Backyard Landscape – Small Garden Design Does Not Need to Be Complicated

Small garden design can be as complicated, or as simple as you want to make it. If you are really into following directions, buy some landscape design books and immerse yourself in all the details. I can almost guarantee that you will rethink your idea to get involved before you are half way through the first book.

But it does not have to be that complicated at all. Remember that all the plants, foliage, trees, and ground cover you are going to use in your small garden design have been used by nature for a few million years or more and have managed to do just fine without having to refer to any type of instruction manual. Creating a garden is supposed to be fun, not an exercise in architecture, so let your imagination take you anywhere it wants to.

That said, I do recommend you learning the basics about the plants you are planning on installing before you actually put them in the ground. While almost all plants like the sun, and they all like water, some like to have more shade than others and what is the right amount of water for one variety can be way too much, or too little for another.

Knowing these details before hand will help you group you plants successfully and create a visual palate that is stunning.

One other tip on finalizing your design is to take the color of the mulch into account as you do your design.

In our (southern) neck of the woods, we have choices of color of mulch. At the nursery, we can choose from red, several shades of brown, or very black non float mulch. Depending on how much spacing you are going to have between your planting groups, choosing a contrasting color of mulch can really make your plants stand out visually while providing excellent ground cover at the same time.

Another tip is to not ignore the lawn area around your garden. Even the most beautifully designed garden is going to look pretty forlorn if the lawn around it isn’t healthy and weed free. If it isn’t already, take the time to bring your lawn up to the same standards you are setting for your small garden design. In the end, you will be glad you did.