Steps to Designing a Perfect Garden

Garden design is not just the ability to create a beautifully illustrated plan, although this is one of the many outputs of the garden design process and arguably the most exciting. A garden designer’s role is to find creative, practical solutions to the many technical challenges presented by an outdoor space. A good garden designer can make a garden that is useable and suitable for a specific set of requirements as well as being beautiful and a pleasure to spend time in.

It would not be possible to describe fully how to design a garden in a single article. A great deal of training and experience is required to understand how to obtain the correct ratio of mass to void in a garden design scheme, or how to create rhythm in a garden design, or working with shapes to ensure the garden flows and feels comfortable to use. So, the following paragraphs outline major steps in the garden design process and I will go into more detail about each phase in separate articles.

1. Decide on the requirements for the garden

Before considering aesthetics it is necessary to understand the practical requirements for the garden such as how it will be used, by whom and who will look after it. Answering a series of questions is the best way to arrive at the requirements. These are the kind of questions that need to be answered to arrive at the requirements:-

• How much time is available to look after the garden?

• Will a professional maintenance company/garden be looking after the garden?

• Will the garden be used by pets or children?

• Does the garden need to cater for elderly or disabled visitors?

• Will the garden need to cater for users with mobility problems?

• Will the garden be used for eating and entertaining?

• How many people will want to use the garden at one time?

• Is the garden owned by a keen, knowledgeable gardener?

The aim is to arrive at a list of requirements which forms the basis of the design process.

2. Get inspired

Experienced garden designers know the value of regularly looking at all forms of art and architecture in order to keep their ‘visual vocabulary’ up to date and get inspiration for their designs. Inspiration can come from a shape in nature like an old, gnarled tree, an architectural detail on a building, a combination of shapes and colours in a painting, almost anywhere if you are looking with a creative eye.

Look at materials, interior and exterior. Textures and patterns in wall and floor tiles, stone cladding, marble mosaics, etc are a great source of inspiration and can result in a piece of detailing that lifts the garden design scheme out of the mundane. Visit landscaping supply yards, reclamation yards and interior design suppliers like the Design Centre in Chelsea Harbour in London.

Visit some gardens, look in gardening books and magazines, go to some garden shows like the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) Chelsea Flower Show and Hampton Court Flower Show and look at the show gardens.

3. Take the site survey

Take a thorough site survey and analysis. Measure the house including the position and height of all doors and windows. The survey should show steps, drains, manhole covers, chimney breasts, and anything else that will affect the final garden design.

A garden is rarely square or flat. Use triangulation and offsetting to plot in the garden boundaries, and the location of all plants, garden features and buildings. Make a note of things outside the garden like overhanging trees or a fabulous view as they will affect the eventual design of the garden. Survey any level changes in the garden and mark these clearly on the survey.

Take a soil sample for analysis. It’s important when planting to know what the ph level (acidity or alkalinity) of the soil in order to choose the correct plants. Some plants prefer a soil that is more acidic and others will only grow in a more alkaline soil. It is also necessary to identify boggy places, shaded areas and other potentially troublesome parts of the garden.

A note must be made of what lies beyond the garden boundaries. If the garden overlooks a great view this can be used as part of the new design – this is called ‘borrowing’ the view. However, if there is something ugly outside the garden like a derelict building, or the garden is overlooked by neighbouring properties these will need to be screened out as part of the garden design.

The site survey must be drawn up to scale, in ink on a piece of tracing paper large enough to show clearly the new design and put in labels – most gardens will fit onto an A1 sheet.

4. Create the new design

Using the requirements and site survey the new design is created using a series of interconnected geometric shapes. The final design should create a pleasing picture on paper and each element that comprises the design should be the correct size for its intended purpose. For example, if the terrace needs to seat 6 people for dinner it must be large enough to hold a table of the correct size with room to pull out chairs so that people can sit down and stand up comfortably.

The design must addresses any sloping parts of the garden. If flat spaces are required for lawns, seating areas, etc and the site is sloping retaining walls will be required -these should be shown clearly on the plan.

The new design should be drawn to scale in ink on a piece of tracing paper. Everything must be labelled clearly including wall heights, paved areas, lawn, edgings, pergolas, planted areas, walls with their heights, water features.

5. Choose construction materials

Select materials for constructing each area and make sure these are labelled on the plan. There are many different construction materials available and these vary greatly in price and quality. Research DIY stores, garden centres, and landscape and building suppliers to find materials that suit the intended purpose, and fit the budget.

