Skip to Content

How to Design Your Garden

Garden design is an extremely personal choice and is often a part of who you are. Some men and women like clean and well-kept gardens where there are no shockers.  Other people love the excitement of blowing paths, lots of different plant stuff and not knowing what is around the corner.

How to Design Your Garden

There are 3 main types of gardens: proper, semi-formal and casual. They can then be cut up into different types of gardens and that varies on what you would like.

Garden layout can be fully tidied to the style of your residence as in example of the large French chateaux where the symmetrical patterns of the garden imitate the symmetrical building of the home or it can have no relation to your home at all.

Many men and women are fortunate and possess this inner ability of knowing how to construct space, making it a great place to be in. Other people do not possess this ability and discover it to be extremely hard to look at how the space will come together.

To put together a great design, it is necessary to comprehend that design is about properly putting together space and men and women moving around it. 

The main part of a great garden design is round shapes and the space within these shapes. When using geometrical models, rings, triangles, squares etc., anyone can attain a unified feel to a garden.

It’s important to bring together a Feng Shui approach around your garden. Where would you want men and women to go? Ground shapes can be attained with the use of blocks, paving and plant material such as cut grass etc.

Good gardens are balanced and geometrical and are strict in terms of duplicating shapes and plant materials on any side. It is extremely regulated, plants are clipped, shaped, used often and today is often good for small gardens like court yards, pots, banisters, marble, gravel paths, parterres, formal ponds and enclosed views are all part of the official garden. There are no shockers, you know what to expect.

Casual designs are unbalanced and not as rigid. Plant material is permitted to roll over the fundamental elements such as barriers, stoops and paths. Plant material is permitted to self-seed and stroll around the flower garden.

Casual garden design is weaker, full of revelations thus you do not know what to expect.

Demi formal is the mixture of the above two. Often, it is the built structures such as maintaining walls, paths and walkways that are proper and the informal aspect is the plant material, which is permitted to spill over them, diminishing their tough outlines.

Inside these 3, there are several different kinds of gardens to choose from, such as modern, Japanese, Mediterranean, small house, courtyard, kitchenette garden or top-secret garden.

Modern is a contemporary style that wants to reflect the atmospheres, but also uses a broad range of plant material. Form and smoothness of greenery are as important as blooms.

Difficult landscaping is constructed into geometrical shaped buildings; all which flow into the broader landscape. Flowers are used as main points to emphasize the architectural forms.

Small House was a late nineteenth-century ideal to return to the simple small house of the country. They were planted with strong bulbs, blooms, fruit shrubs and herbs and vegetables. They were symmetrical, colors were balanced and extravagant as plants raised well as they were heavily fertilized regularly.

Mediterranean is not restricted to one place but are looked at according to warm summers and little rainfall. They include enjoyable areas, shade, great views and spectacular shadows.

Hot colorful flowers are used and a lot of leafy green shrubbery plants to create an amazing atmosphere. Plants must be drought tolerant. Evergreen blooms are popular because they pass shade on hot days.

Walls are put together to reflect the sun. Pergolas constructed to create shade and use terracotta containers. There is frequently a water feature and water give cooling feelings.

Japanese gardens combine spirituality and Japan’s educational history. Japanese gardens symbolize the icons related to wildlife. Flowers are ‘tamed’ and there is an importance on classic trees and shrubs. They are regulated and often understated. Real Japanese gardens are introspective a place of reflection and calmness.


If you sense feeling overwhelmed and do not know where to begin when putting together your garden, I suggest you pull apart areas called rooms.  This will divide one big room/place into several tinier spaces.

For instance: there is the front garden, the adjacent garden and the reverse garden. Once you have agreed where they begin and end, someone can then divide each of those places up again.

Take for example in the backyard garden, you may have the entertainment area, the children’s playground area, the utilities area (involves the compost heap and garage), the swimming area and the vegetable/flower area. Once you have put together the areas/rooms, you can accomplish one at a time, thus making a big project into many smaller projects.

The 3 Planning Stages

To create a unique and a promising garden, there are three sets of proposals (can be 4 if you require an engineer’s fundamental plans) you must develop: – Site Analysis Strategy, Model Plan and Planting Plan, often all drawn to scale.

The 1st Steps

To arrange a garden that is good, there are many things someone needs to do before purchasing plants and planting them. If you adhere to these steps, you are most likely to gain a well working garden.

Site Overview

  • It is necessary to build an inventory of the area you are putting together. Things to include are:
  • Concentrations – steep/flat
  • Facet – North/south
  • Sun and shade
  • Summer and Winter
  • Shades
  • Current plants and houses
  • Breeze
  • Views – positive or negative
  • Dirt conditions
  • Doors – Front/back entrance
  • Electric lines
  • Secretive cables and pipes
  • Clothing line
  • Railings
  • Garages and shed
  • Cemented and unpaved areas
  • Porch/BBQ Grill
  • Illumination
  • Drainage – overflow of thunderstorm watered

When you have completed the above, it is time to make up the space. You can make it nearly (not to level) but sooner or later you will have to make it to scale. Start out by calculating the area you are constructing, draw it to scale i.e. 1:100 and place all the beyond points onto your pulled plan. All these changes need to be drawn on a document, so that you can assess any trends.

For instance, there may be a smooth path from the back entrance to the garage, but everybody has a short cut through the lawn, forming a desired line. Nobody operates the paved path. You can choose to smooth out the desired line and force it to the main pathway.