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Plan your garden with a Garden Freebies Garden Plan

You can get lots of books which have garden plans. if you're only planning to design a garden for yourself you should be able to do this simply if you bear in mind some principles.

 

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  • You need to know how big the garden is. You should measure this and draw a to scale drawing.
  • You need to know which way the garden faces and therefore what sunshine it will get.
  • What are the boundarys? Can they be changed?
  • What type of soil is it?
  • Who will use the garden?
  • What needs do you have to furfill for the design to work for people? Must there be a play area, a water feature, herb garden, vegetable patch, disabled access, raised beds.
  • Draw a plan of the garden, a list of requirements, a list of limitations, then read books or ask at the garden centre (Or great online stores like Crocus - see link on left) to find plants suitable.
  • Add in main features (Lawn etc) and think about how it will look in 3 dimensions.
  • Use planting in odd numbers to make things look more casual.
  • Use different textures (ground cover, furniture, water features,)
  • Vary heights of plants
  • Vary shapes of ground cover areas,
  • Use dividers to cut up long gardens,
  • Use diagonal lines to create interest
  • Use Trompe L'oeil (trick of the eye) to make small gardens appear longer - use mirrors, height, trellis, etc to draw the eye to change how you view the garden.
  • Keep records of your plans so that you can see how your ideas develop.
  • Visit other gardens for inspirations.
  • Don't be afraid of asking other gardeners for tips or what plants are.
  • Make notes of interesting ideas you see in other gardens.
  • Take photographs of interesting gardens, keep notes, perhaps a scrapbook of design ideas that you can convert or reuse.
  • Local knowledge pays dividends. Local gardeners will know what plants do well in the area - this is especially important when you're looking at fruit trees and other plants dependent on frost etc.

  • Finally - the practicalities - What budget is allocated to the garden? Who will be doing the work? Is there a deadline?




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