Garden design can seem pretty difficult, but it becomes even more so if the garden itself is a weird awkward shape. This post deals with the problems these unusual shaped spaces create and how to design odd shaped gardens.
I have created lots of gardens for my customers, but garden shapes are becoming more irregular and odd! Perhaps this is due the explosion of new housing being built. Developers maximise the number of units to be built, but this leaves lots of weirdly shaped spaces; which become your gardens!
Developers can make garden design tricky!!
What is the main design problem to overcome?
Take a look at all these gardens, all are irregular shapes, but what is the issue common to all of them?
The fences and boundary lines ARE what dictate the shape of the garden. If the lawn follows to the shape of the boundary – it just highlights the oddness of the shape!
What to do in your own garden
Take a picture from an upstairs window, and if possible use some photo editing software to delete the existing clutter. Then you can begin to play around with the big shape of the lawn. Try to use whole shapes as much as possible, as you need a dominant feature to compete with the boundary shape.
Offset the angle of the lawn too, this an help make a garden feel wider or longer. Lastly don’t worry about the funny shaped ‘offcuts’ of ground, these will become the new borders. Plants are very good at hiding ‘wonky’ things!
Once you have a shape you like the you need to add plants. The most important design trick here however is:
Make sure some the plants grow taller than the fence lines
Choosing plants can be a bit tricky – luckily for you we have sorted that problem.