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Garden planning

Garden planning advice

Garden Planning – design and 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, be easy to look after AND well-behaved!

So all the garden planning advice written here assumes one thing – you think like me!

Sometimes you don’t need a design, you just want professional advice to sort out part of the garden.

Book a 30-minute design consultation.

Helping you make your garden better

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Planning Advice for all sorts of common garden issues

Creating any garden design or changing the landscaping of an existing garden always involves overcoming or designing around the problems that the garden throws at you. There are common garden design issues every garden has, and as I have now designed lots of gardens in the UK and other parts of the world; you can learn from my collective experience and design knowledge – hopefully! 🙂

Work with your Weather

Every garden book, magazine or TV program uses the same phrase – Right Plant: Right Place. So what does it mean?

It simply means that if you want a garden that is easy to look after, then the simplest method is to only use plants that will be happy growing in your garden’s microclimate.

If you choose not to use plants that would be well suited to your weather. You will end up having to spend time, money and effort looking after these unsuited/tender or fragile plants. Now, this is fine if you love gardening, but a pain in the butt if you are after an easy garden!

Design Advice for Garden Owners

I use the term garden owners quite specifically. Garden owners are not usually gardeners, instead, you have an outdoor space, that you’d probably love to improve. Unfortunately, though, your knowledge of garden design and plant species is somewhat limited.

So these articles will help.

Lastly, everyone loves looking at gorgeous garden pictures…

so here are some for you to peruse with a cup of coffee. Enjoy

I use the term garden owners quite specifically. Garden owners are not usually gardeners, instead, you have an outdoor space, that you’d probably love to improve. Unfortunately, though, your knowledge of garden design and plant species is somewhat limited.

So these articles will help.

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.

Sometimes you don’t need a design, you just want professional advice to sort out part of the garden.

Book a 30-minute design consultation.

Helping you make your garden better

minute design consultation