You’ve looked at the blank canvas in the backyard long enough but how do you transform it into the garden of your dreams?
Creating a garden may seem overwhelming but it is easier than you think.
Here are our ‘Top 10′ tips and tricks to get you started, including:
- Deciding on a style
- Fashion or function?
- Getting ‘arty’
Our ‘Top 10’
Creating your own garden from scratch is exciting, if not a little daunting.
Time spent planning and thinking about how you and your family want to use this space will ensure you end up a garden that meets your needs.
|1. Choose a style
||What kind of garden would you like?
|2. Function over fashion||While a beautiful garden is glorious, the space you have is valuable and it should meet the needs of you and your family.It should be functional but it can also be fashionable, depending on how you ‘style’ the essentials.
Make sure you have:
|3. Draw a ‘napkin sketch’||You don’t have to be an architect to draw up a rough plan.
It will help you picture the final layout of your garden.
|4. A picture’s worth a thousand words||Take photos of the plants you like and the look you wish to achieve, then visit a local nursery or garden centre with your plan.
The staff should be able to advise you if the plants you like will fit in the position and area you have chosen – or they may suggest something similar that would work better.
|5. Mass plant||Individual plants may look appealing but they don’t have the impact of a large group.
Mass planting (planting in groups of three or five – ALWAYS an odd number!) is a great way for new gardeners to create maximum impact with only a few different plants. It’s also currently in vogue in stylish gardens.
|6. Maximise foliage
||Flowers are lovely but between flowering seasons it’s the variations in foliage that keep your garden looking stunning.
Look for different colours, shapes and styles of leaves. Try colour co-ordinating plants in groups or swathes to create a picture that will shine all year round.
|7. Seasonal interest||Flowers are just one way of celebrating the seasons. They are colourful and often fragrant but there are other ways to introduce seasonal interest..
Make a point of looking at other gardens throughout the year, and adapt some of the ideas you’ve seen for your own garden, to capture the best of each season.
|8. Getting ‘arty’||Sculptures, collectables and old wares add personality to your garden. They can be used as a focal point or as a gap filler between seasons.
Don’t forget laser-cut metal or timber screens and wall panels and the like to add a touch of glamour to otherwise blank and unappealing walls or fences.
|9. Water features||Whether it’s a bowl of water, a pond or a fountain, water adds life, movement and interest to the garden. The gentle sound of a fountain can be soothing and will help blank out external noise.
|10. Pre-planting checklist||