Are you designing your first garden? Or rehabbing an outdoor space you inherited when you bought a house? Good for you. Gardens improve the value of our homes and make our lives better, for example, it improves air quality, invites us to be outdoors, shelters us from wind and rain and soothes us with visually relaxing natural tones of green and brown. Every home has its unique features which have been passed from homeowner to homeowner. Features like sunny areas, shade, windy spots, existing trees, mature plants and soil which does not necessarily match this of your 

Looking at your garden, ask yourself what the purpose of your garden should be and what do you want it to accomplish? Find that purpose and craft your design before doing anything. You could design a space that does double duty, mixing ornamentals and edibles in a single planting bed, for instance. More importantly, get to know your property’s microclimates and topography. Have your soil tested to see it it’s acidic and study the composition, things to take note of is, it is loose and sandy (which creates lots of dust) or is it heavy and clayish. You will have a greater advantage when you understand the personality of your property.

Don’t be shy about capitalising on the loveliness that surrounds your land. Does your neighbour have a magnificent tree that turns bright red in autumn? Incorporate the surrounding beauty from your neighbours to make your garden feel more expansive. You also can train vines to grow on walls and both the house and the garden will benefit if it’s clear they belong to each other.

Now that you have visualised your garden, studied the composite of your soil, your next step will be to determine what plants will be happiest in your garden? Look around you, ask your neighbours and start with what is already working in there gardens. Plants that you notice are happy in your neighbours’ gardens is an obvious choice, so work from that, but just bear in mind that the microclimate on your garden is not the same as your neighbours, so keep that in mind.

Trees in itself bring beauty, shade but more importantly birds to your home, so when planting a tree, consider the size and shape it will be at maturity. The saddest part of a tree in a garden is a tree with branches hacked off because it got too big for its location. Allow a tree plenty of freedom to grow as high and wide as it wants and you (and future generations) will end up with a beautiful specimen. 

There are many training programmes available on social media or you could purchase a magazine from your local outlet or you can SPEAK TO STANLER FARMS today to allow the experts to guide you your thinking.