Successful Garden Design Tips 2 – How to use colour in the garden effectively…

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In this week’s Successful Garden Design Tips video, Rachel walks you through how to combine colours in the right way to add the wow factor to your garden!

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Successful Garden Design Tips – Video 1 – Line it up!

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Adding the wow factor to your garden with a very simple but often overlooked designer trick…

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In this quick Successful Garden Design Tips video Rachel walks you through a simple designer trick of lining up elements within the garden that make sure your design works well and flows properly in the whole garden.

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[DESIGN SHOW 19] – Mediterranean garden tour & adding the WOW with colour

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Details of William and Robert’s fantastic mountain Med garden can be found here: https://www.jardinalpujarra.com/the-garden/

If you’d like to volunteer to help in the garden, details of how to do that are here: https://www.jardinalpujarra.com/the-garden/membership-and-volunteering/

And if you’d like to stay at their lodging, details here: http://www.cortijoopazo.com

Here’s what William and Robert had to say about their garden: “It’s a mediterranean mountain garden and as such, enjoys a climate similar to a mediterranean coastal climate, but with the added challenge of cold winters and the affect of altitude.

What we find is that plants that grow here will grow very well if looked after, and those that don’t will let you know by refusing to survive no matter what we do. The hardest thing is to get plants through their first year or two.

We are always looking for volunteers to help us since most of the work is done by just the two of us. Volunteers can be residential or can offer time on a regular basis i.e. one day a week/month/whenever they can.

We also have accommodation here at Cortijo Opazo or at our Green Mountain Yurt. We can prepare meals for guests and try to use produce from the garden if we can.

Most importantly, our garden is open on Fridays from April to the end of October and for events. We welcome groups to get in touch to organise specific visits, which can be on any day, subject to our availability. Groups should be 10 or more. If a group wants to stay over in the area then we can make suggestions as to suitable local accommodation.
There’s plenty to see in the Alpujarras, a unique and fascinating part of Spain, so a visit to Jardín de la Alpujarra could be a part of a bigger trip.

Refreshments always available for visitors.

The beautiful courtyard garden in Jimena de la Frontera house for sale can be viewed here: http://www.peterguyholdings.com/property/beautiful-large-house-in-the-heart-of-jimena-de-la-frontera/

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Long, narrow, awkward side yard garden makeover – Case study

When it comes to garden design, some gardens are definitely more challenging than others. A particularly tricky one  is the long narrow side garden, which often ends up as a junkyard. It’s not really large enough to do anything with, that’s the problem.

Well actually, with a few cunning design tricks, you can turn that awkward side area into something eye-catching and dramatic that becomes an intrinsic part of your whole garden.

So, how do you design an awkward side space garden?

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Step 1

The first thing you need to do in any long narrow space garden is to try and make it look wider. The wider you can make it, the more interesting a garden design it will look and the less likely you will be to use it to store junk!

The way to make any garden space look wider is to draw the eye from one side of the garden to the other. You do this by having either focal points strategically placed or by the garden design shapes you use. In the garden featured below we did both. The planting punctuated each changing direction and the different types of gravel were used in a sweeping serpent shape which forces your eyes to move from one side of the space to the other.

Step 2

Make a dark space look brighter. The dark wall segments were rendered and painted cream. The lighter colour helps bounce light back, making the space brighter and therefore look larger.

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Step 3

Link the side area into the main garden. It’s important that the garden works as a whole entity and isn’t seen as a series of unrelated parts. By having the gravel path and stepping stones wrapping round the decking area at the end of the garden, it helped link the two areas together. The continuity of materials also helps link the two areas together.

By clearing out the junk, lightning the walls and creative use of the space, this dark dingy side garden looks twice the size and will hopefully never be used to store junk again!

Need more help?

If you have a long, narrow or rectangular shaped garden and would like ideas, plans and a step-by-step guide on how to transform it, check out the long garden formula. It’s an online course with written content and video tutorials that will guide you step-by-step on everything you need to do to completely transform any long garden into something amazing.

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The FREE training is approximately 1hr and will show you exactly what it takes to design your garden quickly and easily.

Front garden design makeover – Case study

Front gardens can be difficult to get right because often as not, they have to be functional, to accommodate the car and driveway or utility area for bins.

Just because a driveway is there, it doesn’t mean to say that the area should not be treated as a garden and be made to look beautiful.

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So how do you go about making a practical space a beautiful one?

Step 1 Design it as if it were a garden first, then make it practical.

This is the most important part of the design process. If you get too bogged down in the practicalities of having a functional driveway or a place to store the bins etc., then you often won’t be able to come up with something that looks pretty.

Whereas if you tackle it the other way round and have a garden first and foremost, do the design you’d like to have, and then work out how to accommodate the car and a drive etc., then it becomes much easier to create something of beauty.

Step 2 Get creative with the shapes that you use.

Your front garden doesn’t have to be bland and boring. Experiment using sweeping bold curves, circular shapes, or if you have a very modern house perhaps interlocking block shapes.

If the area is small, try to use shapes and materials that will visually make space larger.

Step 3 Now you need to make it practical.

So, now you’ve designed your front garden as you would had it has been just a garden, we need to start to think about how you can incorporate space for a car or utility area, or whatever your practical needs are for your front garden.

So obviously, you will now need to modify what you’ve already done on paper, but doing it this way round will enable you to create something much more artistic and visually pleasing.

If you have to accommodate a car into your driveway, allow a lot more room than you think you need.

Front garden case study

Before the builders added an extension to this house, the front garden had just been lawn with a few plants. After the building work had finished, there wasn’t much of either left! However, the owners did not want to go back to having a plain old boring lawn. For a start, there’s the additional maintenance of grass cutting, and they thought that it could look better than just grass.

In our case study garden, a bold sweeping curve shape was cut into the tarmac drive and then small natural stone paving slabs were laid in a random bond, mixed with light coloured gravel and planting.

The paving slabs were of a thickness that if they needed an additional car parking space, near where the pot is on the photograph below, they could take the weight without cracking.

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Thymes were planted in gaps left in the paving, and these could take being driven on occasionally. This allowed for the area to still look like a garden, yet function as a parking space.

The paving also functioned as a path to the front door as well as around the planting sections. By using the same material all the way through, and in their relatively small sizes, it makes the area appear larger and the consistent use of materials brings clarity to the scheme.

Need more help?

If you’d like to learn more about exactly how you can transform your garden, then check out the online garden design courses I run here at Successful Garden Design.

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