Small Garden Design – Pre Planning Help

I believe that, when it comes to designing a garden to fit into a smaller space, there are a couple of common sense things you should do first.

One is to measure exactly how much space you have before you begin planning. While this may sound too elementary to even mention, you might be surprised at how many gardeners simply “eye-ball” the space and start planting. Believe me when I tell you this is not a recipe for success.

You may well find that the space you have available can be maximized if your design is irregular and incorporates existing features such as mature trees, or hedgerows into your initial design and planning.

Secondly, I recommend that you have at least a rough idea of what you would like your finished project to look like before you really start. While there is something to be said for the “plant-it-and-see” approach to gardening, if you are working in a confined space these spur of the moment ideas can easily eat up precious space you set aside for other uses.

Last, once you have both the theme and the available space determined, decide beforehand how much texture you will want to introduce. While, again, this may seem absurdly elementary, many people, and especially first timers, do not realize how many different textures are available to work with.

You can get great ideas online about what different textures are available; I recommend you take the time to visit your local stores to see them for yourself. Often times, pictures can not do justice to how a particular crushed stone, or wooden trellis will look in your environment.

Above all, have fun with your design, as well as the creation and execution of your small garden design. By taking a bit of time for planning in the beginning, you ensure yourself a garden you can enjoy for many seasons to come.