Basic Gardening Design Tips

Gardening Tips That You Can Take Advantage Of Yourself

By Richard Kennedy Posted on 7/26/20

Designing your garden can be a painstakingly long and demanding task. However, knowing essential designing tips can help to make the process smoother. Whether you have a large and long garden or a tiny urban backyard one, you can always follow essential techniques to make designing easier. The most essential and basic garden tips that you can take advantage of yourself are listed below.

Garden Design Tips

Shape Your Garden

The easiest way to properly design and achieve a perfect garden profile is by establishing a shape for it first. Having a shape also makes it easier to achieve a defining design. To easily do so, simply look at your garden space or lawn, the biggest shape you notice from it is what should be the shape of your garden.

The shape varies – some spaces are normally oval, circle, or even rectangular. Physically shape the garden by using shaping and edging equipment. Shape your garden by cutting the bushes, leafed edges, and lawn edges.


Plan Which Plants You Will Add

Plants and trees play a great role in determining your garden’s look.  So before you begin planting, you must make a plan of which plants you will be using.  The best gardens should have several structural plants that are also ingrown with flowers to avoid a dull and dominant greeny planty look.

To bring out the beautiful flower colors, you also want to layer the garden with plants such as shrubs. Plant large shrubs around your garden or small ones in boxes balls. You can even choose to use them all at the same.

If you choose to use them both, put the small ones at the front and the large ones at the back. The key is to ensure the frame at the edges of your garden are sufficiently filled with shrubs and flowering plants.  Additionally, the perfect edge frame should measure at least a meter or more in-depth.

If your garden is too small, you can opt to reduce the depth of the frame and instead use climbers to complement the plants. Climbing plants with some flowering element will help to illuminate and give your garden a bright and attractive look.

Additionally, if you plan on creating a seating or dining area in your garden, you want to adorn these areas with beautiful flowers such as jasmine or hibiscus. They also come with the advantage of being intoxicatingly fragrant.


Take Advantage Of Trees

Trees also form an integral and functional part of your garden. If you want to you can plant them. However, you can also design your garden by taking advantage of the existing trees. Trees come with several advantages for your garden.

For example, you can use the tree position in your garden to block the sun. You can also use it to mount hanging chairs or hammocks as well as hanging lights to help illuminate the garden at night. Therefore, when you are designing your garden, you should also have the trees in mind.


Add Furniture

Artistically chosen and paired furniture can significantly add aesthetics to your garden. If you have a small garden, a minimalist set up is better. It gives people the illusion that the garden is bigger. Also, make use of each and every space you have in your small garden.

For example, you can use the tree you have to hang lights and a swing chair. Then, in the sitting area, you can add a few chairs and table or bench that can also double as a seat. Opt for fold-able furniture that you can put away in case you need extra space. You can also use the fold-able furniture, in their enclosed state as décor.


Enhance Your Views

In addition to decorative furniture, your fence, hedges, and boundary walls also contribute to your views. So, you want to make sure that you also pay enough attention to them. Ensure their designs are aligned or at least visually linked. For example, you can coordinate their colors. They don’t all have to be the same color. Instead, you can go for colors that match.


Don’t Forget Integrative Accessories

Especially for small gardens, you don’t want to invest in accessories that may be chunky. Instead, you can invest in accessories that easily integrate with the garden design. A good example is a living wall.

A living wall allows you to further decorate your garden with vertical plants. You can choose to place it anywhere in the garden and complement it with any flowering plants of your choice. Lights on the other end are a great way to make your garden magical at night. To really create that modern and stylish garden design, mix them up.

You can include anything from floor lamps to candle lanterns and hanging string lights. Think about how you intend to use the garden when you are picking the lighting. Do you want to have a dinning friendly atmosphere? Are you going to be screening movies there? Or is it just a spot for lounging?


Create Space For Everyone

This is especially true if you are designing a garden for your family and if you have children. Try to partition some space and make the space kid-friendly for your kids to play there. On the days you host your friends, you can sneak in some games with them as well.

A good example of items you can integrate includes a monkey bar or even swings attached to the trees. If you have a small and enclosed garden space, you can further create the illusion of large garden space to comfortably accommodate your kids by adding mirrors to your garden design.

In the kids’ play area, you can also integrate other play toys to give them a variety without ruining the overall look and design of the garden. For example, you can add a wooden mud kitchen toy with colorful finishing which also blends well with the color choices in your garden.