Planning and Creating your Perfect Garden
Whether your garden is in need of a complete transformation or just requires some smartening up for you to enjoy, it can be overwhelming to know where to begin. So we’ve got a few pointers to help you get started to make it less daunting and nudge you that step closer to your vision.
Firstly, what do you want?
When thinking about your garden, ask yourself “What do I want?” Who is going to use it? Do I have children? Or pets? Do I like hosting parties or prefer quiet meals with friends? As you ask and answer questions like this, a picture of your lifestyle will begin to form. Do I enjoy an evening by an open fire? Lounging on a sun-drenched bench? Do I want a patio area? Or would I prefer a lawn? Would I like a vegetable patch?
Don’t restrict yourself with what’s possible, think boundlessly. You’ll be able to filter your ideas later but at the end you’ll have the essence of your dream garden.
Your garden should be personal to you and echo your lifestyle.
Things to keep in mind
It’s valuable to take in account the direction your garden faces, the climate and elements your garden is exposed to. Some plants are more suited to shaded areas, others need regular sunlight to ensure they thrive. Some are strong in structure to withstand wind, others are delicate and will weaken or break in unsheltered areas. Knowing details like this, will help you choose the plants best for your garden and the materials that are more suited.
As a result from studying your garden, you may decide to take full advantage of the sunniest area of the garden and have a seating area. This step will help you to know, what works best where.
Consider your garden size
What works in a larger garden, doesn’t always transfer to smaller spaces. Consequently the approach and style you choose, will greatly depend on the size of the space you have to work with. Look at the size, shape and style of the house the garden will be framing and the surrounding area. It’s important to achieve balance, that’s what helps determine a successful design.
Choose a focal point
By adding a focal point, it will give the garden depth and allows the person viewing it, most importantly yourself, to slowly discover what the garden has to offer. Without, your garden will just be glanced at and quickly forgotten. It could be a water feature, seating area, the lawn or terrace. Why not look at magazines, the internet, or on Pinterest for inspiration of the feature to incorporate in your design.
Sketch out your garden design
Now you’re ready to get sketching your ideas for your garden. By using colour and labelling the materials and the plants you wish to use, it will awaken your design on paper and provide an accurate impression.
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Need help, bringing your design to life?
It can be daunting deciding how much to spend on hard landscaping, building structure, planting and lighting. Therefore, it’s beneficial to employ a professional landscape design company like Art&Soil, to ensure you get the most out of your budget, achieve a high quality finish and accomplish the vision for your garden.