This article provides and overview on how to approach the task of garden design. Designing your garden is a fun and rewarding task and this article will help you achieve your goal.
Garden Design for Small Gardens
Having your garden designed seems quite a formal implication with many rules to adhere to. Thank goodness this is not exactly true but many considerations have to be taken into account.
Designing a garden is like piecing a jigsaw together, such as where to site a patio, what materials to use, how to fit in a pond or where to site a feature tree.
The first step to designing a garden is with the Design Brief. A Design brief is vital to planning your garden and understanding how the layout can benefit trees, shrubs and flowers.
This also give a good opportunity to look at where the site of the house lies and try to understand how to link the house to the surroundings.
There are many styles of garden to choose from ie, high/low maintenance, formal/informal, contemporary, cottage, etc. In large gardens it is possible to incorporate all of these styles but it is the way the designer seamlessly blends one area to another that will show his/her true worth.
In smaller gardens, the garden plan has to be more precise with great attention to detail. Often there is a lot to fit in eg Lawn, pond, tree, shed etc. There will always be a small compromise in smaller gardens with seating areas and planting areas but if the balance is right then harmony will be created.
The more simple designed gardens are often the best. Over designed gardens will lead to confusion, not what you really want in your garden. A whole garden could be designed around a single specimen tree, a simple water feature or even just a box ball. It’s the natural journey that the eye takes around the garden to rest upon such focal points that shows the skill of the designer.
Once a garden has been designed and built, it is there to stay, so it is very important to plan the design so that the garden will last the test of time and have longevity. There is always a push to try new modern materials which work well inside but will they stand up to the elements? Many model gardens displayed at the R.H.S Flowers Shows are highly original and amazingly crafted, however once the cedar deck has faded and the brightly painted trellis loses its luster will the gardens still look as good?
The plants always take center stage in gardens. A well placed tree or feature grass will give you years of enjoyment, whereas a stainless steel water feature may lose its appeal when the next trend arrives. As part of a garden design you should also consider a planting plan.
Most importantly, a good Garden Designer should not impose his/her ideas on the garden without taking into account the owners wishes and lifestyle. After all it is your garden!