Landscape Design Ideas – for beginners
Over the years I have created hundreds of garden designs but there are common design elements in every garden. There are only so many different shapes a garden can be for example. So I have put together a design portfolio of landscape design ideas and advice to help you think about your own garden landscaping. Also advice on large garden design tips.
If you know the questions asked of these gardens, you can ask the same questions about your own garden – to help find better design solutions. We can design your garden without even visiting you, with our simple and affordable online service or watch our design videos
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How to design an odd-shaped garden
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 dictates the shape of the garden. If the lawn follows to the shape of the boundary – it just highlights the oddness of the shape!
TOP TIP: MAKE YOUR OWN SHAPES DOMINATE
The basic theory is this; you will always look at the largest most dominating feature, it demands your attention. If that feature is lovely (like a view over the countryside) then great, if it isn’t, you need to make your own ‘view’ – and you do that with a new 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 can help make a garden feel wider or longer. Lastly don’t worry about the funny-shaped ‘offcuts’ in the garden, these will become the new borders. Plants are very good at hiding ‘wonky’ things!
Once you have a shape you like you need to add plants. The most important design trick here however is:
Make sure some of the plants grow taller than the fence lines
Choosing plants can be a bit tricky – luckily for you, we have sorted that problem.
Should you copy a Show Garden?
The trouble with copying any show garden design is that these are not real gardens.
This doesn’t mean we can’t admire them and enjoy them, just don’t try to reproduce one in your own back garden. However, show gardens do have a place, notwithstanding they are rather lovely.