6. Create the planting plan

A planting plan is required that shows the location, type and numbers of plants clearly labelled with their Latin names for each planted area of the garden. Planting should comprise a mixture of evergreen and deciduous shrubs, herbaceous plants and bulbs that will give a year-round display of colour and scent. The plants give the garden structure and that important quality of seasonal change.

7. Create the construction plan

The construction plan helps remove margin for error and ensure the garden is constructed correctly to a high standard. The construction plan is a technical drawing that shows contractors how to construct specific features in the garden such as steps, pergolas, fences and retaining walls. It should contain details of required paving patterns and sections showing how paving is to be laid, how footings for walls are to be constructed, how edgings are to be laid.

8. Create the setting out plan

The setting out plan is another technical drawing that enables landscape contractors to construct the garden accurately. This plan shows the dimensions and location of all features in the garden. The central point of any circular features such as seating areas and lawns will be shown as a measurement from a fixed, measureable point such as the corner of the house. This plan will also show angular dimensions, wall heights relative to finished paving height, and the finished ground level of any terraced areas.

The setting out plan enables landscape contractors to quickly mark out the garden before they start building the garden. This allows them to check there are no errors in the design or survey and that the design will fit correctly into the space. It enables adjustments to the plan, if necessary, before construction work starts, thereby avoiding expensive mistakes further down the line.

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The History of Winter Gardens

Winter gardens trace their roots back to the Victorian period when municipalities began building large conservatories for the enjoyment of their citizens, and eventually the phrase winter garden took off from there. Once these municipalities paved the way for large conservatories the upper crust of society began building their own private structures one larger than the previous to out do their neighbors. Once the wealthy homeowner showed that winter gardens could be applied to residential applications the techniques were taken to smaller homes. The small residential gardener would use structures like overhangs and tree branches to protect fragile plants from winter weather. The original conservatories were built as the convention centers of their day, they were the site of concerts and dances. The largest cities of the day built these conservatories. In Washington D.C. the United States Botanic Garden was the home to plants from around the world. In Chicago the city built The Garfield Park Conservatory in 1906-1907, the conservatory was the largest publicly held conservatory under one roof. In 1919 Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania built a conservatory that still houses an astounding 4.5 acres or glass.

After WWI these large conservatories fell out of favor due to the high costs of maintaining and heating. Due to the advances in heating technologies these conservatories saw a resurgence in the late 20th century. Some of the grand conservatories mentioned before have even been retrofitted and reopened.

Although I wish I had space for a winter garden on to itself it’s easier to have a few plants in the garden that can shine in the winter. For Public and Botanical gardens that can budget a large conservatory outdoor winter gardens or a winter border allow their patrons to get a similar enjoyment from the winter. The newest generation of winter gardens are growing in popularity as winters become more tempered and plants from warmer climates can be used. In 1979 the first of its kind winter garden was established at The University of Cambridge’s Botanical Garden.

Once the conservation mentality found in homes during WWII subsided interest in ornamental plants increased. During this post war period the way homeowners used their gardens evolved. During the war gardens where for supporting ones family with vegetables crops, but post-war people began growing more flowers. With produce being the main goal of growing a garden before the focus tended to shed light on the summer months, even when people started growing flowers after the war the trend of thinking about the garden continued to focus on the summer. With the increase interest in gardening magazines and books, winter gardening began to receive more exposure and the trend began to grow. Those plants that found prominence in the 19th century conservatories finally began to take their home in second half of 20th century home gardens. Winter gardens like any other trend eventually became stagnant by the 1970’s winter gardens typically consisted of evergreens and heather. While evergreens and heather can be beautiful only utilizing to areas of the plant landscape will limit the creativity of a winter garden. The two plants are very static during winter months and a garden utilizing them alone has turned static summer gardens into static winter gardens. Luckily we have evolved out of the days of strictly evergreens and heather and today’s gardener utilizes winter flowering bulbs, perennials, and uses shrubs for their winter interest. Today’s winter gardens evolve through the seasons as points of interest can rotate throughout a garden and plants have more than one period of interest to bring to the table.

In gardens in the front of the house techniques can be enjoyed at close ranges, and the scent from the plants cab be appreciated. Using the house as a way to protect plants from winter winds and larger snow fall can allow delicate plants to survive harsh conditions. This gardener is certainly happy that he no longer has to wait for spring to enjoy gardening.

