Your Year Around Flower and Garden Guide
Home  » Garden Design

Garden Design - Planning is the Key

To some, garden design is a hit or miss. It's simply finding a space for plants and planting them. Yet, whether you are planting foods, flowers, or a mixture of both, your entire gardening experience will prove to be more satisfying when you take time to design your garden. In fact, you'll optimize your space and get the most out of your plants with an organized approach to design whether gardening indoors or in your outdoor garden plotFlower Garden

Start by examining available space or create a garden plan centered around your favorite plants.

When designing a larger garden, you may end up hiring professional landscapers for help. HereÔ€™s a bonus tip: keep their numbers on file if you live in an area with harsh winters; some, like this Burlington landscaping company, offer snow plowing and removal services during the winter months, so theyÔ€™ll be able to keep your lawn looking good all year round.

Garden Design Spaces

Gardening spaces may be small or large, indoors or outdoors, in-ground or in containers. When creating a garden design by evaluating space, first take inventory of what you have.

  1. Is the space small or large?

    A large space accommodates just about any type of garden you want to design and is an excellent choice for mixing things up with a variety of annual and perennial flowers, growing fruit, vegetable gardens, and herb garden design.

    Small spaces are good places to begin a layered garden or a vertical garden. A kitchen corner is a great indoor spot to grow herbs.

  2. What kind of light does the area get?

    Don't overlook a northern exposure. Ferns and mosses love hiding from the sun and many other plants welcome a shady location. Even a northern window provides adequate light for some indoor plants.

    Choose a southern or western exposure for sun-loving plants like sunflowers. Morning sun (eastern exposure) makes tulips dance and indoor-growing African violets brighten a rainy day.

  3. Is rainfall plentiful or will you need to frequently water or use an irrigation system?
  4. What structures or landscape elements are near you space?

    Perhaps you can create a rock garden out of that rock pile?  Do you have a water feature that you could transform into a water garden desing

    Is that garden wall an eyesore that you could remake into eye candy? Could that old garage become your garden shed or hobby greenhouse?

  5. Designing for Plants

    Most gardeners have a favorite plant or two… or ten! For many, the most difficult part of gardening is limiting the number of different cultivars we plant. A good garden design can help you narrow down your favorites and find room to cultivate some new ones as well!

    Make your favorites stand out from the crowd by creating a specialty garden like a wild flower garden or a butterfly garden. Learn how to brighten up your d├ęcor with cut flowers without disturbing the aesthetics of your outdoor flower garden.

    Use our ideas for garden design plans or tips on garden design magazines and free garden design software to help you get the most out of gardening by creating your own garden design. In addition to our garden design articles, listed below, our special Garden Design sections are filled with tips on Gardening Alternatives and how to create a Specialty Garden that's sure to be the envy of your neighborhood! And don't forget to browse our section on ideas in Container Gardening for both indoor and outdoor gardens! Indoor Flower Container Gardens

    Please use our Site Map or Plant A to Z page to find specific information on how to add your favorite plants to your garden design. Browse through our PDF library for longer articles that you can save or print as a handy gardening reference.

    Garden Design Spaces

    Gardening spaces may be small or large, indoors or outdoors, in-ground or in containers. When creating a garden design by evaluating space, first take inventory of what you have.

    1. Is the space small or large?

      A large space accommodates just about any type of garden you want to design and is an excellent choice for mixing things up with a variety of annual and perennial flowers, growing fruit, vegetable gardens, and herb garden design.

      Small spaces are good places to begin a layered garden or a vertical garden. A kitchen corner is a great indoor spot to grow herbs.

    2. What kind of light does the area get?

      Don't overlook a northern exposure. Ferns and mosses love hiding from the sun and many other plants welcome a shady location. Even a northern window provides adequate light for some indoor plants.

      Choose a southern or western exposure for sun-loving plants like sunflowers. Morning sun (eastern exposure) makes tulips dance and indoor-growing African violets brighten a rainy day.

    3. Is rainfall plentiful or will you need to frequently water or use an irrigation system?
    4. What structures or landscape elements are near you space?

      Perhaps you can create a rock garden oout of that rock pile? Do you have a water feature that you could transform into a water garden desing Is that garden wall an eyesore that you could remake into eye candy? Could that old garage become your garden shed or hobby greenhouse?

    5. Designing for Plants

      Most gardeners have a favorite plant or two… or ten! For many, the most difficult part of gardening is limiting the number of different cultivars we plant. A good garden design can help you narrow down your favorites and find room to cultivate some new ones as well!

      Make your favorites stand out from the crowd by creating a specialty garden like a wild flower garden or a butterfly garden. Learn how to brighten up your d├ęcor with cut flowers without disturbing the aesthetics of your outdoor flower garden.

      Use our ideas for garden design plans or tips on garden design magazines and free garden design software to help you get the most out of gardening by creating your own garden design. In addition to our garden design articles, listed below, our special Garden Design sections are filled with tips on Gardening Alternatives and how to create a Specialty Garden that's sure to be the envy of your neighborhood! And don't forget to browse our section on ideas in Container Gardening for both indoor and outdoor gardens! Indoor Flower Container Gardens

      Please use our Site Map or Plant A to Z page to find specific information on how to add your favorite plants to your garden design. Browse through our PDF library for longer articles that you can save or print as a handy gardening reference.

      Visit our own Gardeners Store it has all you need

      Related Articles :

      Spring Flower Gardens - The Start of New Garden Season

      Flowers - Fruits and Herbs  While spring is the season that every gardener anticipates, it usually arrives when it’s least expected. Snow today – thaw tomorrow. In fact, one of the...   Read More

      Tree Planting - Ecological and Enviromental Must

      The arrival of spring means that garden centers around the country are packed with people ready for planting time. Excitement about gardening is almost palpable. To ensure that this heightened level of...   Read More

      Start your Seedlings Indoors

      If you would like to germinate own seeds into seedlings for outdoor planting, then you should begin by finding a suitable location in your home where plants will grow well. They must have bright light;...   Read More