Beautiful Garden Planning for the Non-Gardener

Beautiful Garden Planning for the Non-Gardener

(c) JBHSometimes non-gardeners want a beautiful garden. Even those of us who do garden still often need some help in the design and implementation of it. And although garden and landscape designers are worth their weight in gold, it helps them tremendously if you have an idea of what you want before they begin.

Here is a list of some things that will help a designer give you exactly what you want.

  1. Collect magazines and tear out the pictures of what appeals to you. Try to narrow these down to 10 or so before you meet with your designer.
  2. If there are specific plants that you want, make a list.
  3. If there are specific colors that you want featured, find paint chips in those colors.
  4. If there is specific material that you want used, such as gravel, add that to your list.
  5. If being environmentally conscious is important to you-make this clear to your designer.
  6. Consider features other than plants-such as water, accessories, furniture, etc.
  7. Decide what you want closest to the house and where seating is most convenient.
  8. Consider ease of maintenance. For instance, if you don’t want to weed often, make this clear to your designer before they begin.
  9. Make a bubble map with a rough outline of where you want what. Don’t worry about sun spots or the best place to plant certain plants-your designer is also being paid for their professional recommendations. And don’t be concerned with your artistic talent-bubble plans are meant to be a rough, beginning outline.
  10. Give your bubble plan, magazine pictures, paint chips, priorities and lists to your designer.
  11. Write down questions as you are planning and ask them.
  12. If you don’t plan to maintain your garden yourself, make sure that you get “to do’s” from your designer and ask for his or her recommendations for landscape maintenance companies.

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2 Comments
  • kate
    Posted at 13:55h, 06 May Reply

    This is good information! I question your opening comment though. It seems to me that non-gardeners also want beautiful gardens and not just ‘sometimes’.

  • Flora
    Posted at 14:27h, 08 May Reply

    As a garden-lover, I hope that everyone wants a beautiful garden, in spite of what “category” they fall into. 🙂 But then again, I try not to assume that all of our priorities are the same. Perhaps some might not care about the beauty and have a goal (for instance) of practicality or accessibility instead. What about the person who wants fresh veggies but doesn’t care what it looks like? They probably are out there although many of us know that beauty can be accomplished along with the goals above. Thanks for your input-much appreciate it. -Flora

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