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The Basics Of Garden Design For New Home Owners

 If you’ve just moved into the home of your dreams, that has a lot of potential and you’re keen to make it the best looking house on the street, you’re going to need to design the garden just right. But don’t worry - there are plenty of landscaping principles to use to your advantage here, even if you don’t know a thing about gardening in the first place. And with that in mind, here are the top 3 ‘basics’ to keep in mind when you’re trying to tame the jungle in your backyard. 

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Separate a Space with Walls

Your garden is going to have quite a few functioning spaces to it; you’re going to have a lawn, a main planting area, and a hosting area such as a patio or gazebo. And when it comes to sectioning these areas out, you can put them wherever you want! 

But there is one thing to keep in mind: try to keep them private from each other, to give you a better sense of solitude when you’re out there. 

And that means separating them with ‘walls’. Now, these walls can be anything from a simple lawn border to full on fencing, but a lot of people prefer to use hedging and other natural walls that help to improve the overall natural aesthetic of the garden in general. 

Plant in the Right Order

Design is all about perspective. You want to plant your garden in such a way that it flows, from big to small, and makes sense to the eye. Simply put, you want your big plants (a.k.a. trees) at the back, your bushes and tall flowers in the middle, and your low plant beds and flat rockeries at the front. 

So if there’s a big Fig tree slap bang in the middle of your lawn, call in a tree removal service to get rid of it! Rip out that creeping Honeysuckle if it’s climbing up the back wall of your home, and plant some to creep up the middle fencing panels instead. All in all, no matter what plants you’re planning to incorporate into your garden design, lay them out according to their size. 

Work with Big Proportions

Your garden might be a small space, or you might have quite a bit of land to work with. Either way, you’re going to want to go on the big side of things - whatever you place or plant out there needs to be sizable, to give your garden more space to breathe (by growing upwards), and to give you the impactful look you’re going for. 

So make sure that gazebo is at least one size up from the one you were going to buy, and plant way more Sunflowers than you ever meant to. It’ll help to make your space more green, and be more functional, and you’ll end up loving it more than ever.  

If you’ve got a garden to sort out, make sure you know the basics! 

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