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Designing Gardens Basics

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The Designing Gardens Basics!

Like the Nike ad says, “Just Do It”. This is exactly the outlook one needs in getting good at garden designs. You can always move things around your gardens and as your thoughts and taste change, your gardens can definitely grow with you. Although there are some basic elements in the design of gardens to get right, you can consider the design of your garden to be a living art so you can be creative and free to experiment in whatever suits your taste. There are no limitations to the creativity that’s’ within, no comparisons have to be reckoned with and there is no fear of failure. Although gardening success does require  some learning and development of certain skills, at the end of the day a garden’s beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder. When you have got the designing gardens basics right just go for it and let your gardens be an expression of who you are.

Garden design and its principles used may be called by different names. There are three basic concepts when put together will result in good garden design. Ultimately your gardens’ design is up to you and will be a reflection your own personality and flare.

Garden design for small gardens is no different from design on a landscape scale. Order, balance and proportion are the basic structure of the garden. Order can be thought of as symmetrical through repeating plants or colors. Bold or bright additions bring balance as well as adding some texture. Texture is an important component. Gardens come to life with different textured plants much like human populations. All different but merging together and being brought together through unity and harmony resulting in comfort and peace.

designing gardens basicsGarden design for flower beds and shrubs

When all of the parts of the garden are flowing together it is captivating and ones’ spirit is caught up in the beauty.
Using a limited color pattern, repetition of plants and a clear focal point are the principles in this environment. Theme gardens are very calming: all one color, butterfly gardens or cross gardens keep you flowing through a kind of unity. You’ll also hear a lot of advice about starting your garden with good bones. That basically means creating an clear defining foundation, with trees, structures, paths, etc. for the rest of the garden to build upon. Evergreen is a favorite component of the good bones for obvious reasons, it is always there.
Having a focal point is a big benefit for every garden or yard. With no focal point the eye starts to wonder here and there without in any way latching onto a main feature. This is not creating the harmony you desire for your gardens or creating any attention grabbing charm. Beginning gardeners tend to pick the same flowers or bushes over and over again which has little visual interest. Planting an architectural, bold leafed plant, can bring in visual interest and escape from the monotony of sameness.

drawing garden color patternExploiting pink stone in the design colors

Last, but not least in designing gardens, is adding color to your gardens. There are endless ways of testing out your favorite colors to find out what works best for you. The best advice to heed though is to start out with 2-3 colors to keep the variety limited. Draw on your inner feelings.  You can always add new colors to your gardens as the inspiration grabs you along the way. In this fashion you keep the living painting moving sweetly in the harmony that comes from your spirit. Stick to the garden design basics and then you will have a peaceful retreat, created by you and drawing others in to share that intimate part of you.

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