. It takes some creativity and inventiveness to come up with improvements that will encourage you to spend more time outdoors - but you can always get some professional help if your planned changes are too much for one person to handle.

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