Planning your garden design

If you are creating a brand new garden in your home, you are adding a natural sanctuary that can increase the resell value of your home while enhancing your lifestyle and has even been proven to enhance general wellbeing. Spending time in the garden is good for the soul, and with these garden design tips, you will have developed green fingers in no time.

Garden Design

Planning is everything

According to Marie Iannotti, an About Gardening Guide, when planning your garden design, there are several important considerations that one needs to keep in mind. These are soil, climate, personal taste, time and budget.

Like with anything home improvement related, planning is everything. You need to think about the maintenance it will require, as well as the overall effect you want it to have. Furthermore, you need to take into consideration the types of flora you want to plant, which areas get the most sunlight, and whether or not the area gets radiant heat (which can hinder plant growth as well as affect nearby wildlife).

Start small

The English Gardener, Andrew Duff, advises beginners not to do the entire garden at once. He says that “most people who are just starting out or have moved into a new garden feel pressured to do the whole garden at one time. I persuade most of my clients to stage the design and build.

This is great for beginners and I would suggest they concentrate on getting the area around the house finished first. Not only will this give you an area that you can enjoy relatively quickly but it also means you can budget for the entire garden.” The great thing about starting small and working your way up is that it becomes an on-going process of improvement that will hurt the wallet a lot less, while giving you a productive project to oversee and engage with.

Garden Planning

Style and size

When it comes to classic and elegant garden design, less is more. You do not have to overrun the area with trees and flowers. In fact, too much can lead to an almost “cluttered” effect. Choose a landscaping style and size that suits your needs without draining too many resources. Remember that the bigger and more complex the garden, the more complicated it is to maintain.

Go indigenous

Native plants offer a great deal more to gardeners than exotic ones do. Indigenous plants are acclimatised to their environments and are therefore much easier to maintain and keep nourished. Furthermore, they are generally more cost-effective and generally tend to look better.

A well-designed garden ensures that a home is presented in the most beautiful way possible. It is an investment in the property as well as general well-being, and keeping garden design principles in mind can make the process run a great deal smoother.

Sources: Gardening.about, Garden Tips for Beginners online, The English Gardener

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