In this garden design video tutorial you’ll see the design process from start to finish – lots of trade secrets given away in this one… (it was one of my first ever videos, so no laughing at the somewhat wooden intro!)
This courtyard garden design video can be viewed along with many more videos on the Successful Garden Design YouTube Channel.
Keep to the Garden Design Brief
The clients came up with lots of good ideas: raised planting borders, seating and illusion trellis focal point at the end of the garden. It was a nice change to have some of the thinking done already!
When designing anything it is important to consider the function of the area. This courtyard will mostly be used for a cool place to sit and have afternoon tea. It is two flights of stairs below the main living areas, so won’t be used much for dining.
Set Your Sights
As shown in the garden design video, it is really beneficial to work out how the garden will be viewed before you start to design it. When you know which views are the most important, you can set the garden design up to maximise these views.
Find Your Centre
The line running down the middle of the garden is the centre line – it is only really necessary to know if you are planning on creating a fairly formal scheme that needs symmetry. Because of the shape of the courtyard and in order to keep the centre line parallel to the house, there were two centre lines. A centre line from the back of the garden and the other centre line from the middle of the front of the garden.
Simplicity is Key
When you start to rough out the garden design, it helps if you keep the shapes as simple as possible. Simple shapes, to begin with, help make it easier to see how well you are using the available space and that everything is in proportion.
Before the design is finished, it is vital to check that everything lines up as it should and paths are of equal width. Double check by measuring everything you have drawn. A couple of millimetres out on the paper can be ten centimetres on the ground. You may not notice it’s not correct on paper but it will show when the garden is built.
So How Does a Garden Design Go From a Drawing Into Reality?
If you ever wanted to see how a garden is constructed, then the next video in the series will show all. But will it all go to plan? Find out in the next video…
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