How To Design A Garden

If you’re reading this, you’re probably just starting out in garden design. In fact, you probably came here because you had an impulse to do a little research to find out how much work is involved in designing a garden before you committed to doing it. Asking how to design a garden is like asking how someone might design a car. The design will largely be influenced by how you intend to use the garden.

That said, there are a few steps that everyone should take in order to start designing a garden.

Step 1: Measurements

The first thing you’re going to have to do is find out how much space you have to work with. If you purchased a home and a fence had already been erected, there won’t be much guess-work involved. All you have to do is take a roll of string and a few sticks, insert a stick into each corner of the garden, and unroll the string so that it connects all of the sticks. Then, measure the string to get the perimeter. If your garden is a perfect square, you’ll be able to get the area of the garden by multiplying the length by the width. If there isn’t a fence, find out where the property borders are and consider putting up a fence to protect your garden.

Step 2: Layout (on paper)

The next step is to draw a diagram on paper that reflects the shape of the garden. Then, determine how you would like the garden layout to be. By figuring it out on paper, you’ll be able to proceed to the next step without worrying about all the work associated with changing course mid-project.

Step 3: Take Action

The last step is simple: just do it. Since every garden is different, you’ll have to decide on which plants and trees to use on your own. Dig deep within yourself – if you know yourself, you should have no trouble designing a garden that reflects that.

Since garden design is a very personal, almost spiritual experience, there are no right or wrong decisions when deciding on the details of how the garden will be laid out. If it is a reflection of your personality, it’s sure to turn out beautiful and comfortable.