Comes the time when you reckon you’ve gotta do something new with ‘the jungle out the back’. Those who are more fortunate, may only want to make a few remodelling changes. But whichever group you belong, you are about to enter the world of Garden Design or Landscape Design. The difference between the two is a matter of scale. What you are really looking for are Garden Design Ideas and Landscape Design Ideas and on this page you will discover how to get started, how to see things and what to look for. The main picture shows one border in my English Gardens developed using the ideas described on this site.
In many respects I was lucky to have an overgrown, derelict wreck of a garden. For no other reason than there was no time to consider my options or procrastinate for another year, something had to be done immediately if there was going to be any degree of certainty that strangers would find my front door – it was that bad! I had to jump in to garden design with both feet and with immediate effect!
At the start of any garden or landscape design project it’s easy to hit the wall and stop right there, seemingly powerless to go further because you are faced with so many possibilities, and with the costs and effort involved, it’s easy to become fearful of making a seemingly irrecoverable and expensive ‘mistake’.
The following Garden Design pages will show you how to get started with your own ideas quickly. Whether you think you can draw or not, the next page will help you to ‘see’ your new proposal without even a drawing! Throughout this web site you can see and learn from my years of practical experience designing, restoring, building and maintaining my English Gardens.
Garden Design will highlight things to look out for in your garden both positive and negative. By focusing on the positive and reducing the effect of the negative, not only can you save money but your own design will be all the better for it.
Garden wind is often seen as the Achilles’ heel of many gardens by their owners. But with a little forethought you will discover how to greatly reduce its effect and grow many plants you would not consider growing otherwise.
Garden layout, soil type, shade, and much more are all covered in this category.