To create a new garden is always an exciting prospect. Usually you are full of ideas and can’t wait to see these ideas turning into reality. But, as with many enterprises, the most important part is the planning stage. Something that cannot be rushed. While doing this thoroughly and carefully, you will have plenty of time to make changes and adjustments as your plan comes into being. Rushing this part you could see yourself making mistakes that can be costly in money or time. I recommend you follow these steps to fully assess the site, the principles underlying good garden design, and how to choose and develop an appropriate design for the size, shape, function and location of your garden.
Your most important question should be what is the garden going to be used for. Is it garden for a family, a cottage garden for a plant lover, or a front garden which includes a parking area. The garden itself will contain a number of functional areas – for example, for relaxation, recreation, access, or for growing vegetables. Remember that if your garden is not functional, it will not be used and neglected.
By adhering to the basic principles of design, you should be able to develop the function plan of the garden into an aesthetically pleasing space. Creating harmony and continuity, balance, proportion, scale and perspective in the garden. And be able to find practical solutions for sloping gardens, or screening out unattractive features, etc.
Style and location
Important to remember that the function of the garden will have an effect on its style, but this will not be the only factors that influence it. Its shape, proportions, the architecture associated with it, the amount of maintenance required, and its geological location. There are many examples to be found of differing styles and functions of garden design in various locations, from suburban plots to hot, dry or wildlife gardens. Doing a quick search on Google will bring up many examples.
Always remember when selecting materials to be used in the creation of your design to select once that comes from sustainable sources. You can where possible, re-use materials from gardens that are being renovated. Benefits from this is that things like recycled stone and wood will already have weathered and this will soften the appearance of any new construction. With a little research, you can find recycled alternatives for gravel and stone, which will reduce impact on the environment caused by quarrying for these items. Also look at using timber that is certified as originating from sustainable sources should you decide to use timber in your design.
Good luck on planning and designing your new garden.
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