The best place to start planning your garden is in your garden. Walk around your garden and try and imagine what it could look like. Draw your ideas on paper or on a computer garden design package to get a feel for how you want it to look. Dont rush this part and get plenty of opinions before you start to mark out the garden.
Here are some features that you could plan into your garden, consider how and where to put each of the features you would like in your garden.
- Flower Beds
- Borders for flowers
- Borders for shrubs
- Borders for trees
- Bird bath
- Childrens play area – swings & slides etc
- Decked area
- Different levels
- Dustbin & Recycled bin area
- Fruit garden
- Gravelled area with our with out plants
- Herb garden
- Hot Tub
- Lawn for show
- Lawn for kids to play on
- Raised beds
- Summer house
- Water feature
Maximise what is saved
To reduce the amount of work you have to do its worth trying to keep as many paths, walls and existing features as possible. You need to carefully balance getting the design you want and not wasting more than you need to in terms of existing garden features.
If you are looking to alter the lawn, consider if your old lawn could be re-shaped rather than having to dig up your lawn and lay a new one. Only you will know if your existing lawn is worth saving. It may be better to relay if your lawn is full of weeds or very uneven.
Work out what can be saved from your garden. You may want to dig up existing plants, or turf if it can be reused in your new garden. You can save a lot of money by doing this, although if you are paying a company to build your garden it’s a balancing act between paying their time and the cost of saving plants.
Think about how you want to view your garden. If your sitting room overlooks your garden, consider how you want this view to look. If you have a patio area, a hot tub or other seating area think about how you want the garden to look from that view point.
Chosing a style for your garden