Garden design

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:

  1. Start planting out natives around the border first – to create privacy and windbreaks where they are needed,
  2. Then plant at the back with trees and bushes over 2m,
  3. Next plant in a second row in from the fence with smaller bushes 2 to 1 m high,
  4. Lastly, in a third row close to the edges and footpaths, I’d plant anything less than half a metre and the ground covers.

One thought on “Garden design”

  1. Choosing the right plants for your garden is very important and arranging it the right way gives justice to it.

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