All You Need to Know About Garden Design

Your garden is an important part of your home. Improving your garden not only makes it a joy to be in, but can also increase the value of your home, too! Here are some tips to help you plan and landscape your garden.

1. Get clear on the purpose of your garden

Before you begin landscaping, you need to get clear on the function your garden holds. Are your kids going to be playing in it? Are you going to be entertaining friends and family on the patio? What about your pets? How much room do they need? You can always design different areas for different purposes and link them together with walkways. You should also consider which areas of the garden get the most sun and shade and at what times of day (this will also help you when it comes to choosing plants). For example, you can turn the shaded area of your garden into a place for the kids to run around, while reserving the sunny spot for the adults to sit and relax.

2. Decide on shape and size

Do you prefer modern gardens with lots of clean lines, straight paths, and geometric shapes? Or, do you love natural-looking gardens with more of an organic, casual feel? These sorts of gardens tend to have gentle, curving paths, wildflowers, and are easier to maintain. But don’t feel restricted: you can even incorporate a mixture of these two styles. Perhaps you also want your garden to feature plants and structures of only certain colours.

When measuring the size of your garden, make use of a square footage calculator that can help you plan your garden with precision and ease. You’ll then have to decide on the other practical or aesthetic features to include, such as: fencing, walls, hedges, patios, ponds, rock gardens, water features, and pathways.

3. Do you need professional help?

At this point, you’ll be able to determine whether the job’s simple enough for you to do yourself, or if you need to call in the help of a trained professional. If you want to be the one to tackle landscaping your garden, there are plenty of books, online resources, and even courses to provide you with information. Common building materials — bricks, cement, timber, decking, paving blocks, and paint — are easy to find in hardware stores and garden centres.

Alternatively, many people choose to hire a professional gardener and landscape designer who can provide professional advice and expertise on how to make the most of your garden while staying within budget. This is obviously a smart route to go down if you have a lot of work and want the peace of mind and high-standards a professional brings.

4. Choose the right plants

Of course, no garden is complete without plants! Choosing to include a variety of shrubs, flowers, and plants will add colour, texture, and interest to your garden throughout the year. Become familiar with your soil and which plants will do best in each area of your garden depending upon levels of sun, shade, and weather. Hedges can create barriers between different sections of your garden. Potted plants and flowers allow you to easily switch up the look of your garden whenever the mood strikes. You can even create a vegetable and/or herb garden, too!

The process of planning and landscaping your garden is an exciting one — so have fun with it! With the right care, attention, creativity, you can turn your garden into a haven: somewhere to entertain friends and relax with the family in a beautiful setting of your very own design.