Designing a Garden – Creating Your Personal Oasis
A garden is a planned space, set aside, usually outdoors, for the cultivation of plants and for the enjoyment of its owner, friends, neighbors and all forms of nature. A garden can incorporate both natural and man-made materials.
Garden design can be done by professionals; complete with layouts and designs, or it can be your imagination at work as you go along. Any way you design your garden, keep these thoughts in mind. How much space will be needed? What type of garden do you want? What do you want your garden to look like? Does it match your personality?
Some fundamentals of the design include the layout, consisting of hard landscape such as paths, walls, water features, sitting areas and decking and consideration for plant requirements, season to season appearance, lifespan, size, speed of growth, and combinations with other plants and landscaping. Gardens can also incorporate waterfalls, ponds, arbors and trellises. You must also give some thought to the maintenance of your garden which can affect the choices of plants regarding speed of growth, spreading or self-seeding of the plants, whether annual or perennial, and bloom-time as well as many other characteristics., but the most important consideration is how your garden will be used and how it will fit in with the personality of your home.
Last, remember to account for the cost, the size and how much time you can devote to your new garden. Budget considerations can be resolved by using a simpler garden style with fewer plants and less costly hardscape materials, seeds rather than sod for lawns, and plants that grow quickly. The size will depend on the time you have for your new garden, location and size of available lot. You may also want to create it over several weeks, months or seasons.
Now, what type of garden are you interested in creating? A botanical garden, a butterfly garden, a cottage, residential, forest, flower, ornamental or rain garden? Is your garden for recreation, a place for games with the kids or entertaining guests for an outdoor dinner? For nature watching, not to exclude bird watching and reflecting on the change of seasons? Or for relaxing in your favorite chair or hammock with a good book and the lushes scents that surround you? How about growing your own fresh vegetables, tomatoes, peppers, and the like? Do you want lots of sunshine or shade. Where are the tall buildings or the tall trees that may keep your garden out of the sunlight. What is the climate like? Is it dry or do you receive a lot of rainfall? You must keep these thoughts in mind when you consider the appropriate type of garden and the appropriate location for that garden.
Finally, don’t forget the finishing touches to make your garden a part of your home and lifestyle with all the character one would associate with your persona. If you are a bird watcher don’t forget the bird houses or bird feeders. You can also add wind chimes, hose holders, or hanging plant hooks in the style you are trying to obtain. Maybe even an outdoor clock or thermometer, garden lantern or rain gauge to add a touch of class. Whatever your method, remember it is your world class garden so make it as you please, have fun and above all, enjoy your garden!