What makes for good garden design? It's such a subjective topic...although one should not ignore strong technical elements. Consumer garden needs are always changing which means that the 'design sands are always shifting'. Here are just a few thoughts on what is needed to make a good garden great....writes guest blogger Philip Voice. I am not too sure that any single … [Read more...] about What makes a great garden?
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!) If you missed part 1 the garden survey or part 2 drawing a scale plan click on the purple links to view them This courtyard garden design video can be … [Read more...] about How to Design a Courtyard Garden [part 3]
In this garden design video tutorial we take a look at how to turn all those measurements you took from the last video and translate them into a usable drawing - the scale plan. You can also view this drawing a scale plan video along with many more on the Successful Garden Design YouTube Channel. Why bother, though? I mean, really, who wants to spend any of their free … [Read more...] about How to draw a garden site survey plan to scale [part 2]
When I do garden design consults there is one sentence I hear over and over again: “Oh we just put that there because we had a gap, it doesn’t have to stay there”… What the ‘that’ is, can be anything from a summerhouse to a birdbath or anything else you care to imagine. To most people, the assumption that an awkward area they don’t know what to do with (or somewhere they have … [Read more...] about Garden design – Be careful of the ‘gap trap’!
I was discussing garden design with Alison Kerr from Loving Nature's Garden the other day, specifically about how tough it can be to visualise how the garden design changes you want to make will look. The sentence “I just can’t visualise” has been muttered into my little ears more times than I care to remember from my garden design clients. But Alison’s remark got me … [Read more...] about How to visualise your garden design (especially if you can’t visualise!)
Why would you want to design your garden, you have better things to do with your time - right? Well only you can answer that but if you want a really good garden then, I'll answer it for you - YES, you most definitely do need to plan a garden! Still not convinced landscape planning is worth all the effort? OK, let's go with the assumption that you have a zillion other … [Read more...] about Why Having a Garden Plan Saves Time & Money