Monday, December 9, 2013
Nature is a great element to have in any home and what better way to do this than by creating a garden? Starting a garden may be daunting. Whether you’re starting from scratch or just redoing a section of an existing garden, here are some basic steps to help you achieve your goal.
Plan your garden. The first step to any home project is proper planning. Decide on your needs and wants for your garden. Do you want an outdoor dining area where your family can gather for lovely meals and reunions? Do you have kids who would appreciate a backyard playground? These are just some of the considerations that will affect your garden layout and design. Planning your garden well and early will ensure that you have a distinct goal to work towards.
Create a specific layout. With all the considerations you’ve thought of while planning your garden, flesh out a garden layout that works for your needs and wants. Observe your garden space at various times of the day and take special note of when and where the sun casts its light throughout the day. This will help you create a better layout, one that is well suited to your habits and preferences. For instance, if you want a reading nook in your garden, you wouldn’t want too much glare but just enough light for reading. You can adjust this by adding trees for shade.
Pick out plants. Visit your local gardening store to get acquainted with different types of plants. Decide on what colors and textures you want, as this will be the primary design elements for your landscape. When picking out plants, be sure to ask how to take care of them. Know the level of maintenance and care each plant needs and pick the plants you can commit to taking care of.
Play with contrast. To keep a garden design interesting, some sense of contrast is needed. You may play with height by combining tall trees and low shrubs. It can also be a textural contrast, by using different types of plants together, perhaps some with big wide leaves and some with smaller leaves. Juxtapose the softness of flowers against rough shrubs and if you want a colorful garden, be sure the plant colors don’t clash. Mix light and dark colors for contrast, a trick you may also use with an all-green garden. - Aislinn Kee