January 19, 2023
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Why Great Garden Landscaping is a Great Investment

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Attractive landscaping is one of the best investments you can make for your home, not only enhancing the aesthetic and enjoyment of your property but also creating more value when refinancing or selling. In an increasingly competitive market, captivating curb appeal could make all the difference to your outcome.

Landscaped backyards

Nothing beats a beautifully landscape outdoor space. From lucious flowering plants to groomed lawns. Just ask photographer Kate Shanasy, who completely transformed her overgrown, “jungle-like” garden in Blairgowrie into a native wonderland, complete with an outdoor bathtub and sunken fire pit. In just one week. 

Inspired by a fellow resident’s Peninsula garden, and with a little help from family and friends, Kate designed a sanctuary of colours, textures and materials in harmony with the natural surrounds. The result is spectacular – a truly appealing investment in every sense. 

Does landscaping add value to a house in Australia?

According to landscape economist John Harris, good landscaping can add up to 28% to your home’s overall value. And as plants become lusher with every season, that value actually increases over time. 

Award-winning landscape designer Paal Grant says, “For real estate sales, brand new turf should be considered”, and that premium quality alfresco decks, paving and driveways also significantly increase long-term value. Directly correlating to a home’s broad appeal, research has shown that a captivating garden has the power to influence a buyer’s perception of a property and can also reduce time spent on the market. 

Backyard Design Ideas

When it comes to maximising the appeal of your outdoor space there are numerous backyard landscaping ideas to consider. By incorporating some of these design elements, you can create an outdoor oasis to enjoy. When thinking of ways to add impactful value, consider garden ideas such as:  

  • Statement trees. Planting trees is a great way to provide shade, privacy and also a touch of grandeur to your space. Look for trees that will bloom in your local environment. 
  • Feature lighting. Well-designed outdoor lights can transform your outdoor space. Use them to illuminate paths, highlight garden features and also create a warm ambiance for entertaining.  
  • Clearly defined retreat areas. Create a cosy seating area to relax and unwind, or create a dining area for alfresco entertaining. 
  • Discreet outdoor storage sheds. Storage solutions outdoors will help keep your backyard clutter free. Sheds can act as a great space for tools and gardening equipment. 
  • Privacy hedging. Create a secluded backyard with hedging. This natural boundary is also great for adding texture and visual interest to your space. 

How do I style a small backyard?

Small backyards can still incorporate design elements to help create a cosy and inviting space. While there may be some space limitations, you can still use the above tips to help transform your compact outdoor area into a relaxing retreat. Some tips to consider when designing your small backyard include:

  • Embracing vertical space. Install wall-mounted planters or hanging baskets to bring in the lush greenery without taking up precious ground space. 
  • Create illusions of space. Using mirrors or lighter colour planters, you can give the illusion of more space. 
  • Define zones. Having clearly defined functional zones can help separate areas like dining or sitting in a small space.
  • Keep it minimal. Focus on a few key elements that create a streamlined and sleek look.

When thinking of ways to add impactful value, also consider ideas such as:  

  • statement trees 
  • feature lighting 
  • clearly defined retreat areas  
  • discreet outdoor storage sheds 
  • privacy hedging 

Keep in mind your unique circumstances when curating your outdoor space: 

  • Regard for your local area – how will your space connect with and age in its environment? 
  • What do you value most – creating an entertainer’s haven or a child-safe sports zone? 
  • How will you – and who will – use the space the most? 
  • What is your commitment to upkeep? 

Maintaining your garden

When designing your outdoor space, it’s important to consider the upkeep. Consider your unique circumstances when curating your outdoor space, with things such as: 

  • Regard for your local area – how will your space connect with and age in its environment? 
  • What do you value most – creating an entertainer’s haven or a child-safe sports zone? 
  • How will you – and who will – use the space the most? 
  • What is your commitment to upkeep? 

For Kate Shanasy, her garden not only allows her to embrace the slower pace of coastal life and appreciate the nature surrounding her but will surely boost her property’s value should she decide to sell in the future.  

In saying that, we can’t imagine ever leaving the paradise Kate has created within her Peninsula oasis. 

If you’ve been captivated by Kate’s aesthetic, you could fill your home with a piece of her Blairgowrie locale – view her striking photography here.

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