Help! I want to transform my Garden

The first rule of gardening is the more you put in, the more you get out, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create a fantastic low maintenance garden too. When deciding on the type of garden for you start by making a proper plan. Whatever type of garden you envisage, proper preparation will make it easier to get the results you want.

Design a Plan

Before you begin your design start collecting things that inspire you, whether it’s magazine clippings, paint samples or photos of your favourite gardens to visit.

To design a plan for your garden you’ll need a large sheet of graph paper and a pencil. Measure the dimensions of your garden and map out the outline on your paper. Don’t forget to take any entranceways or immovable objects like large trees into account. Once you’ve got the basics you can start designing your garden around your space.

When you’ve worked on your plan for a while study it carefully and decide which elements you want to keep and which to get rid of. When designing planted areas just give a basic indication of what you’d like, such as red and yellow beds, that way your design won’t be limited by the plants you choose.

It’s also a good idea to find out what type of soil you have in your garden so you can ascertain the best plants to pick. However, if you have the wrong kind of soil for the plants you want you can remedy the problem by composting the area or growing in raised beds.

When you’ve decided which features will make it into your design use some tracing paper to create a final plan. Planning in this way will allow you to try out lots of different configurations until you find the one that works best without having to redraw your design several times.

Next Steps

Once your plan is complete the next step is to decide which area of your garden you want to tackle first. Breaking up tasks into manageable chunks will make them easier to complete. Just like any other room in your home, there are four major components to your garden and as with decorating, it’s best to start from the ground and work your way up. Many gardeners find it useful to tackle garden tasks in the following order:

Floor – Plantable soil, paving materials, decking, groundcovers and lawn grass all need to be considered.

Walls – This could be the wall of your house, a backdrop of bushes, trellis, a hedge, a fence and so on.

Ceiling – Think about large trees, awnings, pergolas, umbrellas etc.

Furniture – Your furniture plans should include any tables and chairs but also other large objects like garden ornaments or planters.

Whereas most people prefer to decorate their homes neutrally these days, the garden is one place where you can really let your imagination run riot. Follow these tips to make your own comprehensive garden plan so you can start creating the garden you’ve always dreamed of.