Although the concept is usually linked to interior design, creating a garden mood board is arguably just as important for the key outdoor areas of your home.
While you might have plenty of ideas of what you want your garden to look like, it’s not uncommon to either get overwhelmed with the many concepts and options and don’t know how to organise them or simply lack the inspiration required to craft a new design from scratch. It’s for this reason that many people opt to use a garden mood board.
Regardless of whether you’re starting from scratch or giving an existing space a bit of a facelift, ensuring that the finished product matches your original vision is a must. To avoid wasting time, energy and money, a visual tool like a garden mood board can be revolutionary when it comes to communicating your ideas – but how do you actually make one, and where do you start?
Four Key Things To Include On Your Garden Mood Board
No matter how much you have to play with or what size your outdoor space is, nailing the perfect garden design requires a lot of forethought. Since every backyard is different, there’s not exactly a ‘one size fits all’ blueprint to follow. Just like designing any other room in a residential abode, the perfect garden needs to be functional as well as being tailored to fit your own individual needs or tastes.
Once you’ve calculated how much space you have to work with, how much you would like to spend and the basic functions that you want to include, it’s time to get creative with the aesthetics. When shopping for materials or liaising with a landscape designer, remember that they can’t read your mind and that it’s at this point that a garden mood board will come in handy.
While traditional mood boards often involve collages sourced from magazines, technology has streamlined the process. In fact, many people opt to forgo a physical mood board entirely and instead use digital options such as the likes of Pinterest – a visual discovery engine popular amongst those seeking ideas for recipes, craft and yes, renovating.
One of the big bonuses of using Pinterest to make a garden mood board is that homeowners can create ‘collections’ that separate their design preferences and have individual groups dedicated to plant species, water features and even retaining walls. While putting them all into one collection is also perfectly fine, be sure to cover the following basics.
Select Your Style – When choosing a design style for your new garden, think about what you plan on using it for. Most people either opt for a formal or informal design: the former is all about balance, serenity and symmetry, while the latter is much wilder and often features a larger variety of plants and colours. As a general rule, formal gardens are ideal for smaller spaces.
Consider Your Structure – If your property’s existing interior design and outdoor palettes are modern, clean and contemporary, then a sprawling wild garden is going to look slightly odd. When selecting design elements and materials for your garden mood board, be sure to consider what types of features are already in use on your property.
Add A Focal Point – For many homeowners, the pride and joy of their backyard or garden is a well manicured lawn. For others, additional features like a water fountain, fish pond, fire pit or even plunge pool are also contenders and desirable additions to the outdoor spaces of their home. Either way, be sure to cover these wish list items in your garden mood board.
Calculate Your Colours – Now, comes the fun part. If you’ve opted for a formal garden design, then explore options that will complement its clean look, such as white flowering trees. In contrast, homeowners who prefer a wilder farmhouse garden might like warm colours for their plants like yellow, orange and pink, particularly if the space will receive plenty of sunlight.
Once you’ve put the finishing touches on your garden mood board, it won’t be long until your dream outdoor space comes to life – but how do you plan on maintaining it? For homeowners who share their property with pets or kids, then using chemical based herbicides is considered to be a big no no, but thankfully, there’s now an alternative.
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Bioweed is an organic, non selective weed killer that works fast on contact with the weed, in order to rapidly desiccate and burn even the most stubborn of plants. It can be used anywhere around the house including garden beds, veggie patches, paths and driveways, and is safe to use around children, animals and even native wildlife.
The best part? Bioweed is the brainchild of well established agricultural leaders greenPRO, and is backed by over twenty years of research and development. Owned and manufactured in Australia, the primary ingredient of Bioweed is actually sustainably sourced pine oil, and is even approved by NASAA, ACO and APVMA for use around organic farms and food production.
If you’re on the hunt for a nature friendly weed killer, or simply want to know more about eliminating weeds safely – check out other tips and tricks in our online advice forum, or contact us for any further queries.