By Neil*, Guest writer for Chiprang.com Every time we bring a new plant home from the nursery and as soon as we have decided where to put...
Every time we bring a new plant home from the nursery and as soon as we have decided where to put it we have turned into a garden designer. Designing your garden on the fly is just one of the many pleasures our gardens can give us, but it can also leave your garden looking incoherent and out of place.
So follow these simple suggestions and you will have a garden that is fun, functional and above all else, it will still have your personality.
Plan ahead: Though your garden may not have certain features like a patio or green house, that is not to say that will always be the case. With these additions will usually come large industrial machines, so its important to ensure that there will be ample access if needed. Also make sure that lawn mowers have easy access in and around your garden and remember that shrubs and trees grow, and if some just fit a space now, there is a good chance it will outgrow its new home quickly. So it will need to removed, re-homed or manicured to keep it in toe.
Find a focal point: a focal point is something that draws your eye. Something that stands out in your landscape, without looking out of place. If you are lucking enough to have a large garden then a tree of some sort would not look out of place while a more modest feature like a bench or statue would better suit a small urban garden.
Add some life to your garden: this may sound like redundant advice, but try and add some life to your garden either through ornamental grasses swaying in the breeze or flowering plants that will attract birds and insects. Doing this will help to bring your garden to life and transform it into a truly living thing.
Make your house a part of the garden: use shrubs and plants to help soften the hard edges of your house, but take care not to overdo it as the overall design and architecture of the house could be lost in a jungle of overgrown shrubbery.
Nothing is set in stone: your garden should grow and evolve through the years, but nothing lasts forever. A tree, shrub or even your focal point may have been the center piece of your garden but there is nothing to say that these cannot be removed and once the space has been opened up again with it will come new possibilities and opportunities.
The garden center is not always your friend: though many may not agree with this I think it is still worth knowing. A trip to the garden center is a treat we all welcome but what may seem like a bargain today could end up costing you a in the long-run, with time needed to prune and maintain it. For this reason it is wise to know the full growth size and also the growth rate of a plant before you decide to take it home with you.
Lastly, your budget is not the key to the success of your garden, it's how chose to spend it. The key is to choose a plant not because of its price tag but where it will be positioned in your garden and whether it will add or detract to the overall look and feel of your garden.
About the author:- Neil is from My Garden Hammock, a site dedicated to taking life easy and using a garden hammock to do just that.