In a recent article I wrote, I mentioned that we should consider the garden design from the perspective of our needs and desires. Then I stated some good practices for creating the perfect garden and explaining to your guests what to expect. But I didn’t go into depth, so I decided to write about it in this article. As you’ll soon learn, we need to always be thinking about the structure and flow of the garden.
The way to organize and plan out your garden is to create a system. A system helps us achieve our design goals. For example, if we are looking to create a more formal, open garden that will allow the yard to be an extension of the house, we will need to place the pathway away from the house, but not too far. Or if we want to create a style of garden that will mimic trees or a garden, we will need to design the paths and pathways to create a natural flow of trees, flowers, bushes, and plants.
If we want to create a more informal, “down-home” style, we can still follow our in’s and out’s in our in’s and out’s. But we will need to add an element of modernity into our design. For example, we might place some art Deco, or beaux Romanesque, wrought iron, or other modern elements into our garden design.
The design of the garden is one of the first things we should discuss when starting any new garden design. We should consider what type of plants are suitable for the space we are designing and the amount of space available. We should also consider the effects we want the plants to have on the garden design. For example, a formal garden might require a lot of height in order to add depth to the garden, so we might prefer low-hanging plants, such as Sunflowers, Lilies, and other plants that might tower above our lawn.
Next, we should discuss what types of plants we will be planting and how they will affect the natural, organic elements of the garden. Some plants thrive well in certain soil conditions. We should select those plants that will work best in the type of soil we have. We should also consider what elements and benefits our plants will provide us with. We should plan how the plants will fit into the flow of the garden.
Next, we need to make a design plan for the layout of the garden. How many spaces will be used for seating? Are there areas that will be designed to make use of the space? We should consider the ideal configuration for such an area. For example, a bench in the yard may be very useful, but it might not be appropriate for a seating area, where chairs could be placed.
Then we should consider planting our garden, designing the plant beds, and implementing the planting. We should begin planting in the fall, but we should work on the layout and planting plan throughout the summer. We should plan to have the garden at least partially constructed by the end of winter.
Finally, we need to implement the planting, depending on the type of planting and materials we choose, we should make sure the area is properly watered. We should check the irrigation system regularly during the fall and spring.
Once we have the garden, we should sit down and work out the details of the design. We should clarify how we want the garden to look and how we want it to feel.
Finally, we need to discuss the materials we will use for the design. And if we are doing in-ground water gardens, we should be aware of the mulch we will use, especially the quality of the mulch and how it will affect the overall aesthetic of the garden.
Creating a simple design is one of the best ways to begin any new design. But the more complex the design, the more we need to put in the time and thought, and then we should take the time to explain to our guests what to expect.