Creating your own garden plan is very satisfying – satisfaction achieved through relaxation or pleasure in the garden, as well as satisfaction that results from a job well done. Your efforts in planning and implementing a design that is unique to you will add to the pleasure your garden will provide in the coming years.
How can you create a garden space that is unique to you? Here are ten simple steps to help you through the process easily.
- Determine WHY you want the park.
How will you use it? Who else will enjoy the park? Remember that you may not be the only occupant. Therefore, find out from all family members how your outdoor area is used.
- Dream a little.
Now that you know why you want the garden and how you want to use it, let your imagination run wild with all kinds of functions in your special room. A small dream will reveal the attributes that will leave your personal impression in the garden.
Also consider whether you want a formal or informal garden. Formal gardens are highly structured and separated by strong central axes and transverse axes. Informal gardens look more natural with strong and flowing curves.
- Make a “Must Haves” list.
Which element is important? Pre-listing your requirements ensures that nothing important is lost from your final plan. Do you need a retaining wall? Privacy fence? Road to the garage? More parking space? Do children need a playground? How about pets?
Take a walk with your property and write down everything that matters. Your final design must match the characteristics of your dream and “must” to create a satisfying and functional space.
- Evaluate what you already have.
When you get to the place you want to go, you know your starting point. Is your room big or small? Is the terrain flat or tilted? How is the climate? What floor do you have? How much water is there and from what source? What is the prevailing view?
- Meet your budget.
Once you understand what you want and need, it’s time to start thinking about what you want to spend. This US dollar number influences the features you include in the final garden plan – trees, plants, hardwood landscapes, and architectural elements such as pavilions, fountains, ponds and benches.
Remember that your “budget” consists of two elements: money and time. Should the park be completed by a certain date or can you make it on time? (Speed worth it!) How long will you be willing to maintain your dream garden? Can you take a few hours a week or are you lucky enough to be able to pay for treatment?
As you develop and refine your plan, you may need to reconcile your time and money. Be flexible. You might have to spend more time if you can’t spend more money and vice versa.
- Determine the focus of your garden.
Every park needs a striking place where you can pause. When choosing focus, choose the direction visitors should see when they enter your park. Does your “search list” contain a waterfall or fountain? Withdrawal of the pavilion? Apple trees that bloom? In this case, identify one or more focus points for your garden.
- Create a rough design.
Take all the information that you have collected and integrate it into the work design that reconciles “desires” with “must”. Your goal is to create a satisfying and functional space.
Buy graph paper blocks with 8 or 10 boxes per inch and let each box become one foot. (In other words, every inch of paper corresponds to 8 or 10 feet of your property.) Make a basic map with the boundaries of your property and home scale.
You also need good tracing paper, markers, tape, rulers, pencils, and erasers. Place tracing paper on your main zoom card. Then return to the “Must Have” and “Want” lists while sketching different areas of the park. Shows approximate location of focus points, activity areas (“rooms”), and paths. Use as many sheets of tracing paper as possible until you find the layout you like and reach the goal set in step 1.
- Choose your plants and difficulties.
The colors and materials you choose create the character of your garden and ensure interest, movement, and visual appeal. Do you want harmonious colors or strong contrast? Warm or cold tones? Bold colors or soft shades? Combining different colors, materials and textures gives your garden a strong space sensation.
Plants are an important part of your garden. In addition to plants, hardwoods add diversity and texture – wooden pavilions, brick frames, gravel pathways, bronze sculptures and wrought iron benches.
When reviewing your preview, consider the best material for each hardscape element. Remember that each element must match and complete the whole. For example, terraces made from the same material as a house are combined, while rails around a formal garden lead to disputes.
- Scale image.
So far, you have created a basic map of the boundaries of your property and home and an overlay sheet where the focal points, “rooms” and pathways are listed. They also have a list of trees, shrubs and plants for each area of your garden. Now you need to draw a scale that shows exactly where each function goes. With this plan, you can lay sidewalks, place pavilions and vines, and plant trees, shrubs and flowers.
It is important to have enough information to actually design the garden that you just designed on paper. As long as your image or plan is large enough to achieve this goal, you will succeed.
- Follow your plan.
Before you really start building a park, check all local building codes and regulations to make sure you comply. Structures such as terraces, patios and retaining walls may require approval from the local city government. Once you have all the permits, you can start designing the park.
Use a tape measure with your image on the rock to position all structures, paths and plants. Remember to measure accurately so that every element of your design fits in the right place.
If designing a garden space sounds confusing to you, don’t panic. Just follow these steps one by one and leave the place that seems right for you. You can do it. After all, a successful garden is just another room in your house that you have successfully decorated!