If you’re like me, you’ll be making the most of the garden in this fantastic weather – ideal for a cold beer or two in the evenings once the kids are down. The only downside with spending all that time in the garden is you’ll likely spot things that you’d like to improve and develop a mental wishlist of improvements. Some quick and simple, others not.
If you’re thinking about a redesign, fret not. You don’t need to fall into the trap of thinking a garden design will take the GDP of a medium-sized central American country, and the skills of Monty Don. It can actually be far more satisfying personally thinking through a lot of the process yourself, and ultimately more rewarding to witness the creative thoughts within your head made physically manifest as a space you and your family can all enjoy.
Let’s start with the lawn, usually the largest aspect to any garden, and usually located at its centre – a fundamental part of your outdoor landscape. A good garden design is all about proportion, and keeping everything in a good relation to everything else, in terms of lawn, patio, and beds. For the lawn, shape is key. The shape of the lawn should frame the beds, rather than the other way round. In essence, the beds should feel contained, rather than dominating the lawn. In terms of shape, avoid sharp edges to the lawn – they look fussy and can be extremely hard to mow effectively. More people prefer straight rectangular lawn, a gentle oval, or perhaps one with curves for the beds to wave in and out.
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Once you have got to grips with the shape of the lawn, that should then dictate the shape and style of the beds and patios. Work with the natural landscape – if there’s a slope, work that into the design to make the most of the curves, rather than breaking that up with terraces and steps. Try to incorporate a variety of shapes and sketch these out ahead of time, as simple, interlocking, geometrical shapes on the page. You may find the beds might work in a wave shape, that the lawn might be oval, or even circular, with seating areas overlapping, almost as a Venn diagram.
However, a key piece of advice is not to overcomplicate things. Think about the style of your property and the outside space you have to work with. And don’t overdo it with too many different shapes. Work with curves, or straight lines, but rarely both. Remember, the shape and balance of the lawn, beds, and paved areas will all contribute, together, to the overall impact of your garden, giving you a space to enjoy, and not one to cause you further work.