Planning a new garden

Whether you have just moved into a new home and want to give the garden your personal touch, or you just want to revamp your current garden, once you have the vision you really need to stop and make a plan.

There are lots of things to consider when planning a garden, so you thought you might find it useful to have a few tips.

Firstly you need to think about a few practical things

Access – do you have clear and easy access in and out of your garden? This is really important for when work begins, you don’t want to order an enormous water feature and find you can’t get it into the garden.

Your soil – is it acid, alkaline, neutral, heavy, dry, light, wet, rocky, clay etc? This will have an affect on the type of plants that will grow well and flourish, or determine whether you need to consider soil modification.

Soil drainage – do you have very dry soil, or are there areas where water stands when it’s wet? You may need to help excess water drain away, which will involve soil conditioning.

Topography – is your garden sloping or level? If it’s just gently sloped you’re probably happy with it, but if it’s a severe slope you may want to consider terracing or levelling it off.

Aspect – which direction is your garden facing?

Exposure – is the garden sheltered, or exposed to the elements?

Next steps

Now it’s time to start thinking about what you’ll be using your garden for and how you want it to work. This is when you should decide whether you want a pond/water feature, pergola, rockery, vegetable patch, children’s play area, lighting, flowerbeds, greenhouse, lawn, fencing, shrubs, trees… the list goes on!

Don’t forget that most gardens will require maintenance, both physical and financial, so it’s prudent to consider these costs at design stage.

Common Elements of Gardens

It’s useful to think about what common elements of gardens should feature in yours. Items such as storage – a shed for lawnmowers/tools, outdoor tap/hosepipe, pathways, washing lines etc. These aren’t always the most attractive features and people often don’t consider them when planning their dream garden, but they are essential and planning them into your design will allow you to find the best – and in some cases, most hidden! – place for them.

Now comes the fun part!

Once you have considered all of the options above, it’s time to grab pen and paper and set off to find all the items you’d love to have in your perfect garden, from paving to furniture, and even trendy outdoor heating equipment, which seem to be growing in popularity.

Don’t forget to ask for advice, we’re always happy to help you make the right choices for your new garden and if you need someone to do the work for you, we can help you find a landscaper with the reputation and experience you need to be sure you’ll end up with a fantastic outdoor space.