How to design a garden



Everybody can grow plants, but only a few can arrange them in a beautiful landscape. It takes a lot of efforts and skills to blend your garden with your house and make the entire property look good. Few understand that gardening plants in the right way can actually increase property values. It also becomes a kind of style statement of your house, as many passerbies may recognize your house through the kind of garden you have. You can even design areas for your dog, and children’s play equipment to make it look more contemporary.

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Of course, we are talking about a good and beautiful garden and how we can design in, but what’s the point if it’s beautiful and not practical. One good recommendation before you go ahead with designing your garden is to talk with your family members, and write down the points on how they think should the garden space be used.

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Not many people know this, but colors play a very important role in designing it. Just planting different kinds of plants for the sake of planting is not a good concept. Just like you think of colors and textures for your interiors, think of colors when designing a garden. You should take into consideration the shape of flowers, the shape of leaves, textures of bark and blend them together perfectly to get the effects of colors from a distance. For instance, a bunch of blue flowers with pale yellow ones to give your garden a contrasting effect. Cool colors like blue and purple are pleasant to the eyes and therefore should be placed near the house, warm colors like yellow, orange and red should be placed at distance.

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Before you go ahead and buy the items for garden landscape, think about what you and your family likes and what will suit better with the exteriors of your house. There are planting fashions that change with time and you need to keep a check on what is the current planting fashion. Something like chartreuse-leaved plants with purple-leaved plants which are currently in trend in many parts of the world. If you have a huge garden space, try to use formal landscaping styles near your home and as the distance from the home increases, style your garden informally and let it blend with the natural surroundings.


Published by in How To, Tips, and Advice, on September 1st, 2009

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