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Planning your garden project

A perfect garden needs a perfect plan. Follow our useful tips to design a layout that meets your needs and interests whilst complementing your home and lifestyle.

Design

When most people move into a new home they often concentrate on getting the house right first and then start to think about the garden.

If the house is being built from scratch however, or there is an extension being built, then it is a good idea to plan the garden developments so that the heavy ground works can be carried out utilising the machinery already on site.

Also access may be difficult after the event so always try to think about the design of the garden before building work commences.

Before doing anything major, spend some time in the garden getting a feel for what works and what doesn’t, which plants and trees are adding value and which ones should go!

The style of interiors and the look of the house will usually determine how the garden design should be themed, whether contemporary or traditional.

When ready, draw up a ‘scale’ plan of the garden. For small to medium sized plots use a scale of 1:50 which means 2cm is 1m. Once you have the dimensions draw in patio/seating areas from the house giving enough space for entertaining. A patio less than 3m wide is usually too tight, try to go for 4m minimum even if it is not all the way across.

Next sketch in where the paths should go and walk the route in the garden to make sure it is a natural way you want to walk.

Leave at least 1m for beds and borders or more in some areas, keeping borders to a minimum does not necessarily make the garden look bigger. Layers of beautiful plants add texture, form and colour and create a haven for wildlife, which actually gives a feeling of more space.

The rest of the area will probably be the lawn but try to keep the shape simple so it is easy to maintain.

Straight edges are easy to manage and give a modern look in contrast to curvy, informal lawns which are more naturalistic.

Plan your project

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A perfect garden needs a perfect plan. Follow our useful tips to design a layout that meets your needs and interests whilst complementing your home and lifestyle.

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