Many homeowners have dreams about how they want their yard to look. However, sometimes our dreams don’t quite live up to what we envisioned. Some people are great at visualizing. Whatever they envision becomes reality. For some it is hit or miss, sometimes it looks great, others it’s lacking. For some, what they see never matches they get.
There are a several ways to overcome this. First, you can practice with small projects until you can visualize what you want and have it come out like envisioned.
Second, you can find pictures of what you visualized and then copy them. This can be drawn from books, web sites, places you’ve visited, etc.
Third, you can enlist the help of software. These can be especially helpful when you are doing remodeling or landscaping. Many programs these days show you what the yard will look like when it’s first planted and then progresses it over the years to show the mature yard. This can really help in placement of larger trees and shrubs. Often trees and shrubs are planted too close together, to give a more mature feel. When they mature the plants suffer because they don’t have room for proper growth.
Last, you can enlist the help of a professional landscape designer or architect. You tell them what you want and they then envision it and make it a reality for you.
I would always recommend that you work on the first option, even if you use one of the others in the interim. There is nothing as satisfying as seeing your vision materialize right before your eyes. That is the ultimate in creativity.
I did that when remodeling the interior of our home and now I’m using it on the exterior. It’s working out very well. Sometimes things even come out better than I expected!