Green as it might be, a garden makes an excellent blank canvas. Whether you enjoy gardening or just enjoy having an outdoor space to relax in, everybody can find a way to have fun in a garden. When it comes to families, however, you will usually find that everyone wants to be able to use the garden in a certain way. Thus we come to ‘family gardens’: a style that demands versatility, with something for everyone to enjoy.
Deciding on a good family garden design can be a difficult task, especially if you have not taken any time to write down ideas. It can be an excellent idea to book a consultation service with a local landscape designer; they should be able to make suggestions and help you make a solid plan to install the features you want. A gardener can also be a great Pro to call on if you need help choosing garden plants, particularly when it comes to turf. Certain grasses will be more hardwearing or require less maintenance, making them more suitable for an active family.
Keep in mind early on that trying to shoehorn too much into your garden will not do anybody any favours. You will likely end up overspending only to be left with an unattractive and claustrophobic space - remember, less is more! Be sure to measure your garden before anything else (it can be a big help to draw a basic plan) and consider the exact dimensions of any new features before making a purchase.
The thing about a growing family is that there are a lot of variables to take into account. Everyone will have their own interests, but you will also need to remember that your kids will be constantly growing and moving onto new things. As such, it can be a good thing to keep things versatile, without committing too much time or money to any single feature. It will also be a big help to actually talk to your kids about how they want to use the garden - they could surprise you with some excellent ideas of their own!