Muddled gardens – sadly creep up on the unsuspecting gardener, these are gardens that once followed a plan, but that over time have morphed and evolved into a bit of a muddled mess, full of overgrown plants or even worse dead ones!
This post accompanies the 2 podcast episode on Muddled Gardens.
There are two parts to consider, the design layout and the planting layout.
Design Layout go Back to Basics
Once designs and gardens begin to get cluttered and muddled, it can become harder to ‘see’ where to start. So the best course of action is to go back to the basics and consider the minimum the garden needs to do for you.
- A place to sit
- Having a way to get to the seating area
- And something to look at once you are there.
This simplifying allows you to think through what’s really needed. The seating area needs to be where you sit out most often, and a path (if necessary) should take you straight there easily.
In terms of the border placement, just concentrate on creating one impactful ‘look at me’ border rather than try to sort everything out all at once.
Gardens and gardening takes time, it always has. This method will give you the basics back, and then once those are done, you will sit out in your favourite place and can look around and begin to re-plan how the shapes in the garden should be reworked again. Muddled gardens need unravelling, but it is always best to unravel them slowly, just like a tangled ball of string, if you unwind too quickly it simple re-tangles itself elsewhere!
In this garden for example, it’s owner had already laid out the two main elements, the seating place and path to get there, but then they had got over excited with choosing plants for the garden, there were so many lovely plants to have – and they chose lots of them to fill the garden.
Unfortunately, this led to too much in the garden and it becoming rather muddled.
What was needed was a plant audit!
So there you have it, designing gardens made a bit simpler (I hope). But just in case you are still a bit stuck… why not visit our design shop for planting ideas for the garden or look at our amazing book ‘I Want to Like my Garden‘. Or you can email me: email@example.com or check out some of the garden designs we have created for your customers.