How to design a garden

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How to design a garden

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Having the right garden that suits your lifestyle can be a great addition to your home and family. We’ll give you some handy tips when planning your garden, including advice about considering your lifestyle, climate and the aspect of the sun.

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Draw a garden plan
2 Plan where your plants will go
3 Check out what grows locally
4 Choose a garden type
  • Step 1. Draw a garden plan

    Draw a rough plan of the area of the garden you want to redesign. Include where your home is, any walls and sheds or existing structures and where there is paving. This will allow you to work around these existing features. Also mark on the plan the aspect of the sun, where it sets, where it rises and which parts of the garden get the most sun.

  • Step 2. Plan where your plants will go

    After you’ve worked out which are the sunny and shady areas of your garden you can then choose the right plants for those conditions. Your local climate and soil conditions will also help to determine what will grow well in your garden.
  • Step 3. Check out what grows locally

    If you’re not sure what to plant in your garden, a good tip is to take a walk around your local neighbourhood. This will show you what grows well in your local soil and weather conditions.

  • Step 4. Choose a garden type

    You also need to consider what type of garden you want. If you have kids or pets, this may affect your choice. Different garden types include a native garden, cottage garden, tropical or even vertical gardens. Whatever style you choose, it’s a good idea to keep it looking simple and stick to the same style throughout your garden. 

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