Today we are discussing about designer gardens.. How to design a garden. John Wooden once said “It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” Amongst all the other things, gardening teaches you how to take care of the little things because they have the capacity to bring a huge change in your home garden design. A landscape architect might create his landscape garden design or a gardener might create his balcony garden or terrace garden by following all the gardening rules but he shouldn’t forget that the only person who he needs to please is himself. Hence, you have the right to play a bit with the elements of your home balcony garden so they can suit your home design too.
There would come a time when you stop thinking about new gardening ideas, your backyard garden, your balcony garden would look chaotic with the plants overgrowing and the colours seeming mismatched. When this happens, motivate yourself not to give up and find the source of the problem. Even you can turn small balcony spaces into a beautiful balcony garden. To make things better, you can work with varying elements of your garden design which are listed below:
- Colour– this is one of the most vital elements that can either make or break your “perfect garden” look. It can be used in varying ways- to create harmony (by using yellow and green colour) or to create a contrast (by using blue and yellow). Colour gives a garden its identity and hence it can be added by including different flowering plants, fences, paving walls and much more.
- Texture– you may like soft, similar looking plants and flowers but that might not be able to bring the right kind of texture your garden needs. You need to bring out the contrast of coarser or wider leaves, bold foliage, hard bark, branches etc. the texture of the garden is hence the easiest to conquer.
- Scale– it’s basically the size relationship of one object to another in the garden and in the surroundings. To decide the right scale for plants and landscape, it’s important to take your home size , balcony size and you yard space into consideration. Intelligent scaling always leads to desirable impact.
- Form- in outdoor design, the structure or shape of any object or plant is called its form. A person can opt for a single form or an amalgamation of various forms according to his/her garden design. For instance an informal kind of garden can have a natural, flowing form whereas a formal garden should have clipped hedges and topiaries.
- Sound- this element might not be your top priority when it comes to designing a garden but it’s still an essential one. Sound breathes life into the garden and hence it can be included by creating a water element such as a garden fountain or simply by using plants with seeds for the birds.
- Other elements– this includes features such as lines which can greatly impact the flow of the garden, light and shade that can create a contrasting look, rhythm and repetition to avoid the monotony and finally variety in plants, focal points, colours, textures etc.
If you pay more attention to these elements then you wouldn’t have to worry about the bigger things because you might not be able to do great things but you can always do little things with great efforts. One thing that anybody would notice as soon as they see your garden is not its interior design or its artificial grass but the pattern of it. Hence, once you’re done deciding the features and the style of the garden, the next thing is to choose a suitable pattern. You can make use of garden patterns separately or mix and match. Following are the top three garden patterns to go for:
- Circular– a circular themed garden is great if you don’t want to put too much labour into it but still want beauty and function to combine. Before choosing any pattern, it’s always advisable to first draw them on a paper. You can draw this type of pattern with the help of a compass to define the shapes by pairing up circles in varying forms. The circles don’t necessarily have to be of the same radii if you want to create different shapes. Although a basic circular garden would consist of a focal point in the middle and a path leading to the centre emerging from all the four cardinal directions. These paths would also create four gardening quadrants.
- Rectangular- some people always prefer a more formal, sophisticated kind of garden. For such people, a rectangular themed garden would fulfil all their needs. This kind of garden is especially popular amongst a lot of gardeners because it’s also the most natural way of developing a garden behind your home. Therefore, many landscaping plans automatically result in a rectangular theme. You can draw up this design firstly on a paper by including all the right angles and straight lines. A rectangular pattern is best suited for longer, narrower type of gardens and is the easiest to create because a designer just has to quickly divide the garden into specific sections.
- Diagonal– enlarging a small space is not only possible by creating mystery and diversions but also through a diagonal theme. In a rectangular kind of garden, we’re able to see everything at once because of which the garden seems to shrink. Hence, in contrast, a diagonal themed garden adds up some spice to the garden and though we can still see the garden at once, we don’t feel the space shrinking up. For instance, a patio laid diagonally will break up the axial orientation and will convey a greater sense of space. Drawing this kind of a pattern on a paper requires you to draw grid lines at 45 degrees which later can be used as a guideline design for the garden.
All these patterns and elements can add that zing to your landscape garden or home balcony garden which might have been missing up till now. The end goal is not only about beautifying but making your garden feel more cohesive. It’s often easier said than done but consider these small landscape gardening ideas as pieces of a puzzle that only you can fit to make the picture whole.