In the latest issue of Scotland Grows magazine, I share my top tips for designing a garden.
The feature is the first of a two-part special, where I help you to make plans for your own garden oasis - whether it’s a new garden in the making, or a bit of a revamp to what you have existing.
Firstly, my favourite bit… the ‘wish list’. Where you make a list of all the things you want for your garden. Enjoying morning coffee in the sun; dining with friends and family; growing herbs and veg; basking in the sun. Go on... let your imagination revel in the possibilities.
Practicalities must be covered too and we add these to the list. After all, a garden has to function as well as look beautiful and there’s likely to be utility and storage needs.
The garden itself also has its’ story to tell - areas of sun and shade; drainage; views; areas crying out for a focal point – to name just a few. Analysing your garden space adds many more elements to the mix.
When I first visit a garden, I have lots of ideas of how it can be designed. But the important part is to get the right design for the client. Everyone person and every garden are unique, so it’s hugely important that we collect all these pieces of the puzzle before we start. That way we make sure it’s a good fit for your lifestyle and taste.
The backbone of a garden is its’ layout and the materials it is constructed with. The plants then become its’ window dressing - they fill a garden, as furnishings fill a house. You wouldn’t dream of setting out your sofa before your house was built. Get the structure right first and your plants will then come in and compliment it wonderfully.
Want to know more? Scotland Grows is available digitally and is free to subscribers. The perfect place to share my top tips and expertise. Visit www.scotlandgrowsmagazine.com to receive your copy and read my article in full.