Ideas for gardens: enrich the environment with shrubs
Thanks to the variety of shapes, colors and sizes they guarantee, the shrubs offer numerous ideas for gardens of different styles. The evergreen species in particular ensure a landscape effect of considerable impact, as well as giving a touch of elegance to any environment. Those who want to create shaded areas can focus on the so-called large shrubs, whose height can reach up to six meters. These are specimens that, by virtue of their size, can be cultivated perfectly as isolates, especially when they can count on very ornamental leaves (this is the case of the famous camellia japonica). Conversely, it is possible to use large-sized shrubs also to create protections (for reasons of privacy or simply to limit the intensity of the winds). By planting species such as the prunus laurocerasus in rows, it is possible to create beautiful and functional plant walls: nothing prevents, however, from cutting the stem near the ground in order to create a compact and dense hedge. Those who prefer smaller sizes can opt, instead, for medium shrubs, no higher than three meters, ideal even for garden not very large. Also in this case it can be decided to use them as isolated specimens, but aesthetically they make better if they are gathered in small groups. They can be useful, moreover, as separating elements, between different properties or simply between different areas of the same environment: by proceeding with an accurate and compact pruning, a very dense wall can be created, able to last over time.
Moreover, there are also dwarf shrubs, between thirty and ninety centimeters high, usually wider than they are long. They are used mainly in mass, to create a kind of area of respect for larger species. The small shrubs, on the other hand, with heights between one hundred and one hundred and eighty centimeters, are chosen to delimit lanes (it is the case of the boxwood) or to separate a lawn from a flowerbed, a rose garden from a path (this is the case of escalation ). In case they are planted on land with a slight gradient, they must be distributed in order of height. These are just some ideas for gardens, which obviously can be declined in a different way also depending on the style you want to attribute to the green space: for example, in a minimalist garden the number of plants will be rather small, so to concentrate the attention of the beholder on the architectural forms; instead, it will increase in English gardens or rock gardens, where plant species will be surrounded by rocks and stones.
New: vertical gardens
A very particular idea, widespread especially in the Nordic countries but which is gradually taking hold even here, concerns the creation of vertical gardens. It is a question of creating real green spaces, extended even many square meters, or inside buildings, on balconies and terraces, or outside, on the facades of buildings. The principle of vertical gardens is simple, namely that not all plants need soil to grow. Furthermore, in addition to representing a stylistic choice of considerable impact, they also offer concrete advantages in the short and long term: in the sense that they allow, for example, to reduce the action of polluting agents in the atmosphere, and at the same time limit noise pollution, acting as a kind of sound-absorbing barrier. The vertical gardens, which can also be reproduced at home, can be exploited, among other things, for advertising purposes (playing on grasses of different colors or simply cut in different ways), creating writings and logos: they will probably encounter widespread growth over the next years, especially in large cities.
Pathways, borders, lighting systems and corners for children
Furthermore, within its own garden, other plant elements must be added to the plant species: for example an entrance path, to be made of cobblestone or gravel, or with bricks (if the facade of the house is brick, a appeal very appreciable from the aesthetic point of view). A night lighting system able to create soft lighting can create a romantic atmosphere, while a gazebo located in the center of the garden (if the dimensions allow it) will give the possibility to spend the summer afternoons in the shade, without suffering excessive heat of the sun at its peak. Given the importance of borders to delimit different areas (with different profiles and lines according to need), in a garden composed of flower beds, hedges, shrubs, fruit trees and flowers, a small corner for children cannot be missing: a mini - Inflatable pool next to a slide will allow them to have fun in the open air in complete tranquility.
Garden Ideas: Evaluate economic availability
All these ideas for gardens, of course, must be subjected to an irrevocable judgment, that is to say that of the economic budget you are willing to use: for this reason it is preferable to proceed to a preventive calculation of the costs and expenses that will have to be incurred, to prevent ideas and projects from looking good on paper and not applicable.