One of the potentially mystifying aspects of gardening for the newcomer to the hobby is garden planning and design. The beginner who seeks inspiration from the plethora of lavishly illustrated gardening books on the subject, or who visits one of the many gardening shows where there are show gardens, could well be led to believe that there is a great art to garden design, an art that is the prerogative of the talented few.
While it is true that there are a few great designers around - as there are great artists - the truth is that anyone can design a garden if they choose to. Although it is important to consider practical matters, like where is the washing going to be hung out, or the compost heap placed, this is no more difficult a concept to acquire than arranging furniture in a room for convenience and elegance of living. Regard the garden as an outdoor room and suddenly design and planning become less formidable.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Remember that if other folks do not like what you create, or consider it “bad design”, that they are not living in it or with it, and such an assessment is purely their opinion and not necessarily valid. So do not be afraid of designing and laying out your own garden. If the design is right for you, then it is a good design - and do not let anyone tell you differently.The only thing that is important is the conditions for plant growth and arrangement.
You may have a great design, but if the plants are not able to achieve your objective, whether it be the lawn grasses, shrubs or trees, then the design will fail. So it is important to be aware of the canvas that you have upon which to paint your picture, both its limitations and advantages, and then to conduct a simple survey. Once this has been done the practical layout can be addressed. You can then “get out your brush and paint the picture”.
The foregoing is an introduction to home garden design on the GardenMessenger web-site. Today I have added two further Gardening Guides Surveying the Garden and Garden Layout.
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