Importance of Space in Garden Design

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated July 3, 2015)

When designing a garden, there are several different things that you really should keep in mind. One of the most important of these things that you need to keep in mind is space. Learning how to properly understand the importance of space in garden design can be a huge help. Luckily it's not all that difficult, and there are a few guidelines that you can use to help you understand that importance. Read over these guidelines, and them keep them in mind when you begin designing your next garden.

  • The type of space. When looking at the area that you will be using for your garden, you don't initially want to think about the type of garden you will plant, but the type of space that you have to work with. For example, are you going to be working with an area that size of a large backyard, an acre or more, or even something that is so small it will only fit on a balcony? Basically, knowing the type of space that you have to work with will allow you to properly direct your plans.
  • Provides the proper frame. Another thing to keep in mind about space is that it will give your garden the framework to work within. In fact, if you look at a garden as if it were a picture, then the outside limitations of the workspace would be the frame of that picture. When looking at the garden as a whole, pay particular attention to the empty spaces such as the yard or patio. When utilized properly, these empty spaces can help draw the eye towards the areas that you want looked at the most. In effect, the empty spaces can help to completely dictate how your overall garden is viewed.
  • Area to work. Don't forget that your garden is going to be a workspace as well as a beauty space. This means that you will need to plan accordingly, and not have everything too close together or crowded. If you do not remember this, you can easily end up creating cluttered and disorganized look to your garden.
  • Area to store. Perhaps one of the largest mistakes that many people make when thinking about the space for their garden and lawns is that they try to fill up all the empty space. In other words, they use the large empty spaces as a place to store thing such as patio furniture, barbecues, swings, and so forth. While you can always have some of this in your garden, do not overburden the design with shapes that don't flow with the rest of the garden. Basically, incorporate whatever accessories you can appropriately so that the space flows. Do not use the empty space as a storage space.

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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. ...

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