Planning Your Garden

Planning Your Garden

You may have a brand new garden, with very little in the way of features, or a well-established plot, ranging from one that is overgrown and tangled, to one that is almost perfect for you and your family. Each of these situations will involve a different approach to planning; a new garden offers you a clean slate to work with, whilst an established one will require you to take into account existing features and planting.

When creating or redesigning a garden, your main aim should be to provide a personal place that fulfils the tastes and requirements of those who are going to use it. In some ways, it is similar to designing the interior decor of a house: the three central factors are the practical considerations of the site, its proposed functions, and personal taste - in other words, what you have, what you need, and what you like.

Unlike a house, however, a garden is ever-changing, even from one week to the next. Certain plants may be stunning in one season yet quite unremarkable in the next.

In this section, we take a look at the first basic stages in planning your garden, from deciding what functions you want it to fulfil, to considering the amount of time you wish to spend maintaining it.

The Importance of Planning
Why you need to plan your garden ...
What Do You Need?
Putting together a list of requirements for your garden ...
Modifying an Existing Garden
Factors to consider when planning changes to an established garden ...
Designing a New Garden
Planning a garden on a green-field site ...
Choosing the Garden Style
Choosing whether you want a family garden, a secluded sanctuary or an outdoor living room ...
Maintenance Considerations
Matching your garden design to the amount of time you have for its upkeep ...
Creating Functional Areas
How wide should a path be? What's the minimum size of a patio? All your size and dimension queries answered here ...
Disguising Eyesores
Tips on how to disguise unsightly features such as gas tanks, manholes and dustbins in your garden ...