LANDSCAPING FEATURES AND ENHANCEMENTS
Landscaping features are the 'icing on the cake' of your main structural layout. They soften the hard look, add interest to gardens and highlight areas of particular themes and uses. They can create contemplative, relaxed atmospheres and make people feel welcome to 'hang out' in the garden. You can choose between highly ornamental and formal (picture ancient Grecian temples or Balinese resorts), through contemporary minimalist with sleek lines and materials, to rustic reflections of the natural environment. Or invent something new. Combining landscaping features and enhancements is an art and therefore you'll love the look and feel of your outdoors. For example when you position lighting, fire, rocks and plants near water to ensure they are reflected, you create a timeless atmosphere and universal sense of beauty.
ROCK, STONE & WOOD LANDSCAPING FEATURES
- Artistic letterbox mounts and surroundings
- Boulders and rock groupings placed to enrich the feel of an area of paving, gravel or turf
- Statues and sculptures - perfect companions to garden beds, fountains, patios and entrances
- Railway sleepers or logs make great landscaping features - for example a vertical or horizontal grouping strategically placed
- Use around water features, garden beds
- Incorporate potted plants
Green grass is a universally soothing visual environment. It is also a good option for areas you want to be an open expanse, but not hard paving. Regular mowing, feeding and watering (with an automatic irrigation system) will keep your turf looking lush and beautiful. You can also use turf strips as borders to paths and driveways. Furthermore, you can embed it with big pavers like slate, sandstone or railway sleepers for an uplifting stepping stone feel. See also our Turfing site for more details.
GARDEN SEATS & BENCHES
Add the friendly touch that silently invites people to stay longer and relax: garden seats or benches. You can choose ornate, classical, contemporary, rustic or bushland styles. Also, seating can be portable or fixed in place as part of another structure, like a wall. Additionally, seats can come in many materials:
- Granite, marble and other polished stone
- Natural rocks with flat tops
- Metal frame with metal lacework and timber seat
- Timber or natural logs
- Fountains - often in the form of a statue and perhaps surrounded by paving or garden beds
- Stone or marble rotating ball fountains - very relaxing to watch and listen to
- waterfalls - a natural fall of water over the rocks on your stream
- water walls - water flowing down an ornate wall
- streams - small streams, lined with plants, enhanced and crossed by a bridge
- bird baths - bring the songsters back to your city garden
Imagine playing on a hard-wearing, no watering or mowing, outdoor carpet that has the same beneficial psychological effects as living grass? If you love the rich green look of healthy lawn, but don't have the time, equipment, money or patience for its upkeep this could be for you. Do you live in an arid area where water costs can be prohibitive? Or perhaps you don't fancy using toxic pesticides to control weeds over a significant area? In these cases you might find your solution with artificial grass.
Lighting is essential for paths, steps and driveways to ensure safety. However it is also an aesthetic and mood-enhancing feature of your landscaping. Perhaps you can picture a fountain lit up at night, or statuary in a Zen garden. You'll also want nice lighting in your entertainment areas so the party can go on beneath the moon and stars. Furthermore, lighting around pools is a must, and also allows the pool to be enjoyed on hot nights. And even a special garden can be tastefully lit at night to bring a patch of colour and interest. For more details about the materials that can be used for these features please go to our Materials page If it's not on the list, just ask us!