It is no secret that gardens flourish in accordance with the amount of time and effort bestowed upon them. In recent years, a distinct trend has come into existence: the push to turn gardens into extensions of the home, both in terms of function and form. While a host of new gardening trends are emerging in 2017 the desire to have a continuous flow between interior and exterior remains constant with many top landscape designers aiming to make it their niche within the market.

Having a garden that matches your home’s architecture and interior style can be a bit tricky but is completely achievable. In the end it all boils down to looking at the primary design elements within your home and incorporating them into your garden. These elements can include structure, color, texture and materials of choice. Ensuring your garden appear as an extension of your home instead of as a separate entity will significantly enhance the ambience surrounding your property.

Consider the color

Most modern homes are painted in shades of cream, grey or brown making them the ideal companions for greenery. When it comes to matching your home’s interior to the garden though, you will need to add suitable splashes of color.  If your home features an unusual color scheme and it is difficult to find plants in that color, opt for a complimenting shade (yellow compliments blue well etc). If you have an outside seating area you can incorporate fabric used inside the house in scatter cushions for example in order to continue the color scheme or invest in a garden bench to compliment your home’s furniture.

Look at the structure

You can complement the structure of your house by planting suitable plants. If your house is all about sleek, angular lines opt for plants with long straight or angular leaves such as bamboo or dragon trees.  To balance the overall look of your garden plant a few contrasting plants with a softer, rounder appearance.

Play around with different textures

Texture plays a huge role in the ambience of your garden but is often overlooked during the design process. Think about the textures inside your home and decide whether you are going to need soft or more rugged features in order to expand your theme into your new garden. Plants, trees and garden furniture and ornaments can all lend various textures to your garden design.

Keep it local

Wherever possible, try to incorporate plants native to your area in your garden. Not only are local plants more likely to flourish but they can tell a beautiful story about the locale of your home.  Native plants will also do a much better job at attracting local birds, butterflies and even bees than foreign plants will.

How you decide to incorporate elements of your home into your garden is entirely up to you. There are no rules and the only real requirement is that you are happy with the final result. Let your imagination roam free or, if you have any doubts, consult a professional landscaper to help you transform your garden from drab to fab.

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