When you have a good assortment of plants and flowers in your garden, your space can become the envy and the jewel of the neighbourhood. But getting this kind of result takes planning and work as the tips in this garden design guide show.
1. Study Colour Combinations
One factor that makes gardens stand out is their colour coordination. Before you plant, it’s essential for you to know what colours clash when they’re planted together?
Although when it comes to a garden, most colours can do well next to each other, some do better than others. For example, pink next to orange would not be as striking as pink next to purple. With that in mind, you can go with a colour palette that includes lots of colours, or a simpler palette that doesn’t.
2. What Flowers and Plants will Dominate Others?
Once you’ve got your colour combination. You’ll need to decide what flowers and plants work good with each other and which will drown each other out. For example, ferns are beautiful green plants, but they spread fast. Placing them next to a plant that doesn’t spread quickly will mean that the ferns will eventually overtake the plant. Such a placement will require attention and continuous cutting back on your part.
3. What Areas of Your Yard are Sunny and What Areas are Shady?
Planning a garden means knowing what areas of your yard are full-sun, partial sun, partial shade and full shade. When you know that, you’ll plant your plants and flowers accordingly.
Flowers that require full sun should never be placed in shaded areas. Plants that need shade should never be placed in areas with full sun.
Whatever your garden is, embrace it. If your lawn is mostly shaded by trees, instead of cutting the trees, create a beautiful shade garden. There are many plants available such as Hostas and Bleeding Hearts that do well in the shade.
4. Perennials or Annuals?
Perennial plants come back every year. Annuals die after the season and have to be replanted the next year. What kind of garden to you wish to have? If you plant perennials, all you will have is maintenance every year. It is a cheaper option, with a broader variety of plants. Annuals, on the other hand, must be pulled out at the end of the season. Then, new annuals must be planted. This method costs more than planting perennials.
5. How Tall and How Short Should Your Plants Be?
Another vital factor in garden design is plant height. Taller plants should always be placed behind shorter plants. Begin with the tallest plants planted in the back and work your way forward with the next shortest and so on. Planting correctly by height ensures that all of your plants are seen.
6. What Extras Are You Including?
Beautiful gardens often include more than just the plants. You can include flat rocks for walking paths, garden sculptures, water fountains, bird houses, etc. Choose good quality items that will last a long time.
7. Include a Weeding and Pruning Plan
Never plan a garden without being aware of the fact that weeding periodically is a must. Invest in good, long-lasting gardening tools and plan to weed and prune at least once a week after your garden is complete. Brush up on weeding and pruning techniques if you need a refresher.
8. Include a Pest Plan
Few gardens are able to survive without the existence of pests. If your garden experiences destruction due to pests, such as caterpillars or aphids, for example, you’ll need to control them to keep your garden looking beautiful. Look into natural ways to ward off these pests. Go with commercial ways as long as you follow instructions carefully not to cause more harm than good.
9. Include an Irrigation Plan
Your garden will not thrive without water, and you can’t rely on Mother Nature to always provide. Plan a gardening irrigation system that will give your garden the water it needs.
10. Call in the Professionals if Desired
Keep in mind that everything regarding a garden, including planning, upkeep and watering, can be done by lawn and garden professionals like Cotswold garden design and landscaping who cover Gloucestershire. It’s an investment, but when you work with the pros, you know your garden will get expert care and attention.
Whether you create and maintain your garden yourself or whether you call in lawn and garden professionals, educate yourself on good gardening practices.