Garden design can be overwhelming when you first get started because, often, most people aren’t sure where to begin. They know that the end goal is to get a vibrant, productive, colorful garden going, but there are so many steps beforehand. You’ll need to start with a little soul searching and goal setting. Do you want evergreens and color, or wildflowers and native vegetation? Do you want to attract butterflies or do some home vegetable gardening? As well, do you want to incorporate garden ornaments, a pond, a patio, trellises, or other garden structures into your design?
According to Garden Guides magazine there are many types of garden design plans available. You can choose water or dry gardens, wildlife attracting flower gardens or edible gardens. Maybe the best way to get started is to assess the area you have available and study some pictures to figure out what type of garden suits your style. After you set your imagination free, it will be much simpler to start picking plants and formulating your game plan.
A great strategy for garden design is to choose a theme for your garden. At Garden Guides, you can choose between “dry gardens,” with cactus, drought-resistant plants, herbs, rocks and heat-loving plants; “edible gardens” for fruits, vegetables, nuts, herbs and plants; “flower gardens” for annuals, perennials, biennials, roses, orchids and wildflowers; “wildlife gardens” to attract birds, butterflies, dragonflies and bees; or “water gardens” like ponds, bogs, water features and tropical gardens.
For just $4.95, you’ll get a full-color garden-scape painting, an overhead plan view, a blueprint planting plan, gardening tips for perennial flowers, a detailed plant list with cold/heat tolerance, a shopping list to bring to the nursery and a two page article on “How to Prepare Great Garden Beds.”
When you’re planning your garden design, be sure you choose plants that play well in the sandbox with one another. You don’t want to put something like ivy in a place where it will consume and cover all your other selections. Be aware of flowers like impatiens, which like to spread out, so plant them far enough apart so they have room to grow. Be mindful to put plants that grow tall in the back and shorter plants in the front, with medium-sized arrangements in the middle to create cohesion. Color and texture are a very personal matter, so you’ll need to look around at different pictures to see what appeals most to you. Before you plan, sketch out an aerial diagram. Leave space for mowing, watering and maintenance.
Your house may be beautiful, but if the surrounding property isn’t well maintained, it ruins the whole effect. What you need is some landscaping gardening ideas that will help you create the perfect setting for your home. Visit the Landscaping Ideas site to learn more.