Have you got a picture in your head of your ideal garden?
Is it informal with curvy, billowing shapes, soft colours and scented plants?
Or maybe it’s more formal with straight lines, topiary and structure (include scented plants too because every garden needs perfume).
The point is that you need that image in your head before you start making any major changes to your garden. Call it having a vision or setting a goal, you don’t need a label, but once you decide what you want you’ve a better chance of getting it.
Spend a bit of time thinking about what you want, it’ll definately save you time in the long run and will probably save you some money too:
- What does your ideal garden look like?
Is it a soft, romantic vision, or something completely different?
- What’s your style?
Would it be neat and calm with clean lines and just one or two colours ( green and white?)or bold, bright and colourful?
It works best if it reflects your character, and that of your house.
- What would you like to use the garden for?
Somewhere for your young children to play, or a quiet, contemplative place to relax in?
A place to entertain friends and family?
Do you want somewhere to grow vegetables? Even the smallest space can accommodate these.
A clearer picture is probably forming in your head by now, so note down your ideas and add a few sketches, if that’s how you like to express yourself.
Tear out magazine pictures of gardens and plants that you like, or any other images that appeal to you and get you feeling creative.
Don’t rush this stage, take your time and store all these together in a box …. and keep adding to them.
Eventually you’ll see a style emerging, giving you a clearer idea of what you want your garden to look like.
You’ve compiled a Brief and that’s the crucial starting point to any design.
Now you can start thinking about the proportions of the garden, and how it will all fit together.
images: Jill Anderson