Have you tried to consider first what garden design you are going to adapt prior the actual digging in ? That’s what I did. I just kept making my flower beds a little wider each year to put in more perennials. Well, you can learn from your mistakes, I certainly did!
Like most gardens (yours too, I’ll bet) my first one grew, little by little, without a little bit of planning. Now, I believe any landscaping project will be e more successful if you think it through first.
By the time I got to my second garden on an acreage, I did draw up a plan.
The project was so big with so many parts that it takes a lot of time to decide what to do with each area before starting the actual planting.
Planning your flower garden in your Singapore property is a way to avoid the classic dilemma: wandering around with the plants you’ve just bought and wondering where to plant them.
Do I have to get a design on paper?
No, you don’t have to draw out a plan, showing where every single perennial plant goes.
I was trained in garden design, and most of the time I don’t have the patience for that!
The pros do it to figure out the exact number of plants to order, but home gardeners usually don’t work that way.
When I make a drawing for myself, it’s generally a simple one to show the layout of a bed, and a basic planting plan that shows the most important plants only.
A logical planting scheme to follow
A lot of folks see gardening primarily as getting all the color into their yards. But if you focus on colorful flowers first and foremost, it’s a bit like arranging the lamps, accessories and pictures before your house has even been built.
I once took a landscape design course taught by the British garden guru John Brookes, author of John Brookes Garden Design. He advises planning and planting in the following order: First, the “specials”, usually large deciduous trees that serve as focal points; next the “skeletons,” evergreens or hedges for year-round structure.
Then come the “decoratives”, flowering shrubs or tall grasses. And, finally, you get to the “pretties” – spring and summer-blooming perennials and fillers such as bulbs, annuals or biennials.
According to Brookes, many gardens lack structure and coherence because they were started with the “pretties.”
Working on a design for your garden
Planting your garden is easy. Take time to do a little planning then buy the plants you envision to plant in your garden. Remember: nobody creates a prize-winning flower garden the first year — but you are not going to invite the garden club over for coffee — not yet!
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