How You Can Improve Your Garden Now

Gardens should be for sitting in and relaxing. That’s certainly my motto. A nice garden is one of the most relaxing places to be on a nice sunny day. But nice gardens don’t happen by accident, they need to be planned properly.

Now is the perfect time to start thinking about how you can improve your garden. Some people prefer to think about their garden only in the Spring. However, I think the perfect time to to be planning your garden is right now.

Now is when it’s fresh in your mind which bits of your garden worked and which bits didn’t. You’ve spent the summer using your garden, maintaining what is there and trying to get the best from it. Now is the time to make it fantastic for next summer, so all you have to do is sit back and relax in your favourite comfy chair.

Where To Start?

Grab a pen and paper and jot down your answers to the following questions:

  1. Which bits of your garden didn’t look good this year?
  2. Why didn’t those areas look good?
  3. What can you do now to improve it?

1 Which Bits Of Your Garden Didn’t Look Good?

It might be that there’s just a few gaps in your planting border that can be easily fixed by a trip to a local garden centre to see what is looking good now. If it’s more than just a lack of plants, then you need to take a look at the shape of your garden.

2 Why Didn’t Those Areas Look Good?

It all comes down to shape. Not the external shape of your garden, but the internal shapes you’ve created. The lawn and patio areas are the most critical to get right. The mistake most people make is to put things here and there in the garden, the lawn then becomes an odd shape to accommodate new features. It should be the other way round. The lawn and patio shapes should be the most important shapes to get right and the areas that are left to make the planting beds and areas that features can go.

3 What Can You Do Now To Improve Your Garden?

Reshaping your lawn so that it is a coherent shape will work absolute wonders for your garden. As simple as it is by just reshaping your lawn, it can bring amazing results. That’s assuming of course you get the right shape!

The Key To Success

Keep it simple. Simple geometric shapes work best, especially in small gardens. Larger gardens can lend themselves to free-flowing curved shapes, but even these need to work as a whole entity.

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Rachel Mathews
Rachel Mathews

Professional international garden designer for over 30 years. My mission is to de-mystify garden design and make it easy for people to successfully design their own garden - without needing to spend a fortune!

    2 replies to "How To Give Your Garden A Makeover This Autumn"

    • Stacey

      Wow! Thanks so much for these wonderful tips! I was just looking at my garden today and thinking it seriously needs a makeover (or at least a good exfoliating scrub!). Thanks so much for the inspiration and encouragement I need! Best, s

    • Rachel Mathews

      Thanks Stacey, glad you’ve found them helpful. Now’s definitely a good time to get scrubbing out the old and making way for a great new garden!

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