5 Easy Steps To Designing Your Own Garden

The perfect garden is one that you can relax in, socialize in and that reflects you. Therefore who better to design your garden than you! You know your needs better than anyone else, you also know your budget better than anyone else and what better way to enjoy your garden than to know you actually created it, that it is an extension of you. However before you get too carried away it is important to first understand these 5 simple steps to designing your own garden.

1. Hardscape vs Softscape

With computers there is a difference between software and hardware. A similar distinction exists in garden design. Softscape refers to the lawn, the plants and trees whereas hardscape includes such garden features as water fountains, patios and borders. An easy way to remember is that if you fell the lawn would be a softer landing than the patio!

2. Learn the basic elements of garden design

The basic elements of landscape design are:

– Color
– Form
– Line

Garden design is essentially art and the backyard is your canvas. Therefore structural concepts such as form and line are important in any garden design. Form is essentially the three dimensional nature of an object and line is the way the eye focuses on the garden and traces its way across the features such as hedging and tree lines. These two concepts must be addressed alongside the colour palette which you choose to go into your garden design plan. It is important to consider how different colours will interact together when choosing plants and flowers. Do not plant anything in isolation as it will be viewed as part of the garden as a whole. As with interior design the colours you choose can maximise the space and other features within your garden. These basic elements are important in both the Softscape and hardscape elements of your garden.

Making a difference in your own garden.

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3. Choose the right products

Choosing the best plants and lawns for your garden is crucial. You can buy a simple soil test online and establish which plants will suit your soil type best. It is better that you choose plants and flowers to suit your soil rather than engage in a long-term battle to make your soil suit your plants.

4. Border Basics

Borders are a great way to frame your garden and individual features within it. Borders add a touch of the professional and can maximise the appeal of even the simplest flowerbed or rockery. They also separate different areas of your garden and highlight the different textures between the Softscape and hardscape features. Do not be restricted to traditional border techniques such as paving or rocks. Borders offer the perfect chance to display your creativity and originality. Find some interesting logs to use as a border or instead collect beach pebbles. Creative bordering will not only be attention grabbing it can also be incredibly low-cost. Search online or in gardening magazines for inspiration.

5. Perfect Patios

Patios are both decorative and functional features for your garden. When choosing where to place your patio and what size it is important to bear both its decorative and functional purpose in mind. If you plan to eat outside a lot then ensure the patio is conveniently located to the kitchen. If the patio will be used for large dinner parties then you will need a larger patio area with room for everyone both to sit and then push back their chairs and relax. If you don’t like gardening then a patio is a great way of filling space within your backyard which is relatively low-maintenance as opposed to lawn. Be creative in the shape of your patio design and also in the way you border your patio area. A brightly coloured flower border will emphasize this feature and disguise any edges. Make sure the colors you chose match the colour of stone used in the patio.

The most well designed garden is one that takes into account your own needs. A beautifully landscaped garden with a large lawn area and a plethora of different plants and flowers is no use if you detest gardening and cannot afford to pay a gardener. It will very quickly lose its beauty. Know your own limits and design a garden that reflects this.