With Spring Round the Corner, Ask a Professional Landscape Architect about Improving your Family’s Outdoor Living Space

With spring on its way, many of us will soon be turning our thoughts to firing up the barbecue and entertaining on the patio, or to getting our hands dirty turning the winter plants into a riot of colour. And the children will probably be looking forward to playing out of doors. But could your garden be doing its job better?

What Kind of Garden Do You Want?

It’s vital to know what you want from your garden, otherwise any improvement is going to be too random. It has to be compatible with what you have, of course. It’s no good making grandiose plans if you only have a tiny space, though you can still make the most of that space.

It can be difficult to see what you have as what you could have, and that’s where consulting a professional can be invaluable. Liz Lake, landscape architects in Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex UK, can help you make the most of your garden.

Create a Layout

Your garden layout will be determined partly by how much space you have, though even a small garden can look good, if you follow the Independent’s advice and avoid clutter. If you have a bit more room, divide the space into different areas for different purposes — a paved or decking patio for relaxing or entertaining, flowerbeds to provide colour and scent and attract butterflies and other wildlife, lawns for children to play on.

As the Guardian suggests, don’t be afraid to paint walls and fences to enhance the effect. Try to make your garden furniture coordinate, whether you go for matching or contrasting colours.

Flower Displays

You may just want a few flower beds. In that case, a mixture of hardy perennials and conifers can be both colourful and easy to maintain.

If you’re going for something more ambitious, the Telegraph has suggestions for using plants as architecture. This most obviously applies to trees and hedges, but shrubs and ferns can also be used.


If you have young children, one of your garden’s uses will be a playground for them. The key is to think like a child — include features that can fire their imaginations and perform multiple roles in their games. Trees and water features are perfect, though of course it’s important to make sure water features are safe for children to play around.

There’s a lot to balance, even if you’re sure what you want, and advice from a professional landscape architect can help you realise your dreams.

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