One of the benefits of making a garden plan is taking time to think about what you need in the garden and where to place everything, so that you won’t waste time and money changing things later on.
As it’s unlikey that your garden is a clean slate, it’s useful to think about how you can incorporate existing things into the garden plan.
For instance, mature plants provide the volume and form to give your garden a more established look, so think twice before you dig them up.
They could be moved to another area of the garden instead (generally best done in autumn), you could also prune them to alter the shape and give them a new lease of life.
This old fence-post had such a lot of character that I included it into a garden design, it has real character don’t you think?
I followed this idea through in my own garden, on a much larger scale, by remodelling the shed. It came with the house, and whilst it was handy for storage, it was much too big for the garden and in the wrong place.
Reluctant to dismantle it and take it to land-fill, we decided to chop it in half and move it to another part of the garden.
This was not altogether straightforward, as you can imagine, but it was eventually reduced in size and is now much more usefully sited next to the vegetable patch.
It’s new size is in proportion with the garden, and because it’s much smaller, we’re not tempted to keep lots of things that we don’t really need.
There’s an area of decking in front of the door (made from part of the floor of the old shed), and the roof now forms an over-hang so you can sit and have a sheltered tea-break. I think the whole shape is much better too.
The path was made from re-cycled bricks.
It fits the garden design rule of being both practical and aesthetically pleasing.
In short then:
- Are there any materials, timber, brick etc. in your garden that you could re-use?
- What plants can be re-used by moving them, dividing them so they perform better, or pruning them to a different shape?
Maybe you have some interesting items in your garden that you could re-use?
Have a good week.
images: Jill Anderson