Garden planning

Garden planning advice

Garden planning advice

Welcome to PlantPlots. At last you can find some really useful garden planning advice to help you transform your garden.

Why is PlantPlots so good, well, because I am like you. I have a garden, but I don’t class myself as a ‘gardener’.

Nor do I have the time to learn to be one.  I have never felt the need to learn to propagate, graft, cross-pollinate or grow prize blooms. All I want is for my garden to look lovely. More important though, is it needs to be self sufficient and well behaved.

Easy garden design for beginners

So, would you class yourself as an expert gardener. A person who loves gardens or a person who owns a garden? Having done that, how would you classify your dedication to the garden. A truly dedicated gardener, one who loves to potter, or do you just do what needs doing?

I am a garden designer who loves gardens but has not got the time (or the dedication) to be an avid gardener. I am in essence a lazy gardener.

So if you are like me, then you will find all the garden planning, garden design and planting advice relevant and useful. The aim here is not to show you how to transform your garden into a plant filled paradise, instead we aim to solve the problems most gardens have.

How to design a garden

Gardens are really good for us, helping reduce stress, relax, watch wildlife and soak up the sunshine. However many gardens don’t live up to the dreams of their owners, and often follow the same basic design layout – a central lawn with narrow garden borders around the edges. Gardens can be made to be so much more than simply a lawn with shrubs, but the principles of garden design can seem complex and hard to understand. Every piece of garden planning advice we provide aims to help you garden better.

Our aim is to help you learn how you can transform your garden easily, with simple planning advice, easy to understand small garden design rules, tips and planting advice.  All the advice is based not on you learning how to garden, but on you learning how to make your garden better. How you start to plan the garden, what are the important elements needed and how you need your garden to make you feel.

Gardens are not just outside rooms, gardens are where we interact with the nature and where nature interacts with us. Proper planning will ensure the garden design and planting benefits you, but hopefully it will also ensure the garden does no harm either.

How we garden is as important as what we plant and what is designed, it is all about maximising the positive whilst minimising the negative. Good planning ensures the garden delivers what is needed, for the smallest outlay, in terms of cost, resources, materials and effort.

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Garden Border Planting

How can you make a garden if you don’t know much about plants? I experienced this myself when I got my first ever garden. However, I did know a lot about plants, as my parents owned a horticultural nursery growing thousands of varieties. I knew what they looked like and many of the names. The problem was working out what plant combinations would work in my small garden!

The internet has millions of images of beautiful and amazing gardens. But very few of these looked like my small modern back garden. Most were of huge stately gardens with vast borders. Or theses were images from flower shows or professionally designed gardens. These would not work in a small 2m x 2m border design, that also had to cope with being trampled on by toddlers or whacked by flying footballs.

Who has delphiniums in a family garden!

Planting advice

The planting advice uses phrases like; plants for shade, plants for sun, cottage style or Mediterranean themed borders.  But how does this hel a nivuce plan their own garden. Where were the descriptions for happy flowers, or cool and chic planting schemes or even family friendly planting ideas!

Just grouping plants by theme or growing conditions, doesn’t help garden  novices plan the border size, shape or ‘look’. Similarly, images of expensively designed show gardens are not relevant or useful. if your garden is small  you just have a small space to grow plants on.

Choosing plants for the garden involves not just getting the right plant in the right place.  Gardens need to make you feel something. The planting styles should create emotions, and stimulate the senses. Plantplots designs shop combines plants in ready made border planting plans to help you plan the planting.

Solving garden problems

Gardening can never be ‘no maintenance’. There will always be jobs to do as plants don’t know when to stop growing. Garden planning involves identifying potential problems and finding solutions. These problems can be design related like hiding an ugly shed or designing a sloping garden. Or they can be planting related.  Modern gardens are also much less regular in shape, gardens can be long and narrow or wide and shallow or  just a really odd shape. Front gardens for example have a different set of planning issues to back gardens (they aren’t simply smaller sized back gardens). The garden can have issues with shade or wind turbulence. Gardens can lack privacy or have really ugly views. Should you have a lawn in a really small garden or not?

It may be you have very little space for a garden just an outside space, or odd shaped courtyard, that needs planting.

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Be a better gardener

All gardens are part of a wider ecosystem, even if the environment is a city garden or in the middle of a housing estate. Nature and wildlife connect gardens to each other via pollinators flying about, hedgehogs foraging or seeds in bird poop. Consequently, what you do in your garden affects your neighbours and the interconnecting network of gardens.

How you garden matters.

(as I sit here watching the Wren hopping up my roses eating all the aphids!).

Gardens should not just look good, gardens need to do good too, but many garden practices cause harm.

Nature is perfectly able to look after itself, but the natural balances between prey and predator are easily disturbed by unnecessary garden practices.

Being a better gardener is a vital part of the garden planning process. If changes are made that ensure you do less garden maintenance because the natural world is doing it for you. It’s a win : win situation.

How to garden better means the plants and the garden look after themselves, leaving you more time to enjoy using it.

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