Planning a garden is entirely down to an individual – it’s as personal as writing a song, painting a picture, or penning a poem, so there are no hard and fast rules. If you want a garden which looks beautiful, but is still straight forward to maintain, and functional for playing, growing, and socialising, there are a few little tips to make it easier. Don’t see them as rules, see them as suggestions to use or ignore, as you see fit – your garden is your domain, and there are no right or wrong ways to create it.
Don’t rely on straight lines
Unless you want your garden to look high-maintenance, avoid using straight lines to border your beds or lawn. Keeping straight lines looking smart, sharp, and attractive requires a lot of work, and it takes out the rustic easiness that a more laid-back garden can suit. Using sweeping lines to edge the lawn and beds, and allowing shrubs to grow over the sides of the lawn can give it a softer look, but more importantly, it requires a lot less upkeep. An orderly pattern in a garden can be your natural go-to when planning the layout, but try to fight the urge and go for a more spontaneous and random design instead.
Choose low-maintenance plants
Fast growing hedges could be the biggest regret of your garden. They require frequent trimming just to keep them looking smart, and ignoring them isn’t an option either as they can soon take over entire footpaths. Stick to more hedgerow type hedging if you want a hedge at all, otherwise evergreen fir trees make a good year-round visual barrier, that won’t require you to go out with the strimmer every other weekend.
Be sure to include some fruit and veggies
The best way to make your garden as functional as possible is by using it to create something useful, or in this care edible. Introducing a greenhouse, such as one from South West Greenhouses, is the perfect way to grow food safely, and free from pests. You don’t have to go full-on The Good Life, but a few strawberries, some potatoes, runner beans, and of course, tomatoes, can be a pretty and colourful addition to your garden, and a delicious addition to your home cooking.
Don’t forget a play area
If you’ve got children, you’re going to want to allocate some space for them to use specifically for playing in the garden. It’s nice if you have an area in mind that you can cordon off, introduce toys, and put down suitable flooring such as woodchip for added safety. Otherwise, just ensuring the garden is child-friendly is the best way to ensure their safety. A substantial barrier around the garden to keep the kids in and intruders out is crucial. Also, ensure there is no standing water – even a small amount can spell bad news to unsupervised kids. If you have a garden pond, a good quality net cover is crucial to keep your little ones safe.
A garden is for living, not just for admiring, so finding the compromise between beautiful and functional is crucial.