Home Improvement

At Mr Goddard Landscape Design, we're serious about home improvement and the benefits a well designed garden can provide for year round enjoyment. Here's a list to help you decide what you may wish to include in your garden sanctuary.

Purpose – What would you like the landscape design to incorporate?

Being clear about what the gardens going to be used for is helpful in designing an emphasis for the space. Quite a few of the elements listed below can overlap into one garden. Perhaps consider what you need vs what you want to make it easier to decide.

  • Entertaining family and friends
  • Increasing security
  • Provide privacy
  • Natural winter warming
  • Natural summer cooling
  • Food production
  • Children’s play area
  • Plant and animal biodiversity
  • Improve health
  • Low maintenance
  • Reduce energy costs
  • Minimalist.

Hardscape – What do you want to include in the garden? 

These are just a few things to consider for what you want to incorporate into the garden. What is realistic will be discussed as the process gets more in depth. If you have a budget in mind, bring this up in initially to allow a realistic landscape design to be created to suit your purpose.

  • Deck
  • Pergola
  • Outdoor kitchen
  • Swimming pool
  • Arbor
  • Firepit
  • Rainwater tanks
  • Raised garden beds
  • Screening
  • Rockery
  • Water feature
  • Cubby house
  • Retaining walls
  • Fencing
  • Paving and paths.

Plant decisions to make for the garden. (this can be quite general)

The right plant for the right spot is a philosophy used by horticulturalists to select plants not only by their appearance, but also based on soil quality, soil type, light availability such as full sun, part shade or full shade, water needs, maximum growing size, coastal or frost prone sites, just to name a few.

  • Trees
  • Shrubs
  • Ground covers
  • Climbers
  • Grasses
  • Hedging
  • Fruit and/or vegetables
  • Natives
  • Exotics
  • Evergreen
  • Deciduous
  • Water requirements – low, medium high
  • Bird, bee and butterfly attracting
  • Seasonal flower display
  • Erosion control
  • Plant shape, colour and texture.