How to plan your garden

You wouldn’t build a house without blueprints would you? And you wouldn’t go hunting for treasure without a map! Similarly, when you want to turn your outdoor space into the best garden it can be, it helps to set out with a plan.

Step 1: Find your purpose

The first thing you need to do is figure out what kind of garden you want. Do you want a space that is functional or merely aesthetically charming? Do you want your garden to be child-friendly or just a place to let your green thumb run wild?

Not every garden will fulfil every possible purpose. Thinking about the purpose behind your garden will get you planning in the right direction.

Step 2: Know your requirements

Once you have an idea of what you want for your garden, you can think about the requirements that will entail. Think about the budget you would need. If your aim is only to spruce up the area, you might have little cost beyond the essential gardening tools, which you could even lend from a neighbour. Alternatively, you might have to hire a landscaper, or buy outdoor furniture, in which case your budget would be higher. Perhaps the garden you want would require a lot of maintenance. Is that something you are comfortable with?

Are their multiple purposes you want from your garden? Like a tranquil place for you to read, with a child-friendly corner nearby for your young ones. Would you need s to section your garden with something like wooden fencing to keep your pets away from the vegetable patch?

Step 3: Work with the space you have

Now you have an idea of what you want, and what you need. But you also need to work with what you have.

Perhaps you have a small budget, in which case you might want to find a way around expensive landscaping fees, and just take on the project in a way that you can handle everything yourself. If you want an interesting garden showcasing the beauty nature has to offer, but you don’t really have time and energy to maintain it, consider low-maintenance gardening, called xeriscaping.

Do you have enough space for your requirements? If not, think about how to maximise a small garden, For instance, vertical gardening is a lot easier than you would think, and can be done against any bare wall or wooden trellis.

Once you know the purpose to focus on for your garden, and you think about what you need in relation with what you have to work with, it will be easy for you to go in there and turn your outdoor area into an oasis. You don’t need a green thumb to have the perfect garden. You just need a little careful planning.