Landscape gardening may sound like a daunting concept if you’ve never owned a house with a garden before, but it’s not as scary as it might sound. The key to planning the landscape design of your garden is to think before you act. With careful research, planning and consideration of various factors involved in planning and maintaining a garden, the work itself can be made much easier. Even better – when you spend the time planning your garden’s landscape to suit your needs, you’ll end up with a unique garden that does exactly what you want. On the other hand, if you skip planning and head over to the garden centre straight away, you may end up with all kinds of problems further down the road. The following planning tips will help get you started on planning your garden.
Plan for your circumstances
Different plants thrive in different climates. It’s important to consider this when planning your garden so that you can match your choice of plants to your regional climate, as well as your own garden’s particular conditions (amount of sunlight, soil type, etc.). You want to pick plants that will require minimum resources. For example, in dry climates, having resource-heavy garden elements like a lawn can be wasteful, as a lawn requires plenty of water to thrive. On the other hand, in rainier climates, a lawn will rarely require additional watering and is therefore a fine choice.
Are there existing plants in your garden? Trees? You may be tempted to get rid of everything and start fresh, but some plants may well be useful either in their current location or elsewhere in the garden. Get acquainted with them before you start planning and see if you can incorporate them into your future plan.
Plan for your requirements
The garden should be designed to be a pleasant, useful place for you, your family and your friends. Before drawing up any plans, think about what you would like your garden to provide. If you have children or pets, you will probably want to have plenty of space for them to be able to run and play. If you’re planning on holding barbecue parties, you may well want space for decking or a paved area. Do you want your garden to provide you with food? If so, you will want to allocate space for growing vegetables and possibly fruit trees. Do you want flower patches to add colour to your garden? Or maybe you’re more interested in fragrant flowers like jasmine? Spend some time considering your available space and your priorities and then plan accordingly. Also consider the amount of time and money you can spend on maintaining your garden. Lawns need regular cutting and maintenance to be done by either you or someone else. Do you have the time to mow the lawn regularly? Do you have the space to store a lawnmower? The answers to these questions need to be factored into your plan, as they unmistakably explain here. If you don’t factor future maintenance into your landscape plan, you may find your garden fast loses its appeal.
Treat your garden like a room
If a room in your house is large enough, it can be divided into distinctly separate areas, each with its own function. For example, your living room can have a seating area, a play area for the kids and a dining area. Similarly, your garden can be divided into different areas – a lawn for playing and relaxing, a decked or paved area for dining and areas for different plants such as flowers, trees and vegetables. Using plants or garden features to create clear distinctions between the different areas and linking those areas together in an inviting way will help make your garden more functional.
Thing big, think small
Should your garden have a theme? Themes are very common in landscape gardening, for both areas and entire gardens. Thinking about a theme for your garden can help connect it to your house so that it complements the architecture and style of the building. Alternatively, you can dedicate a part of your garden to a particular theme, such as a rock garden or a lily pond. Once you have considered the theme, also consider individual plants and their colours, the colour of their flowers, etc. to create a harmonious look in your garden.