Wednesday, October 18, 2017

11 Jun

3 Garden Designs Made Easy!

Not all of us have standard garden shape or an abundance of space to work with, sometimes our gardens are irregular, L-shapes or just quite small!

If you have an awkwardly shaped garden and no idea how to make the most of it take a look at our easy design guides below…

Tiny Courtyard

Keep it simple in a small garden because it can easily look over crowded. A simple, elegant design will suit most courtyard gardens and is easily achieved by sticking to a line of symmetry and working outwards.

Make the most of space saving plants. Climbers like roses, clematis and wisteria will add some colour and texture to your garden walls and fences. If you have exposed brick walls or a wall of colour, use plants to enhance it rather than hide it.

Create a central focus in your garden using a water feature, table and chairs or a large ceramic pot full of colourful plants. This will draw the eye to the middle of your garden and give you a guide as to how to plant your garden to match.

Use lighting, both natural and artificial to make the most of gloomy corners. You really can’t afford to loose space to shadowy areas so brighten them up with pastel coloured plants or uplighting.

Irregular Shape

Irregular shaped gardens can actually be more of a blessing than a curse. The irregular shape allows you to be more relaxed with your design and what you plant. Try to draw out the shape of your garden and play with ideas on how to create something original with your boundries.

Try to ignore the boundries you already have and focus on the space within those boundries. Boundries can be made to blend more into the garden by planting climbers and tall perennials around and infront of the fences or walls.

Plant outwards from the boundries to the centre of your garden, obscuring the irregular shape and creating your own. Break up the space using pots, seating and plants on different levels for a less formal look.

If you want to use paving in your garden try strong geometric shapes to give a sense of balance and space. If you are more interested in a natural looking path create a continuous route through your garden to help it flow and add interest.

L-shaped  

Create something original with your L-shaped garden this summer. You can really benefit from making the most of your garden space and even create a ‘two room’ effect.

Create a seating area in one part of the garden to function as a focal point and make the rest of the garden easily accessable. Keep it simple by using plain paving in this area and planting one colour scheme throughout.

Cover the corner of the L with climbing plants or exaggerate it with some sort of feature and up lighting. Either way it will feel less like a barrier to you. An L-shaped garden can conceal anything you like from the other side. A pond or water feature is perfect for this as it gives you a reason to use both parts of the garden.

Even though an L-shaped garden can be separated into two individual spaces with different functions they should still remain connected. Link the two areas using the same plants, paving or shapes.


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