The Easter weekend tends to be a time when a lot of people start to think about their garden. If the weather is nice, every garden centre across the land will be jammed packed with people frantically purchasing plants for their garden.

The serious folks are lining up at 9am on Good Friday and are probably back on the Saturday for yet more plants. And by Monday the ‘Day-trippers’ are out in force, milling about being seduced by impulse buys.

Which One Are You?

The serious shopper determined to get your garden finished by the end of the Bank Holiday weekend or the impulse buyer? It doesn’t actually matter which category you fall into, either one is equally valid. What matters is what you spend your hard earned cash on. You might have a list of things you think you need and still buy the wrong things. And equally, you may be seduced by an impulse buy and strike lucky with a great purchase. Who knows!

A Game of Chance

When you consider what cautious folks most of us are in day to day life, it’s amazing how all that caution goes out the window when it comes to our gardens. Without really knowing what we are doing, we rush off to the nearest garden centre, spend a big chunk of cash on plants, statues and anything else that catches out eye, come home, strategically scatter out new purchases around and then expect the magic of nature to do the rest…. sound familiar? Come on, we’ve all done it at one point or another.

Trouble is, that method doesn’t work particularly well. It is a game of chance doing it that way. If you’ve loads of surplus cash lying around, taking a gamble can be fun. If you haven’t, nothing is more disappointing than spending time, money and effort and not achieving the results you really want.

If Only You Knew!

Most people don’t fully understand garden design. They have a rough idea of what is involved but not really. People assume I arrange plants for a living. In part that is true, but it is only a small part of the job. A truly great garden is so much more than the plants it contains.

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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!

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