Creating a design that works for you and your garden

When it comes to gardening, it’s tempting to rush out to the garden centre, grab a trolley-load of plants and stick them in the ground. But it’s worth spending a bit of time thinking about what you actually want from your garden, and what sort of garden you want. How will you use it? What do you want it to look and feel like?

We’ll look at some basic garden design principles: what makes a garden ‘work’. Remember though, that this is your garden. You don’t have to adopt a particular style or colour scheme for your garden just because a designer says so. But it’s worth knowing some basic rules – even if it’s only so you can ignore them. In the end, the right style for your garden is what makes you happy and brings you pleasure.

In this topic, we’ll be working through the sections below. (At the moment, I’ve only included design ideas for square gardens. Many of these ideas apply to all types of gardens, but I’ll be adding more information on other shaped gardens as we go):

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