This Garden Design Show episode features the first quick-sketch challenge. In ten minutes or less, Rachel will come up with as many ideas as she can for a viewer’s garden in the UK.

You’ll be able to see how to plan a garden from scratch and how important correctly dividing the space in your garden is. Rachel will show you how to make your garden look more visually interesting by using some cunning design tricks. She’ll also show you how you can get a feel of the perspective, to help you visualise how your finished garden will look.

She will also discuss the costs of getting your garden built as well as how you can reduce costs to work to your budget. This episode also covers how to create a low-maintenance garden, that suits your home and tastes.

Rachel will also give you the answer to the question featured in the last episode and tell you how you can submit your garden to be featured as part of the show.

What Would You Like to See Covered in Future Shows?

I’d love to get your ideas for future shows so that this can be as beneficial to you as possible. Leave a comment me know what topics you’d like me to delve into in future episodes in the comment boxes below?

If you’d like your garden to be featured for the quick sketch design challenge, enter your details here: https://www.successfulgardendesign.com/contact/. Subscribe via the Successful Garden Design YouTube channel (iTunes coming soon).

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Rachel Mathews
Rachel Mathews

Professional international garden designer for over 25 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!

    31 replies to "[DESIGN SHOW 2] – How to Design a Garden"

    • Successful Garden Design
    • Laurin Lindsey

      Really enjoying your show! I am sharing them on one of my boards on Pinterest! Cheers

      • Rachel Mathews

        Thank you Laurin – that’s great to know, I really appreciate you helping to spread the word! 😀

    • Eileen Golding

      I'd like to see a garden which has plenty of space for children to play – to play football, put up tents, ride their bikes etc.

    • Eileen Sproule

      EXCELLENT! I am pinning this as well. Good Job Rachel! Your a natural. 🙂

    • Joanna

      Hello
      Thank you for your show – you fit so much into a short segment – I could watch it all day if it were longer!
      What I would love to see is some designing with rectangles/squares and how to link those. I have an area
      that is rectangular and it to me is much harder to get it to “fit” with the rest of the garden than had it been a
      circle/oval ( I must be a circle person intrinsically !).
      Kind regards and all the best for 2014 and your show
      Joanna (Australia)

      • Rachel Mathews

        Hi Joanna,

        Thanks so much for your comments, the garden I’m planning to feature in episode 5 (due out on 14th Feb) has rectangles, so hopefully that will help you… though, you can usually get circles to work in most circumstances, so if they are you favourite, I would still try them.

        Best wishes

        Rachel

    • Successful Garden Design

      Hi Eileen – thank you, I will try to get a larger garden with plenty of space featured on the show soon.

    • Christine Gorman

      Hi Rachel,

      I’ve tried sending a plan of my garden (which I think got through) but I don’t think the picture made it. Mine is a large garden which I would like to have a large space left for the boys to kick the football around and not have to put up with me moaning about them damaging my plants., and an area for colourful planting and private relaxation where we can’t be seen by neighbours. It would be interesting to see what you could come up with in your 10 minute sketch.

      Christine

    • Kim Halyak

      I'd like to see gardens dedicated to edibles–but done with beautiful design

    • Successful Garden Design

      Spookily enough Kim, that what's the very next episode covers – edibles in a modern garden – check back on Tuesday to view it!

    • kevin kelly

      your audio is missing

      • Successful Garden Design

        +kevin kelly Hi Kevin – try refreshing the page, that should do it. The audio is there.

    • nirav dinmali

      Thanks a lot. I am going to do my own garden design (15 meters by 65
      meters) for the first time ever and I was unable to think how to think :-).
      Your videos are much more practical then anything else I have seen and
      read.

    • nirav dinmali

      Thanks a lot. I am going to do my own garden design (15 meters by 65 meters) for the first time ever and I was unable to think how to think :-). Your videos are much more practical then anything else I have seen and read.

    • 3bdura7man

      Wow! Such beauty!
      I was lost where to start in designing my landscape!
      Now I had a clue😅
      Thank you very much

      • Successful Garden Design

        Thank you so much for your kind words and best of luck with your garden 🙂

    • Nachatar Dhaliwal

      Great videos but the voice only comes through in left channel. music is
      through both so definitely a production issue

      • Successful Garden Design

        +Nachatar Dhaliwal Thank you for your comment and I am glad you enjoyed the videos. We will definitely work on the quality of the production. Thank you 🙂

    • Nachatar Dhaliwal

      Great videos but the voice only comes through in left channel. music is through both so definitely a production issue

    • RobWhittlestone

      Hi Rachel I just discovered your channel and subscribed. We are close to
      buying a new house in Switzerland and are looking to provide character for
      our very plain rectangular plot next to Bauhaus style house. The design
      aspect is absolutely key! You made that point crystal clear! Brilliant! We
      anticipate a mix of materials for the hard landscaping – wooden deck,
      jurassic limestone, and maybe granite. We’re aiming for a lush hideaway as
      well as a formal part as key elements. Initially on 2 sides at least it
      will be open land. It’s going to be fun trying to create this!
      Thank you for this great series! All the best, Rob with Danièle

      • Successful Garden Design

        Thank you so much Rob and Daniele. I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed the video and found it helpful. Thank you again and best of luck with your garden 🙂

    • RobWhittlestone

      Hi Rachel I just discovered your channel and subscribed. We are close to buying a new house in Switzerland and are looking to provide character for our very plain rectangular plot next to Bauhaus style house. The design aspect is absolutely key! You made that point crystal clear! Brilliant! We anticipate a mix of materials for the hard landscaping – wooden deck, jurassic limestone, and maybe granite. We’re aiming for a lush hideaway as well as a formal part as key elements. Initially on 2 sides at least it will be open land. It’s going to be fun trying to create this!
      Thank you for this great series! All the best, Rob with Danièle

    • sujanith tottempudi

      thank you, for the wonderful description. would you also do balcony
      gardens?

      • Sampath K

        Its insane that you are using Buddhas picture for personal profile. Please dont ruin such a great philosophy.

    • sujanith tottempudi

      thank you, for the wonderful description. would you also do balcony gardens?

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    • Alison J Brown

      Very talented! Some lovely ideas. Thank you.

    • Sara Akthar

      hi, you are very telented .can you tell me behind your in wall pink flowers plant name

      • Successful Garden Design

        Hi Sara, it is Bougainvillea. Thank you so much for your kind words and I am glad you enjoyed the video.

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