Many garden trends just come and go so the "it" colour one year may easily turn into an opposite shade the next. However, some elements give gardens a classic and timeless look such as lush greenery and beautiful flowers.
Whatever colour palette you choose and whatever style you prefer, be it contemporary or classic, when you blend functionality and aesthetics that pleases your eye, you’ll get a garden that is soothing to your senses and never too old to look at.
These are several landscaping ideas that can help you pick out your ageless garden design.
Choose your plants
One of the best ways to have a timeless, low-maintenance garden is to pick plants and grasses native to your region. They all require less upkeep, keep your pruning and watering prices low and manage to thrive on very little care.
However, this doesn't mean you should only stick to such plants. Incorporating potted plant won't require much work either but will make your garden more versatile. They will add more colour to different parts of your garden and since they’re mobile, you’ll be able to change the layout when you feel like it.
Choose miscellaneous plants that bloom at different times of the year so you have colour at all seasons. Try planting perennials like geraniums as they bloom from June to October and don’t skip lavender as it offers a burst of colour, has an amazing relaxing aroma and acts as a bug repellent so it’s great for around the patio area.
Create curved lines
Creating curved lines in your garden instead of keeping all the flower beds, pathways and walkways edging straight will add much more interest to your landscape. Edging and other hardscaping elements are permanent and enhance the beauty of your garden all year long.
Do the pathways to your patio, around the fire pit and through the garden in natural stone or decorative brick and if you can use the same that was used on your house, you’ll tie them aesthetically. If you’re aiming at a timeless look, pick unique cobblestones that come in various types of pavers such as limestone, granite, quartz and basalt and a different texture. With their non-slip surface and durability, they make a perfect choice for curved designs and sloped areas such as paths and driveways.
Pick a classic garden theme
Depending on your taste, there are various garden themes you can pick for your back yard. The traditional New England style combines and contrasts green and white by featuring white roses and dark green plants such as boxwood and cherry laurel. Keep them tightly planted and raised over a wooden fence or a brick wall and with a few hints of pink and violet flowers, you’ll have a charming, cottage-style courtyard.
The white-green combo also works great in a Mediterranean beach garden-style where you can incorporate stone and terra-cotta and combine them with white shrub roses, fuzzy lamb's ears and soft Snow-in-summer that will give a subtle, frosty appearance.
If you’re going for a subtropical retreat in your backyard, paint your garden walls crisp white and contrast it with green foliage and blue-grey succulents. By sticking to green and white again, you’ll emphasise the sleek and clean lines of your garden and avoid a fussy look.
For a contemporary urban-style garden, you might opt for low-maintenance artificial turf, add a few potted flowers in vibrant colours, a couple of larger, square concrete planters with evergreens and white patio furniture. This will make your patio look elegant, modern and timeless.
Incorporate light and water elements
Light and water are two elements that always contribute to the beauty of your landscape and enhance its best features. Even a tiny water feature can blend seamlessly into its surroundings if you make it out of natural stone and keep its design simple.
With so much effort invested in your garden landscaping, it's a shame to let it become invisible at night. This is why you should consider incorporating lights, both for aesthetic and safety reasons. Your garden will look lively and magical at night, but with strategically placed lights along the pathways and steps, you won't risk tripping in the dark and injuring yourself.
By incorporating these creative garden design tips, you’ll have a beautiful and timeless garden that will add value to your home, but also improve the quality of your life.