Top ten tips for successful garden design

Top ten tips for successful garden design

  1. Know your aspect. The direction of the Sun really matters. If you’re not lucky enough to have a South-facing garden create a seating area facing West, making the most of the evening sun.
  2. Know your soil. Is it always damp? Or sandy and full of rubble? Have a good dig down. Knowing your soil texture and PH level will save you time and money when choosing plants.
  3. Style. Consider your surroundings. An über cool urban retreat in the middle of the Yorkshire dales will seldom appear anything but jarring.
  4. Materials. Limiting your hard landscaping materials to three choices will create a more cohesive design.
  5. Level Changes. A step up to a patio or a step down into a different area of a garden gives interest and would encourage a person to want to continue exploring.
  6. Focal points.  A well positioned plant pot with a specimen plant, a statue or a water feature can lead the eye and create a dramatic full stop.
  7. Be practical. We all are capable of grand ideas, but a design that creates a useable space is one that will stand the test of time. Less is more.
  8. Repeat planting.  Always plant more than one of any variety. Planting in groups of threes and fives is much more pleasing on the eye.
  9. Foliage. The leaves of a plant are around for much longer than the flower,   generally speaking. Using different colours and shapes of foliage creates texture and depth.
  10. Patience. An amazing garden doesn’t come overnight, maybe not even in the first year! Be patient, try to work with nature and not against it. Get to know your garden and work alongside nature to create your own piece of paradise.

Project notes

  • Focal points.  A well positioned plant pot with a specimen plant, a statue or a water feature can lead the eye and create a dramatic full stop.
  • Be practical. We all are capable of grand ideas, but a design that creates a useable space is one that will stand the test of time. Less is more.
  • Repeat planting.  Always plant more than one of any variety. Planting in groups of threes and fives is much more pleasing on the eye.
  • Foliage. The leaves of a plant are around for much longer than the flower,   generally speaking. Using different colours and shapes of foliage creates texture and depth.
  • Patience. An amazing garden doesn’t come overnight, maybe not even in the first year! Be patient, try to work with nature and not against it. Get to know your garden and work alongside nature to create your own piece of paradise.