First, decide what you want from you garden, whether it’s a modern, contemporary look, a wildlife haven or low- maintenance. Budget is also a factor, and if you have a large garden to redesign you can always tackle one area at a time.
Another factor is the type of plants you would like to grow, whether it’s more flowering plants, trees and shrubs, or vegetables and herbs, or maybe just some ‘stand alone’ statement plants. Lawns are very thirsty and high-maintenance so maybe, if you have one, consider removing it.
Take a stroll round the garden to see how the layout could be improved. Maybe more seating areas, new borders, better pathways, a larger patio. Remember to allow for for utility areas such as washing lines, compost bins and rubbish bins. Sunny, partly shaded and shaded areas also need to be considered.
Plan a garden path so it links the garden together, for example, a path that has a series of curves will look more natural in a long, thin garden, and make a small square garden look larger. Different seating areas around the garden will make it more interesting.
All gardens, large or small, need a focal point, maybe several in a larger space, such as a spectacular plant, a water feature or a large garden ornament. Tall plants in borders will provide a focal point in flower borders, trellis planted with rambling roses or Clematis or a display of containers with colourful plants on a patio will all add extra interest to the garden.
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We at village gardens have a knowledge of all of your local edible plants here in South Africa. We can happily plant up your garden with edibles of all varieties from Mediterranean herbs and local indigenous edibles. We are surrounded by such stunning hardy indigenous plants, let’s get back to nature and have our own garden of local goodness.