Gardening is naturally creative and any keen gardener can create a bespoke and beautiful garden with a little hard work and loving care. From flowers to features – you can get the garden of your dreams whatever size you are working with.
Beauty however is just one element of good gardening. A garden needs to be practical as well as attractive if you want to enjoy your efforts for years to come.
Here are some top tips for creating a practical garden without losing any of its charm.
- Know which way the sun is shining. If you want your garden to bloom ensure you know whether it is north or south facing and plan flower beds and planters accordingly. A healthy garden does require maintenance, but you also want time to enjoy it so starting off with plants that will thrive in the level of sun available will save a whole lot of time later.
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- Create space for the family. Once you have planned the look of your garden take a step back. It is all too easy to cram it full of stunning flowers, fragrant bushes and chic accessories but without dedicated space for the family to enjoy it your hard work has been in vain. Make sure you give over plenty of room for people to sit and rest and take in the experience. This could be anything from patio table and chairs to a cosy love seat nestled amidst a secret garden. With so many styles and colours to choose from you can really make a statement as well as providing a viewing gallery to your creativity.
- Provide contrast. Whatever the weather, people can enjoy your garden if you provide a contrast of light and shade, open space and cosy shelter. Consider a gazebo or check out sunbrella retractable awnings for a more space-savvy solution. Fill you shelter or shaded area with candles and blankets for outdoor living even when the sun goes down.
- Keep it safe. If you are designing a garden to have split levels, ponds or any other feature that could prove a hazard be sure to signpost it to keep everyone safe and happy. Signposting can be as literal as a sign warning of the potential hazard to something a bit more imaginative such as lighting around steps and pond edges so that they are visible even in the dark.
- Keep tools handy. If you need things to maintain or enjoy your garden there’s nothing more infuriating than having to walk the length of it to get them each time. Make sure tool sheds are central and you have easy access to what you need for when you are working in the garden. For leisure moments it always works better if your seating areas have direct access to the house so that serving food and drink it much simpler and quicker.
A practical garden requires as much forethought in terms of how you want to use the space as it does what you are going to fill it with. If you give both equal consideration your garden can’t fail to be a blooming success.