City Gardens Exeter: How to Design a Garden

garden with patio, flowers and two benches

Choosing Your Garden Design Style

A beautiful garden can really make a home, but many homeowners don’t know where to begin when it comes to how to design a garden. For many, the choices can feel overwhelming. This is why, at City Gardens Exeter, we have broken down the steps for you. By following this advice, you will be one step closer to choosing your perfect garden design style.

Develop your garden ideas

Gardens come in many different shapes, sizes and styles. You may be lucky enough to have a spacious cottage garden where trees, shrubs and flowers can thrive. Or you might have a smaller city garden which you want to make more of. You could also think about whether you would prefer a contemporary garden with garden furniture for al fresco dining, or a wildlife-friendly garden where your plants have space to grow and support the local birds and insects. If you’re stuck for ideas, use our gallery to inspire you.

Get the structural elements in place

The hard landscaping is the bones of a garden whilst the plants are the flesh. Whether your vision is a small city garden with a patio and a modern drive or a quaint cottage garden complete with pond, ample plants and traditional brick, the structural elements of your garden such as walling, fencing and decking must come first. Think about the size of your garden, its shape and whether it faces north or south. Note down your findings and draw a quick sketch your garden, including dimensions. As garden design specialists, we at City Gardens Exeter would be more than happy to show you how to design a garden and help with the landscaping.

Consider planting

The garden design you choose will come to influence your planting choices. Although landscaping itself must always come before planting, it’s advisable to keep planting in mind. For example, if you have your heart set on cottage-style flowers, be sure to stay away from contemporary decking or fencing materials because these won’t complement the cottage style you had in mind. It’s also a good idea to consider which areas of your garden are most likely to catch the sun, and which areas are shadier when you make your design plan. Research which flowers prefer the shade and which prefer the sun.

Once you have completed these steps in your garden design, construction can begin!

We hope that you have found this advice on how to design a garden helpful. Our most important point is a simple one: start with a solid landscape design. Also, remember to enjoy the design process. Your garden is your space and any good landscape designer will be sure to take on board your ideas and work with you to make your garden dreams come true.

For more tips and inspiration, why not take a look at our blog? Or, if you want to know more about making the most of your garden, get in touch. We offer a free consultation with a landscape gardener.

Posted on November 28th 2018

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