Yip, you read right, gardening & landscaping can be an art if you want it to be! When it comes to your garden, you can create a space that suits your personal style and that of your home with a few simple choices. 

  • Pairing plants

When designing your garden for your needs, be sure to choose plants that you personally like as well as suit your gardening style. Also make sure that you stick to the principles for correct plant combinations – choose plants that are good neighbours. 

  • Beds

We usually choose garden beds that are either island beds or borders. So when designing your garden, plan what type of beds you want and that will ultimately affect what type of plants to choose.

When choosing plants for your border gardening bed, consider the height of your beds. Be it a wall or house at the back, fit your tallest plants towards the back with lower plants in the front. Of course if you choose large shrubs and trees, you will be creating a canopy for the smaller plants in the bed and will need to choose shade-loving seedlings for example. 

Island beds on the other hand are not anchored by a backdrop and can be viewed from all sides. If you like an island bed, you should choose to have a centre piece and work from the inside outwards. The centre piece can be anything from a tree to a bench or statue, but the surrounding plants should accentuate it. 

To make an impact you will need to use symmetry and work with multiple of the same plant. We usually like to plan the plant placement in groupings of at least 3, 5, 7 or more. 

  • Gardening style

In gardening and landscaping there are two basic types of gardens: formal and informal. Formal gardens tend to use more geometric shapes such as circles, rectangles, triangles or long straight lines while informal gardens use curves and free flowing forms.

When designing your garden, a formal garden will be more symmetrical in terms of plant spacing, color, and layout, however, for those who like an informal garden, your color combinations will be more relaxed with plant heights that vary.

  • Landscaping tips:

  1. When choosing plants for your garden, the height levels, width and space in your garden will ultimately determine what plants you should choose. 
  1. When choosing plants for your garden, remember that medium to small fillers, ground covers, small shrubs and annuals are all essential to your garden to fill the gaps and prevent soil erosion. 
  1. When designing your garden and shopping for plants, think about the various textures, colours, foliage and flowers. Do you want to mix and match and if not, what will be your garden aesthetic?
  1. To make your flowering shrubs really pop, you will need to complement them with a non-flowering ground cover – and vice versa. 
  1. If you choose non-flowering trees or shrubs as the anchor to your garden, choose flowering annuals or perennials to complement the green. 
  1. Pro tip when designing your garden: match the low under-storey plants with grey foliage, with a green upper-storey.
  1. Pair lacy textured ground covers and shrubs with more structured trees to add dimension to your bed. 
  1. When designing your gardening beds, reversing the formation of the upper-storey in the lower-storey of your bed is essential to create a neat garden and allow each plant to be seen.
  1. For those wishing to up their gardening game, repetition of plants or combinations of certain plants in the garden will bring instant unity to your garden. 

No matter how you design your garden, at the end of the day your garden should be a place you love to spend time in and that works for your needs. 

If you’re keen for a garden revamp, be sure to contact Nicol to come pop in and have a look at your garden. With her landscaping experience, she can help you choose the best plants for your space and design your garden to suit your needs and personal style.