The design of the garden evolved through lots of trial and error. I was more than happy to pull up a plant and put it somewhere else – but sometimes this had fatal results! This philosophy frustrated Matt who wanted the right decision made the first time and he even tried to instal a ‘no moving plants’ rule. When we were buying plants at the nursery, Matt would ask if I knew where I was going to plant it. Of course, I never knew where it was going to end up – I was totally winging it.
Somewhere I saw the idea of throwing empty plastic pots over your shoulder to help you decided where to plant out your plants and produce a more natural feel to the area. Other advice I received which helped included:
- Repeat plant in odd numbers – preferably 3s or 5s
- Plant along fences and paths in a zig-zag fashion to replicate nature
- The recommended plant widths on the tags are often generous, so plant closer together
If I ever started a garden again I would approach it completely differently. The first thing I would do is create a wish list of features I wanted in my garden. In an ideal world, this is the order I would plant in:
- Start planting out natives around the border first – to create privacy and windbreaks where they are needed,
- Then plant at the back with trees and bushes over 2m,
- Next plant in a second row in from the fence with smaller bushes 2 to 1 m high,
- Lastly, in a third row close to the edges and footpaths, I’d plant anything less than half a metre and the ground covers.