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Garden Design Tips from the Experts

What You Need To Know About Garden Designing

If you’re only now starting your garden, you likely don’t have much of an idea about how to design it.

What flowers and plants do you want to put in your garden? Which kinds of blooms and herbs are best for the type of design and theme you have planned? How do you create a layout to match your vision? How do you plan out your garden space to make room for chairs, tables, a gazebo, or other outdoor furniture?

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Where do you even start off with all these? No matter what questions you may have, we’ve got your back! This blog post is here to help you make the right decisions for your garden design.

We give you a practical list of guidelines for the perfect garden you want! We show you how to create an eye-catching look for events, cookouts, or R&R away from the stress of life. We also give you tips on picking the theme and color scheme of your yard.

With these, you can make your dream garden come to life!

Interested in a formal course? Want to get certified as a gardening expert? We encourage you to look into organizations offering classes in floristry, like: 

American Institute of Floral Designers (www.aifd.org).

National Gardening Organization (www.garden.org).

American Floral Endowment (www.endowment.org).

American Horticultural Society (www.ahsgardening.org).

Establishing Your Style.

We don’t know about you, but most people who own gardens have a tough time evaluating the layout of their yard. Because of this, they have trouble putting things where they pictured it would be. Gardeners and professionals in the field often come across clients who seek a fresh set of eyes to look at their garden.

They want help to establish their unique style. See, all the furniture and components are there, but they don’t know how to bring it all together!

So how do you overcome this issue?

Gardening pros from A Way to Garden say there are three points to ask yourself when planning a design for your garden.

These will come in handy when you go out and buy essentials. If you’ve already put plants and other items in your yard, don’t panic! These will help you reorganize everything in a more appealing way.

These three simple questions will help you establish your garden’s style! With these, you can personalize your garden with your one-of-a-kind tastes and goals in mind.

What will you do or do you like to do in the garden?

For cooks, you could have a grill close to the kitchen. You can also spruce it up with a display of exotic herbs on a dedicated garden bed. This is also a good idea for those keen on hosting parties in their backyard!

When will you be outside?

If you have guests over on a regular basis, you’ll want your garden to be the perfect spot for social gatherings. So you need to have gorgeous blooms, lively plants, and comfy furniture. Keep this in mind when you’re picking out plants and items.

If you want your garden to be a place of rest, you’ll want to plant calming plants, trees, shrubs, and blooms. So you and your family can go out, feel a crisp breeze of cool air, and get a “reset” from the stress of daily life.

Who will you be with?

Take note of how often you’ll have visitors over. Knowing who will likely be with you out in the yard will help you further customize your style. You can choose chairs, tables, and other furniture based on this. You can also determine what varieties flowers, herbs, shrubs, and trees to grow in certain areas of your garden.

Also, if you have people over a lot, you’ll want to leave out your plants and furniture. You want them to be all ready and look good without putting them away when storms or rains turn up.

So make sure the furniture and plants you put in your yard will be weather-proof for any season. By doing this, you can leave them out and have people over any time without worries.

Picking the Color Scheme and Theme

Like any type of design you have to prepare, your garden needs a color theme to follow. Now, it doesn’t have to be a color palette! You could have a reference point from some place you saw while going on a drive or while you were on vacation. You can integrate that into your garden design.

First of all, though, you should ask yourself what vibe you want to get when you step out into the garden. Is it like the wonderful beauty of rainforests, or the tropical island you had your vacation in? Do you want to come out into a Paris-like setup in the comfort of your backyard?

Whatever you choose, you can draw up the same colors and shades to put in your garden and outdoor setting. Make your garden your very own with your personalized color scheme!

Editing and Rearranging Your Yard

If halfway through you realize you might want to change things up a little bit, don’t worry! You don’t need to start all over. It may not be as easy as the Sims game where you could rearrange and remove items with a click. But with a little effort, you can “edit” out your garden until you get your ideal yard. Follow this pro advice and make over your garden without having to start from scratch!

First, wait until the winter. It shows a clearer overview of your entire back garden. You can see trees and shrubs a lot better. You can also find and eliminate on-ground plants that have been dead for some time.

If you ‘d like a more covered garden with natural shade, plant a few trees and shrubs around your yard. With this, you can savor cozy afternoons in the summer sun without burning your skin off!

But if you ‘d like more open space, you could opt to set up a bird feeder or small fountain at the center of your garden. You’ll have more room to walk around and breathe fresh air.

Whatever your style is, you can “edit” and rework your backyard to your ideal garden!

Photo by Martin Kníže