Designing the Perfect Garden

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated July 11, 2014)

Have you ever noticed how often it seems like getting your garden to look right is more of a hit and miss prospect than you would like? The reason for this is that many people do not take the necessary time when trying to design the perfect garden. By following these simple guidelines, and using plenty of imagination, you can quickly have a perfect garden. You will be amazed at how simple it really is.

  • Direct the eye, and create a sense of movement. A great method that you can use to help design the perfect garden is to direct the viewers' eye and to help create a sense of movement. This can be done through the use of color, texture, and even borders around the garden itself. Experiment with a few different methods to see which ones work the best for you.
  • Accessories can be a huge help. Use garden accessories and similar items to help create nice little "surprises" throughout your garden. Items such as mosaics, sculptures, birdbaths, gazing balls, and so on can help transform a simple so-so garden to something breathtaking. Another way that you can do this is through "recycled" items that are being used for interesting and new purposes. For example, you can use an old wheelbarrow as a planter.
  • Make the garden a reflection of you. When designing your garden, it needs to be a reflection of who you are. This means that it should be an extension of your personality, and something that makes you feel comfortable. After all, this is your garden not someone else's.
  • Instead of looking in, look out. Often, when designing a garden people will only focus on what it looks like from the street, or the front of the house. While this is important, remember that this is not the only perspective that you will be seeing the garden from. As you are planning your garden, think about what it will look like from the inside of your house as you look out. You won't be outside all the time, now will you?
  • No rules! If there is one secret that professionals landscapers don't want to get out, then that has to be that there are no rules. This means that you should not take garden design too seriously, but rather it should be something that is fun. Do what makes sense to you, as opposed to what makes sense to someone else. If you think that it will work, then chances are it will simply because it is your garden. Just remember to be consistent in what you do.

Author Bio

Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...

MORE FROM LEE

Fixing a Bad Fuel Gauge

With rising gasoline costs, one of the most frustrating problems is needing to fix a bad fuel gauge. Here are the basics ...

Discover More

Saving Energy in Your Home

Saving energy in your home is not just a good idea when you are looking to save some money on your energy bills. By ...

Discover More

Spring Cleaning Your Office

Whether it is time for spring cleaning or not, periodically spring cleaning your office can have a dramatic effect on ...

Discover More
More Gardening Tips

Identifying Plants for a Winter Garden

One of the most important steps for making any garden work is picking the plants that you will be growing. This is ...

Discover More

Planning a Vegetable Garden

It is never too late, or too early, to begin planning a vegetable garden. In fact, the more time you take planning your ...

Discover More

Organic Gardening for Beginners

Over the past few years organic gardening has become more and more popular. In fact, it has even reached the White House. ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured gardening tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is eight minus 3?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured gardening tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)