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Planning and Designing a garden
Designing a garden is a fun and enjoyable experience. There are so many things that should be taken into consideration before constructing or building goes ahead and below we expand on these in more detail. Thorough planning can be very important if you wish for the designing of your patio garden to be successful in both function and beauty. The designing process may not come naturally to all of us, so should you wish to use a company to help create your patio garden paradise, you will find links to experts waiting for you to get in touch!

Analysis, size and access points when designing
Before the designing can begin, you should establish where the garden is going to be, the size of the space and its access points, and if the ground and area is appropriate to build on. If you have a sunken garden or problems with water logging, etc then this should be resolved prior to moving forward with your designing. Foundations will need to be fully prepared if you would like to build heavy structures or perhaps entertain large crowds on patio garden furniture. You will not want to create a new patio for it to submerge into the ground, crack or ruin. Patios and decking will want to be relatively flat (with a slight surface run-off) if designing for entertaining or dining. When designing the size, you may want to think about what you plan on having there (such as furniture, heaters, containers, flower beds, BBQs or other accessories) and how it will all comfortably fit. Measure everything out on paper and be certain of every dimension used. You will also want to be able to access you patio garden with ease, certainly if it is to be used for entertaining or dining. Therefore, creating clear pathways to and from the home (patio and kitchen doors) can play an important part when designing. You may want to make the pathways wide enough for at least two people so you can pass one another for instance - or for a grand entrance, create a huge access that spans the entire width of the patio garden.

The shape and design of a garden
The shape and design of your garden are two of the main features that will distinguish it from others. Why stick to designing a traditional square or rectangular shape, when you could implement ovals, circles and a range of other angles? Why stick to designing straight lines when you can curve the backyard patio to compliment the natural surrounding? Your backyard patio doesn’t need to look rigid - it could blend in with the shapes of your lawn, passing streams, flower beds, shrubs or trees. Designing a natural shaped space can look great, but add your own creativity too. You can use string, rope or hose to help mark out the ideal curved shape for your patio garden. Consider designing dividing screens to separate parts of the garden also. These can be as natural (such as vines on trellis/pergolas, hedging, shrubs or dense trees) or as rigid (natural stone walls) as you see fit. Screening is also functional in the sense that it blocks noise and wind and creates areas of privacy. Other ways to create privacy in your design may be to use wooden fencing and overhead structures that block out unwanted views. Planting trees around the perimeter of your property or dense hedging can also create natural walls. You could consider designing paths, flows and direction around your garden that end in focal points (such as a water feature or ornamental tree), to prevent people using ‘desire lines’. You may wish to place seating in areas of high sun or shade and if you do not have shade, simply make one. What time of the day will you spend most in the patio garden? Use lighting in your designing if it will be at night. The arrangement of shapes, using symmetry, order and repetition will all help the garden have a cohesive feel and comfortable scale. Look at others for inspiration!

Designing a garden with colour
Colour is very important when designing your patio garden. You can create ambience and manipulate spaces with the colour and texture of plants. Designing warm colours of blues, purples and greens can appear calm and relaxing and bold reds, yellows, oranges and pinks can appear exciting. Consider which times in the year the colours will blossom, which colours will compliment one another and which colours are used in the surrounding landscape. If you want to create a natural extension of the home then you may wish to use similar colours when designing the garden to what you have in the back of your home. You are no longer limited to boring shades of grey when it comes to designing and using hard landscaping either. You can add reflective materials in concrete, add terracotta’s or get natural stone. Woods can be stained and wrought iron and metals can be used to match furniture. You may wish to create a clear and bright ground space by laying turf or slabs and use surrounding plants with differing textures when designing your perfect patio garden. Flowers aren’t the be all and end all when designing a beautiful garden!

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Materials for designing a garden
When designing your patio garden, consider using materials that are going to last and suit your climate. If you have severe weather conditions, do not use materials that may be damaged by the rain or snow. Having a robust and strong material for your backyard patio could save you from problems in the future. The materials you choose to use when designing could also compliment the surrounding landscape and home. Using lots of contrasting materials may look complicated and unusual (however there’s nothing wrong with going against the grain). Designing wooden decking could modernise your property, block and brick paving can look new and tidy and concrete can be functional, inexpensive and quick to use. The materials could also tie your garden to the home, creating a natural extension of back rooms. Designing a garden with pebbles, shingle and small natural stones can create borders as well as tidy looking ground cover. Trellis and pergolas allow you to create vertical focal points and can be made from metal or wood. You may choose to use glass, reflective metal sheets and the use of water features when designing your patio garden.

Plants for garden designing
When designing a garden, it is worth understanding which plants you are using before buying and planting them. There are thousands of flowers, shrubs, trees, vines, grasses, and climbers that could be used. Consider the size of the plants, their colour, foliage, texture and scent. How much care and attention will they require (regular pruning etc)? Will the climate and soil be appropriate for healthy growth? Will they require a certain amount of sun or shade to grow? Consider how exposed they will be, as strong winds may damage some plants if they are flimsy. Do you want all year round colour and depth and would you want deciduous or evergreen plants? It is worth choosing your plants wisely and asking your local garden centre or landscaper for ideas and advice.

Consider maintenance when garden designing
Will the garden require regular cleaning and maintenance? If you have little time to dedicate to the garden after designing it you may wish to opt for low maintenance plants and materials. Designing clear edging around spaces and features can help define areas and help when cutting the grass and clearing flower beds of leaves and weeds, so include this when designing your garden. You will also want easy access to parts of the patio garden which may require weeding, mowing, pruning and regular cutting back.

Designing garden drainage
Drainage and water surface run off should be remembered when designing your garden. Avoid water retention, puddles and flooding by adding drains runaways in the ground. These can always be covered with shingle or other forms of small rock should aesthetics be an issue. Drains will always want to be directed away from the home or other permanent structures too, so consider which way the patio garden will slope.

Installation and costs after designing a garden
After designing your garden, if you think that the installation will be too much to take on yourself, there are many companies that can help. Ask friends, family, local businesses or colleague for local reputable firms. You may have to pay slightly more for professional quality but you would rather do so than pay slightly less for poor workmanship and future problems. If you are working to a budget then make this clear before you proceed. Designing and building a garden could be a good for adding value to your property and encouraging future buyers. Therefore it is important not only to do it correctly for your own pleasure in the short term, but also for longevity and future investment.

Thousands of people search to find out about ideas that will assist with the designing of gardens. Designing your own personal paradise with style, colour, scent and foliage! We hope that you have found this website a useful guide to designing a garden. You will find that this website is a great resource, whether you are designing a garden or simply purchasing some products and accessories. Both men and women young and old love to design their own patio gardens, grow their own plants and have a place to relax and entertain friends. We hope you enjoy designing your patio garden and are able to sit back and relax!




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