While the overall design of the garden is a relatively static affair, at least in terms of the hard landscape, the furnishing of that space will be far more mobile. Here there is room to include both passing fashion and lasting favorites: the choice of a pot; the siting of a statue, a piece of sculpture or an ornament; the colorway of awnings, deckchair fabric and curtains in a summerhouse. Some may stay with you for a lifetime, while others will come and go as the mood takes you.
Having said all that, the garden is often a far more demanding master than the house, and your choices will invariably have to be tempered by practicality.
Winter landscaping may seem odd but there is a way to landscape your property to reduce fuel costs. And with the cost of fuel today you need every trick you can find.
You can reduce your fuel costs up to 40% if you plant windbreaks on north, east and west of your home when you live in a windy climate. On a very cold and still day, you are losing less heat than on a windy and equally cold day. And as your windbreaks mature your benefits will increase. Using trees and shrubs with low crowns make the best windbreaks. If you plant an evergreen in combination with a wall or natural berm it will “lift” the wind above the house. However don’t plant evergreens on the south side so that you can get warmth into your home from the sun.
It is not possible to make all the changes that you wish at one time because of constraints of time and money but taking up creative masonry work one at a time can change the appearance of the house slowly but surely. There are many types of concrete work that can be given to contractors. Changes can be made to driveways, patios, pool decks, and walkways or brand new ones built. The masonry contractor can offer different finishes that he is adept at and make the creative masonry blend with the other masonry work.
There are also several pre-set concrete tiles and natural stone that is set in concrete called natural exposed aggregate that can be used for paving or walkways. A combination of available material, textures and finishes along with the inputs from your dreams and the skill of the masonry contractor can give your home or your business place a totally new look and a smile to your lips.