Steps to Designing the Perfect Garden

A garden is a place of solitude – a sanctuary where you can go to relax and appreciate the great outdoors. Given its importance as a means of getting out of the house, it makes perfect sense to give your gardens design some careful consideration and thoughtful planning.

You want your garden to look beautiful while also being practical for your own particular set of requirements. Designing the garden of your dreams should be seen as an exciting project, and not one that weighs on your stress levels. Are you ready to undertake the challenge of designing the perfect garden for you?

Before you start aimlessly planting flowers and building sheds, the following are the first three steps that you should take in the deign process.

Decide on what you want from your garden.

First and foremost, you must decide on the practical requirements for the garden. What will it be used for? Who is going to use it the most? Will the garden be used for entertainment purposes? Who is going to maintain the area?

By answering a series of questions like these, you will eventually get to what the practical requirements for the garden are. It’s only then that you can move on to the next step, as you’ll have the foundation for the design process.

Get inspired.

An experienced garden designer will know the true significance of inspiration. Not an experienced garden designer? That’s ok; just keep a look out for all forms of possible inspiration. You can do this by rooting through gardening magazines and taking note of any designs or garden features that catch your eye.


Inspiration can come in the form of literally anything – an old, twisted tree, a combination of shapes and colours in a picture, a neighbours decking area or an architectural detail on a building. Get out and about and go to landscaping supply yards and interior design suppliers where you might find that one piece that will breathe life into the design scheme of your garden. If there happens to be a garden show in your area, get yourself down there as quick as possible!

Carry out a site survey.

The next step is to carry out a comprehensive site survey and analysis. You should start by measuring your house including the height and position of all the windows and doors. Take note of anything that may interfere with the design of your garden; steps, manhole covers, drains etc.

Most gardens are oddly shaped and very few are totally flat. For this reason, you’ll need to use triangulation and offsetting to plot the boundaries of your garden, the location of all the plants, features and building etc. Take note of any level changes in the surface and indicate them clearly on the survey.

You must also take a soil sample and analyse it in order to find out its level of PH, as this will determine which types of plants will prosper in your garden.

Once you’ve done each of the above tasks, you can then get creative and start the design process. It may seem like a lot of effort, but following a proper system when designing your garden is the only way to create a space that you and your family will be truly happy in.

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