Taking on a new garden can be daunting.. let's break it down. Here are the key considerations HRWGD tackle when designing clients gardens:
Whatever this primary view is - make this your beckoning call into the garden.
Create a focal point with a specimen tree, jumbo planter, sculpture, water feature or extra comfy hammock!
This is a balancing game.. WILD may not fit with your neat-freak tendencies but go-on.. you will be rewarded with birdsong and butterflies. If the wild is too bothersome add a mown-edge to the long wildflower and meadow grasses or a neat clipped low hedge to add order. The eye is drawn to anchor points that enhance the surrounding ‘chaos’.. like this boardwalk through boggy woodland.
There is JOY in the fine balance of Wild and Sculpted.
Are you more likely to be feet-up on the lounger with a G&T? You need the right sized space for entertaining and eating. You don’t want to be squeezing past each other but of course hard-landscaping (the patio) can be the most costly part so you don’t want a concrete jungle either.
Don’t forget SHADE. (The right trees do this best if you have the space)
Inevitably the borders will be too narrow for great plants to really do their thing and this tends to lead to the bland ‘patio/lawn/borders with a path down the middle’ look.
Think about your experience as you travel through the garden by creating garden ‘rooms’ with their own personality, connections, microclimates, vistas and SURPRISES.
Clay, acid, alkaline, sandy, loamy, wet, droughty, sunny, part shady or shady?.. The list goes on but don’t let it put you off experimenting with the plants you love. The garden will evolve continuously, it’ll never be ‘finished’ (that is if you plan to have a variety of plants with seasonal interest). The right place/right plant books are rife so buy one and get cracking - its fun, promise!
These add life, colour, movement and drama to the bare bones of a garden and in fact don’t have to be the finishing touches they can be the inspiration behind a garden!
At Helen Rose Wilson Garden Design we will take care of all of the above (and some) so…
Call us on 07784137352 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to see how we can help you.
It really helped when you said that having a focal point such as a yard hammock, water feature, sculpture, or any plant is a good idea. Personally, I want a hammock so that I can even take a nap in the backyard. It will be a relaxing experience after a long day or a busy week.
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Helen Wilson is a garden designer based in Mayford, Surrey, designing for private residential clients throughout the UK and internationally.