Garden Design Tips from the Experts

Garden Design Tips from the Experts

What You Need To Know About Garden Designing

If you’re only now starting your garden, you most likely don’t have much of an idea about how to design it.

What flowers and plants do you want to place in your garden? Which varieties of blooms and herbs are best for the type of design and theme you have planned? How do you draw up a layout to fit your vision? How do you plan out your garden space to make room for chairs, tables, a gazebo, or other outdoor furniture?

Where do you even start off with all these? No matter what questions you may have, we’ve got your back! This article is here to help you make the right choices for your garden design.

We give you a practical list of guidelines for the perfect garden you want! We show you how to create an attractive look for gatherings, cookouts, or R&R away from the hustle and bustle of life. We also give you pointers on picking the theme and color scheme of your yard.

With these, you can make your dream garden come to life!

Interested in a formal course? Want to get certified as a gardening expert? We encourage you to look at associations offering classes in floristry, like:

American Institute of Floral Designers (www.aifd.org).
National Gardening Organization (www.garden.org).
American Floral Endowment (www.endowment.org).
American Horticultural Society (www.ahsgardening.org).

Establishing Your Style.

We don’t know about you, but many people who own gardens have a hard time assessing the layout of their yard. Because of this, they have trouble placing things where they imagined it would be. Gardeners and specialists in the field often come across clients who want a fresh set of eyes to look at their garden.

They want help to establish their unique style. See, all the furniture and components are there, but they don’t know how to tie it all together!
So how do you overcome this dilemma?
Gardening pros from A Way to Garden say there are three points to ask yourself when planning a design for your garden.

These will come in handy when you go and buy essentials. If you’ve already placed plants and other items in your yard, don’t stress! These will help you reposition everything in a more pleasing way.

These three helpful questions will help you establish your garden’s style! With these, you can personalize your garden with your one-of-a-kind tastes and goals in mind.

What will you do or do you like to do in the garden?

For cooks, you could have a grill near the kitchen. You can also spruce it up with a display of fragrant herbs on a dedicated garden bed. This is also a perfect idea for those fond of hosting parties in their backyard!

When will you be outside?

If you have guests over on a regular basis, you’ll want your garden to be the perfect spot for gatherings. So you need to have gorgeous blooms, lively plants, and comfy furniture. Keep this in mind when you’re selecting plants and items.

If you want your garden to be a place of rest, you’ll want to plant calming plants, trees, shrubs, and blooms. So you and your family can go out, feel a fresh breeze of cool air, and get a “reset” from the stress of daily life.

Who will you be with?

Consider how often you’ll have visitors over. Knowing who will likely be with you out in the garden will help you further personalize your style. You can choose chairs, tables, and other furniture based on this. You can also determine what varieties of flowers, herbs, shrubs, and trees to grow in certain areas of your garden.

At the same time, if you have people over a lot, you’ll want to leave out your plants and furniture. You want them to be all ready and look good without having to put them away when storms or rains turn up.

So be sure the furniture and plants you have in your yard will be weather-proof for any season. By doing this, you can leave them out and have people over at any time without worries.

Picking the Color Scheme and Theme

Like any kind of design you have to prepare, your garden needs a color theme to go by. Now, it doesn’t have to be a full-on color palette! You could have a reference point from someplace you saw while going on a drive or while you were on a trip. You can incorporate that into your garden design.

First off, though, you should ask yourself what vibe you want to get when you step out into the garden. Is it like the marvelous beauty of rainforests or the tropical island you had your vacation in? Do you want to come out into a Paris-like setting in the comfort of your garden?

Whatever you choose, you can draw up the same colors and shades to place in your garden and outdoor surroundings. Make your backyard your very own with your personal color scheme!

Editing and Rearranging Your Yard

If halfway through you find out you might want to change things up a little, don’t worry! You don’t have to start all over. It may not be as easy as the Sims game where you could reorganize and remove items with a click. But with a little effort, you can “edit” out your garden until you get your ideal yard. Follow this expert advice and refurbish your garden without having to start from scratch!

First, wait until the winter. It shows a clearer view of your entire back garden. You can see trees and shrubs a lot better. You can also catch and clear away on-ground plants that have been dead for some time.

If you’d like a more covered garden with natural shade, plant a couple of trees and shrubs around your yard. With this, you get to enjoy cozy afternoons in the summer sun without burning your skin off!

But if you’d like more open space, you could opt to set up a bird feeder or small fountain at the center of your garden. You’ll have more room to walk around and breathe fresh air.
Whatever your style is, you can “edit” and refurbish your backyard to your perfect garden!

Photo by Christian Joudrey