Landscaping: Planning your garden for Summer

Landscaping: Planning your garden for Summer

With Spring here and lockdown eased, we are all itching to get back into the garden but for those who just couldn’t bear the cold – the garden may seem to need some substantial work. While it may seem daunting, planning your garden should help you create the perfect outdoor space to enjoy summer, and help you budget too! The following tips should help you design your ideal garden. 

Design a garden that works for you

Firstly you want to decide on the purpose of your garden. If you have kids and pets, your garden needs to be a space for play – so you will need a bit of open space. If lounging and entertaining is your idea, then you need to plan a seating area or reading nook into your garden. Once you have decided the purpose, your design for your garden will be a lot more simplified. You’ll know what you want and budget accordingly to create the garden that suits your lifestyle. 

Draw it up 

It sounds silly, but putting your ideas to paper should make you more realistic on what can be done in your space. You also want to plan your garden on paper so that you can plan your focal point in the garden. This will be an area that you want to highlight which you will do by designing the rest of the garden towards that focal point. 

You want to draw the design from a bird’s eye view first and then a front perspective so that you can plan the height of your beddings. You want higher plants at the back, smaller plants in the front. Choosing plants with height will make the space look bigger, and add vertical interest. You can always hide ugly walls and block noise with plants too.

Choose the right gardening tools

Before you dive right into implementing your design, make sure you have all the right tools for the job. If you need to replace some tools, now is the time. Grab yourself the essentials such as a good spade, large garden fork, watering can or hosepipe accessories, a sharp pair of secateurs and some gardening gloves. If your plan involves some extensive garden work you may need to organise a gardening service with the more advanced tools and equipment.

Chairs, benches and garden furniture

Even the smallest garden should have a lovely leafy nook to have a seat. Be sure to think about garden furniture – be it a concrete bench, upcycled wooden chairs, old fashioned swing or hammock! 

Prep the garden for plants

Before you rush off to buy your plants – start with the larger landscaping. If you need to dig out some plants, create a pathway or build your beddings, do that first before you bring in the plants. When creating your garden beds be sure to allow for a soil depth of 20-30cm. Slightly raised garden beds will also allow for better drainage and control root spread.

Get shopping

Bring your plan and get down to 4 Seasons to look around. Trees and shrubs form the backbone of any garden. 

  • Perennials are plants that will keep growing for many seasons. They will ensure your garden looks lush all year round – so be sure to choose wisely. 
  • Annuals will only last one season, but this means you can experiment with various plants – changing your colour each year if you would like.
  • To create a sustainable garden choose herbs and vegetables that you enjoy and cook with often. These can be grown in pots or in a veggie garden.

Start choosing your plants – and be sure to ask the knowledgable staff about the requirements of the plants and what might work best in your area. 

Take note that warm colours like red and orange will create a cosy garden while cooler colours like white and blue will give the impression of spaciousness in your garden. Remember to grab enough compost!

Stumped (pardon the pun!) when it comes to landscaping your garden? Ask Nicol for expert advice on landscaping your garden and how best to revamp it for summer!


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