When you have a garden, you’re likely to spend more time outside. You might love spending time in your garden, or it could be something you dread going to – probably based on the current state of it. Either way, you need to think about how you can make it the place where you want to be. To begin with, let’s look at some of the key things that will help you design your dream garden.
Be realistic about your budget
If you’ve seen those TV shows where a designer comes in and completely transforms a garden in a matter of hours, then you’ll know that you don’t have to spend a huge amount of money to curate a stunning garden. However, it is worth bearing in mind that you don’t want to go hungry while you’re creating your dream garden. If you have a significant amount of money to spend on your garden, you’re likely to be able to explore and experiment with a plethora of potential options. If you have a smaller budget, not to worry, you’ll need to be a lot more creative with how you use your funds. It’s worth bearing in mind that you’ll likely need to buy some materials and tools to get your dream garden looking the way you want it to – so exploring more affordable variations of specific materials can be a great place to get started.
What do you love most?
As you’re creating your dream garden, you need to think about what you love most in a garden and focus on that. So, for example, if you love roses and want to have lots of them in your garden, then you need to think about how many and where you would like them to be placed. You also need to think about the type of rose you would like in your garden and where you can purchase them from. You don’t have to have everything in your garden. Simply choose a few things that you love most. For example, you might love having a lawn in your garden, while also having a couple of trees. Our simplest, but most effective advice: think about what you love and then build your garden around that.
Define your ‘must-haves’ and ‘would-like’s’
As you’re designing your dream garden, you need to think about your ‘must-haves’ and ‘would-like’s’. Your must-haves are the things that you simply have to have in your garden. For example, you may feel like you absolutely need a shed or a greenhouse in your garden. For the things that you want to have in your garden but don’t need, these are your would-like items. So, for example, you might want to have a tennis court in your garden. Although you don’t need one, it would be great to have one. It’s likely that you won’t be able to have everything in your garden that you want, particularly when you consider the space available. So, it’s important to know what your must-have items are and what your would-like items are in order to prioritise.
Think about the light in your garden
If you have a smaller garden, you might be able to switch the plants around each year to get the best light. If you have a larger garden, you’re likely to have the same flowers, shrubs and plants growing in the same place each year. It’s important to think about the light in your garden. For example, if you have a particular type of flower that needs lots of sun, you need to grow it in an area that gets a lot of sun – simple, right? This is likely to be the same for shade-loving plants. You can use a gardening app to get a more accurate reading of the amount of light in your garden, or talk to an expert for the most accurate reading.
Measure, measure, measure!
When you’re designing your dream garden, it’s important that you take measurements of every area. Start by measuring the length and width of your garden. You can also measure the area that you want to use for planting and the amount of space that you want to save for pathways. Think about the amount of sunlight that each area gets. This will help you to decide what you want to plant in each section of your garden. A note of caution: If you’re planning to add a raised bed to your garden, make sure that the sides of the bed are high enough to prevent pests and unwanted animals from entering it. If you have a small garden, it’s important to think about how you can use every square foot as best as you can.
Decide what to keep and what to throw away
This may sound like a strange thing to consider when you’re designing your dream garden, but it’s important that you decide what to keep and what to throw away in your garden. For example, if there’s an old bench in your garden, you may want to keep it there. However, if there are broken parts, you may want to throw it away and replace it with something new. If there’s a tree in your garden that you don’t want, you may decide to keep it until it dies naturally. If you’re unsure, it’s a good idea to ask a gardening expert, such as the team at Garden Club London, what you should keep and what you should throw away.
How do you want to use your garden?
As you’re designing your dream garden, you need to think about how you want to use it. Do you want to be able to sit in it and have a drink with your friends? Are there areas that you want to be able to play with your children? Do you want to be able to grow your own produce? Think about how you want to use your garden and then design it around that. For example, if you want to grow your own vegetables, you’ll need to plant seeds in a certain way so that they can grow properly, and make sure to designate the right kind of space for it.
Don’t forget the essentials: a watering system, soil quality, fencing and more.
As you’re designing your dream garden, it’s important that you don’t forget the essentials. This includes a watering system, soil quality and fencing. If you have a large garden, you may need to consider installing a sprinkler system so that you can water your garden all at one time. If you have a smaller garden, you might be able to water it manually. You also need to consider the soil in your garden. It’s important that you add the right amount of nutrients and minerals to the soil so that your plants grow well and stay healthy. Fencing is also a must in any garden – particularly if you want to keep pets out of your garden.
Add some colour with features like flowers and shrubs.
If you love flowers and shrubs, then these are great features to add to your garden. You can opt for colourful flowers, such as tulips, or you can go for white flowers, like lilies. You can also add trees and shrubs to your garden. These are great for adding colour and for giving your garden a finished and polished look.
Lightweight trees and shrubs that don’t need root room.
If you want to add trees and shrubs to your garden, but you don’t have the space, you’ll want to opt for lightweight trees and shrubs that don’t need root room. If a tree or shrub needs root room, this means that the roots need to be able to spread out. If you don’t have enough space in your garden for a tree or shrub with a lot of roots, you won’t be able to plant them.
Overall, it’s clear that there’s a lot to consider – but that also means there’s a lot to get excited about! Curating your dream garden is an incredibly inspiring time. Trust us – we know! Our amazing team at Garden Club London are experts in the field with an extensive portfolio of different types and styles of garden design in a variety of situations for domestic and commercial clients. Is your garden going to be up next? Get in touch – we would love to hear about your design project!