Ideas for Planning a Garden
Almost all backyard garden ideas are challenges in one way or another but occasionally a new garden, regardless of whether installed by the building contractors or by the former owner, is almost a seemingly insurmountable obstacle. But have faith! Several of the prettiest and most entertaining gardens I know were created by those who knew little or practically nothing at all about planning a garden, let alone about gardening itself when they first began.
When thinking of planning a garden, three facts about the process of bear repeating:
- Planning carefully before beginning will save time, money, and aggravation later on
- Define the amount of space you are going to devote to your garden; and then make use of all of it
- Pick out only plants and flowers that will develop successfully in your region and give all of them space to grow
Start at the Beginning
A new owner faced with a lot full of builder debris and weeds will think first about grass and then a garden. Once the lot has been cleared and sod put down a garden is a logical next step.
Now is the time for those ideas you have about planning a garden come to life. Installing fully developed trees can be a good way to start. While expensive it is definitely possible to get first-class fully developed examples of quite a few attractive trees and shrubs. Lots of nurseries offer a multitude of mature trees and shrubs that produces the look of an apparently mature garden. Making use of mature trees and shrubs is a really good garden planning idea but be prepared for sticker shock! Moving and planting significant foliage does not come cheap.
To assess what other features will compliment your space, look beyond the boundaries of the garden itself. If there is a nice tree far away, “take” it for your own. Plant more trees in front of it so that the in-between scene (if this isn’t appealing) is concealed and the distant tree seems to be an extension of your garden design. If there are a lot of trees in the distance, or even in adjoining gardens, picture your garden against the backdrop produced by them and group your plants accordingly. Taking the backdrop into consideration when planning a garden helps your garden to look bigger than it really is.
Given that most of us have to face more limited budgets, we’ll need to implement our garden planning ideas by looking ahead ten years or even more to visualize the final effects we hope to achieve. Small plants are much more reasonable in price and when bought from a respectable nursery almost sure to grow when using appropriate care. Except for specific quick-growing types most of these will grow very little during the first year or two of their newly planted life. After this, however, when reasonably well-established, they are going to accelerate the rate of their growth till they are no longer seedlings but strong plant life that plays a vital role in the landscaping design of your garden. While these plants mature, the gardener who goes about planning a garden with creative ideas can easily create a pleasing panorama with quicker growing plants to fill out the bare areas.
Now, having said all that, here are a couple of factoids you should know to help you start planning a garden on your own:
- Most of us see our gardens being an extension of our living room.
- Most people see planning a garden among the first jobs to be completed when relocating into a new home
Know Where You want to End Up
The best take away from this piece is that, when you first begin planning a garden, be certain you have a vision of the completed plan before starting to dig.
- Should you build a design with fencing and partitions, or define your space with trees and shrubs?
- Would you prefer a carpet of green turf or perhaps an area which uses mulch to spotlight the plants
- Should the space also be utilized for a children’s playground?
Put simply, before you begin beginning your efforts in planning a garden, ask yourself what the finished garden ought to provide your family and your home’s curb appeal.