The designing and planning stages of creating a garden are the most important. From scale drawings to illustrations of inspiration, it is vital to plan the implementation of basic features from every angle. A project plan involves predecessors and resource allocation as well as significant design plans to consider. It is effective to gain the perspective of others before any design plans go ahead, particularly those of family and friends as well as constructive professionals.
A detailed drawing of the entire space is first and foremost. Indications of original elements, structures and available light should be incorporated in the drawing to understand what you can work with.
Photographic inspiration can help to idealise personal requirements and any limitations. To compose an achievable plan, you should order features according to their importance. This will allow builders and landscapers to understand what is priority and what might need to be reconsidered. Some features will work better than others in certain spaces therefore some may need to be downplayed or removed. In order to alter your plans, tracing paper can come in useful to add or remove features or designs in a simple way.
A design can include specific details such as plant types and architectural names, however earlier plans should focus simply on colours and shapes. When a basic design has been created, areas of the garden can be broken down into sections to work on. This is where more detail can be put into sketches to manage your time and priorities effectively.
The four key elements to a sketch are based on the shape of your space: the floor, walls, ceiling and furniture. The floor is the grass, soil or paving. The walls consist of fences, hedges or shrubs. The ceiling can be the sky, awnings or tree branches. The furniture includes tables, chairs and décor.
10 simple tips if you decide to try your hand at garden design:
- Leave a wide berth for walkways
- Make sure steps are low and ascend slowly
- Leave space for activities and future feature additions
- Leave plenty of space above as well as across the garden (such as the height of archways)
- Distance patios from plants and walkways to avoid crowding
- Allow plenty of room for plant beds and bushes
- Look for texture and form rather than simply the colour and positioning of flowers and trees.
- Pay attention to detail and what guests may find intriguing
- If comfort is a priority, safety and utilising space efficiently is most important
- Consider water sources, electric and gas inconveniences
Keeping within your limits, budget, available space and time are key to the implementation of a successful design.
If you are interested in a new garden design, call Floral & Hardy on 0844 884 2425. Contact us today!