Is there a place in the world you like or would like to travel to for a relaxing holiday? How about you give yourself easy access to a slice of that paradise right on your property by transforming your garden into your favourite destination?
If you want a destination-themed landscape design that is luxurious and perfect for entertaining, the following are great ideas for you to apply or use as inspiration.
If you love the beauty and mystique of Bali, you can achieve the same atmosphere for your garden by incorporating elements such as tropical plants (flowers like bougainvillea and hibiscus, short palm trees, rainforests ferns, and lots of bamboo), large clay jars, teakwood decks, and statues of Buddha. You could also put in a pond with live koi, stepping stones, Balinese lanterns, and Balinese handicrafts like intricate wood carvings and weavings. To further infuse the feel of a travel vacation, set up a hammock and low day beds on the deck. All of these together will feel both lush and serene.
If you want a romantic Italian escape, put in a touch of Tuscany in your backyard. You can do this by installing courtyards with lots of creeping vines trailing down from windows or trellises. You’ll be going with a soft colour palette, so the best materials to use are sandstone and limestone. Build a pergola with wisteria or even grapevines if you can manage it. If there’s room, put in a pond with waterlilies. If you don’t have a lot of space, a fountain or even a birdbath will also work. Plant pines, oaks, figs, and cypress trees. If space is an issue, potted lemon trees will also do. Topiary shrubs, urns bursting with blooming geraniums, and a gathering of potted herbs are great elements to add. Set up seating so you can relax in an intimate setting while sipping some Chianti.
If you want to infuse a flavour of LA into your garden, then you’ll be going for contemporary desert style elements such as SoCal (Southern California) plants like succulents, palms, cacti and tropical flowers. Your materials would be very modern, mainly concrete and glass. Everything would be streamlined into perfect squares. There would be a pool as well as open grass areas. You could use boulders as accents. It would really be quite minimalist, but you can put in bright bursts of blue and yellow in the furnishings, which could include awnings, daybeds, chaise longues, etc.
Spain is actually a very diverse country, but when we think of a Spanish garden, we tend to imagine those of the Andalusian region and the southern islands where holidaymakers tend to flock. If you want such a garden, put in tiered fountains, Moorish elements, Cantera sculptures, Saltillo tiles, terracotta pots, wrought iron, and mosaics. There would ideally also be arched entryways, reflecting pools, geometric courtyards, and symmetrical plant beds. Plants would typically include trimmed hedges, cacti and succulents, bougainvillea, hibiscus, yucca, kalanchoe, and lavender.
If you want to simulate a New England beach town in your backyard, you’ll want a romantic cottage-style tangle of plants in a traditional grey, blue, and white floral palette, white-washed wood outdoor furniture, linens and outdoor fabrics in nautical colours, as well as provisions for al fresco dining. Your choice of plants would be hydrangeas, ornamental grass, and tailored shrubs. Consider tucking in a vegetable garden as well, which is the done thing among the locals of the Hamptons.