Archives for October 2012

Californian Courtyard Garden Design Makeover – on a budget

Garden designers are often accused of designing gardens that people can’t afford (just read the second page of comments on the design video on YouTube if you want to get a taste of how intensely people feel about this)…

So what do you do if you can’t afford to rip up your existing garden and start again? Should you give up if you’re on a tight budget? Absolutely not! It’s true that landscaping can be costly, but it doesn’t have to be. Good design isn’t about how much money you have to spend. Good design is really about how you shape the space you have in the garden.

A Simple Courtyard Garden Makeover

Below are pictures of the Californian courtyard garden that needed a makeover. The concrete has to stay in place and there are lots of doors and windows from all four sides of the house, making it a tricky area to design.

Courtyard Garden Before Makeover

Click on the video below to see the design process needed to give this courtyard a very simple makeover and see how just adding a few planters in the RIGHT place totally changes the look and flow of the garden.

The plan below is the version the client chose.

If you’d like to learn more about how you can design your own garden then take a look at the online garden design courses I run here at Successful Garden Design. The courses can be downloaded to your computer, iPad or Android tablet enabling you to learn anytime and anywhere.

If you’d like me to do a video review for your garden then take a look at the Garden Design Clinic Page for more information.

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Small Garden Design Secrets

Small garden design can be tricky but when you know the basics of design, you can create a fabulous garden.

You can often do so much more in small gardens than you can in regular sized gardens. You’d be amazed at just how much you can do with a small space and how much larger you can make it look and feel.

I know people often find a small garden daunting and difficult but it really needn’t be. Help is at hand. I’m in the process of putting the finishing touches to a brand new mini-course on how to design a small garden. 

The mini-course includes plans for different sized and shaped small gardens, from long, narrow, wide, square to awkwardly shaped gardens, with solutions for each. Each plan also shows a ‘de-constructed’ version of the design so you can see the design shapes behind it.

There are also video tutorials that demonstrate the concepts further and a picture gallery of small gardens and plans to give you more ideas.

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