Some of us are lucky enough to have our own gardens however most of the time we really don’t know how to transform it into something we have been dreaming for a long time. Before you begin drawing up your dream garden carefully think about what plants, trees and furniture you would want to have in it.
Creating your own garden does not have to be difficult, stressful or time-consuming plus you could really create a beautiful garden on your own without having to pay a landscaping designer. However, in order to create the perfect garden on your own, you will have to think about everything beforehand.
Hence, take a piece of paper then carefully think and note down what trees you would want your garden to have. Keep in mind that it would be nice to have some spots with shade, therefore, you would probably want to plant several big trees, for example, a Quaking Aspen or Northern Catalpa.
These trees are fast growing, beautiful and not very hard to take care of but you will need to think about whether they will fit in your garden. Once you have noted what large trees you would like to plant, write down all the other trees, plants and flowers you desire to have. Think about whether they will go together or not.
Professional landscaping artists suggest breaking up large spaces to create a more intimate atmosphere. For example, you could break up a big space by adding colorful flowing flowerbeds instead of regular and square shaped flower borders that many gardens have.
How to add an element of excitement to your garden?
To make your garden more interesting for visiting family and friends, you could create ribbons of flowers, bushes and trees. Such garden composition will give your guests a sense of not knowing what to expect ahead as they walk further into your garden.
Another aspect you could play with is the texture; you could mix smooth rock rivers with lush grass carpet or plant several different plants in a repeating sequence. For instance, you could alternate Angelina sedum plants with Dwarf spruce trees for beautiful and relaxing composition.
Create edges for crisp and clean looking garden
Let your imagination play and don’t be afraid to experiment in order to find something that you and your family could fall in love with. You could do something as simple as dividing grass lawns with smooth rock rivers or going for something a little more complex such as planting bushes or flower arrangements.
Use garden art to add an element of interest to your garden
Nowadays, you can find various garden art at an affordable price hence don’t be afraid to add such elements to create a finished garden look. Moreover, you could purchase different statues to go with the theme of your garden plus such additions will create a sense of luxury and sophistication.
Furthermore, to accentuate the garden sculptures, you could plant fun and exciting plant combinations nearby thus don’t be afraid to mix and match different colors and textures.
Mix flower garden with vegetable garden
You could even mix the two gardens to get the best of both worlds plus such combination will add a unique touch to your garden and allow you to grow home produce such as lettuce or capsicum.
Add your personality
Don’t be afraid to add your personality to the garden by planting plants, trees and flowers that you personally like. Moreover, instead of the garden sculptures, you could plant music instruments if you are into music or add anything else that you have a special connection too. For instance, you could create a small golf course shaped fountain in the center of the garden if you are into this sport.
Don’t be afraid to break the rules of garden designs
It will be a great idea if you read several books on garden design prior to beginning the actual design of your garden only because the books could instill a sense of confidence. Don’t let the books limit your imagination with all the rules that exist in the garden design.
If you have always dreamed of a maple tree taking the center of your garden then allow it to be, after all, who said that large trees have to go in the back? Moreover, think about how much actual time you are going to spend in the garden and consider designing in a way that you and your family will have a good viewpoint from the windows.
Think about planting a vegetable garden
Though it is unusual to plant the two gardens together, you could do it if it something you would want. Besides, having your own vegetables and herbs can have its benefits.
A lot of individuals picture a rough edge between the two gardens but it does not have to be this way because you could mix and match them. For example, you could place a herb spiral surrounded by flowers such as Begonia or Chinese Hibiscus.
Things to consider when planning your garden
Light is a very important factor in the life of plants and flowers hence you will need to think about what plants and flowers you are going to plant and where. Keep in mind that different plants have different light requirements.
Therefore, you will need to observe your garden for at least a week to determine what spots get the most sunlight and what spots mainly stay in the shade.
Once you will have this figured out then you will need to plan the spaces between the flowers and the plants, remember to leave enough space for deadheading. Also, don’t forget to leave enough space to comfortably access them whenever needed.
Clear the grass and prepare the soil
You will have to clear the grass and remove the sod in order to plant flowers and provide enough room for them to grow. Moreover, get rid of any rocks you might have in the soil and then rake the soil to get it crumbly and then smooth it out to get an even surface.
Plus, you could check the soil for fertility but keep in mind that normally the soil around our country is not suitable for flower growing and will need to be fertilized first.
The easiest and fastest way to do this is to enrich it with fallen leaves, peat moss and compost if you have been sorting out your trash and composting. You could also purchase ready-made compost in specialised shops.
What flowers are best for small to medium sized gardens?
Flowers are normally divided into perennials that come back annually but don’t bloom very much and annuals that will blossom with bright and colorful flowers but will require you to plant the seeds each year.
Also, you could zone your areas according to directions you could get at a local flower shop or online. For perennials, think about planting flowers such as Pansies, Black-eyed Susans, Roses and Daylilies. For annuals, consider planting Sunflowers, Cosmos, and Zinnias.
You can find seeds for these flowers in a garden shop, flea markets and local nursery plus you could order the seeds online too. Once you purchase the seeds, you will have to place them in different plastic containers so that their roots do not intertwine.
Some individuals use old egg cartons instead of plastic containers just make sure you make several small holes at the bottom for water to drain. If you are going to purchase the seeds at a local garden shop then you might even find some seeds already in biodegradable containers that you will only need to plant.
Whatever flowers and other plants you will decide to plant in your perfect garden, keep in mind that you will need to familiarize yourself with their care instructions. Plus, most seeds will need to be planted at least two weeks before the last frost or according to the specific instructions on the packaging.
Moreover, you will need to find the right place to keep the seeds before the time will come to plant them outside. Windowsills, balconies and porches are never a good spot for seed growing. Instead, think about finding a spot with enough lightning and warm temperature.
Plus, avoid spots that have drafts or are located in places where the temperature will fluctuate. You could even place a heating mat underneath your seeds if needed and use a grow light but don’t forget to keep it on for at least 15 hours a day.
Lastly, don’t forget to water the seeds and the planted trees, flowers and plants. Normally, you would need to water your garden somewhere between two to three times a week.
However, if you live in a hot area with lots of dry days instead of humid or rainy ones then you might have to increase the watering. Look for wilting flowers to understand whether your garden needs more frequent watering.