So, this is probably the one you have been waiting for. The design one. So, no spoilers – let’s get straight to the homework because it’s all homework now.

It is simple:

Draw a design for your garden! He said like it was the easiest thing in the world.

But we can do this at several levels.

  • For those of you with children the designs can be as simple as a drawing of your garden now,
  • For those with older children the design can be as you would like it to be and
  • For those with children who are confident these designs can be based on real measures and to scale.

I will post a video covering some simple measurement techniques and I have noted some resources at the bottom of the page.

There are a whole range of drawing programmes available from the simple “Paint” to full-on CAD/ CAM design software. As ever I can’t recommend any specific software merely provide a limited list of some of the software available.

Think about all the elements you are looking to incorporate: –

  • Turf
  • Hard landscaping
  • Flowers, Shrubs and Ground-covering plants
  • Bark or similar mulch
  • Driveways and paths

Remember to think about the relative heights of the plants you propose. When they flower, the colours of buds and flowers and the area they will cover. How much ground cover do you want?

Remember if you are looking for help then BALI has a directory of contractors who can help –

There is a huge range of advice on planning and designing a garden, so I won’t duplicate it here. But there are some common themes:

  • Start with a plan – use graph paper if software isn’t your thing.
  • Decide your priorities
  • Choose your style – formal, informal, natural
  • Small spaces needn’t limit your options – just challenge your creativity
  • Hard landscaping first! Then planting don’t rush to planting.
  • Define the edges of your plot
  • Think height, colour, area coverage and time of flowering…
  • Take it a day at a time