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Surrey Garden Design Inspiration

Other counties might be extolled as the garden of England but the county of Surrey where we have our office is rightfully the home of some of the best gardens in the British Isles. A brief glance at many a best gardens list and Surrey gardens will often appear.

The best known are the large gardens opened by organisation such as the Royal Horticultural Society and National Trust. The former’s RHS Garden Wisley is rightfully one of the most visited in the country. It can at first glance seem a mix of botanical garden with ‘features’ thrown in but after many visits you understand that this garden stands apart as both scientific collection and centre as well as giving inspiration season by season. If you have limited space in your own garden this is a great place to see how borders can be designed to give year round interest. Or if you’re interested in a specific species then you’ll likely get something from a particular area. A top tip, check out the orchards in the spring when they blossom, its an oasis from the crowds that hover down in the main body of the garden.

The National Trust is well represented in Surrey as well. Clandon Park, a Palladian mansion is set in 7 acres of garden, Claremont however os probably more widely known. Claremont is a beautiful garden surrounding a small lake and featuring an unusual grass amphitheatre. The garden’s creation and development has involved great names in garden history, including Sir John Vanbrugh, Charles Bridgeman, William Kent and ‘Capability’ Brown. In 1726 it was described as ‘the noblest of any in Europe’ and the garden today is of national importance. For something more subdued Runnymede is the riverside site of the sealing of the Magna Carta, historically significant with one of the few easily accessible designs of Jellicoe.

These gardens are significant and you can sometimes get inspiration from them, especially for planting but if you want some ideas for smaller gardens than a year of visiting the Surrey gardens open under the National Gardens Scheme is well worth a try. They won’t always be to your liking but some will strike a chord. Small gardens such as Stuart Cottage in East Clandon, Heathside in Cobham, Walton Poor House in Ranmore and Chinthurst Lodge near Guildford are all interesting for the plantaholic in you. Vann in Hambledon and Cleeves near Haslemere are Surrey gardens worth a look for their design ideas for older buildings. And there are other gardens such as Timber Hill near Chobham, a garden that glories in fine trees as well as great planted borders.

And of course these Surrey gardens are all owned by enthusiastic gardeners so it’s always good to go back and see what has happened over the years. A garden such as that at The Round house in Loxhill is constantly evolving often, in this case because of an owner gradually creating a new garden from once neglected market gardens. So the National Gardens Scheme gardens in Surrey are well worth an exploration but be prepared to be both delighted and exasperated. They are private gardens, created by their keen owners, not you, so don’t be surprised if occasionally you see the plants you’re not so keen on. But from experience these gardens will also turn you on to new plants and new ideas that you can twist for your own uses!

Of course we don’t all want the maintenance that is so often involved with these gardens that open for the public. Sometimes it’s good to just see what other people are creating and revel in the seasonal colour whilst going back to our own simpler gardens where we can manage the changes in our gardens. If that’s the case don’t forget about the many resources in the county. Of course many of the gardens mentioned above will sell you some great plants and in the case of some you’ll find something unusual to impress your friends. The other thing you will find in abundance are garden designers for Surrey supports a profession second to none drawn by the great climate, an eager audience and a network of great nursery and landscape suppliers. Looking out of the window of my office it’s almost impossible not to see a local landscape van pass by every hour!

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Grow a Fall Garden: Tips and Shortcuts

Fall can be a great time to grow a vegetable garden. We typically think of spring as the best planting season, but believe it or not fall can be an even better time of year to grow a garden. Even though summer is coming to an end, it’s not too late to grow a fall garden. Fall gardens work best with a little advanced planning, but I can help you throw one together quickly.

If you’re interested in planting a fall garden now, you can! I know you’re busy, that’s the way of the world. We are constantly over-booked and running from one responsibility to the next. In the essence of time, I will give you some great short-cuts. You can order mostly everything you need right now while you’re searching the web. Then, within the next few days or by this weekend you can start growing a fall garden. It should take you an hour or less to get it going. So, what are we waiting for? Let’s get too it!

Tips and Shortcuts:
• Use the internet to reduce shopping time
• Order plants today
• Order an easy to assemble raised garden bed
• Determine your growing climate
• Buy Gardening Soil & Organic Fertilizer
• Set aside time and start your garden

PURCHASE ONLINE
I know how busy life can be. Who has time to drive from store to store looking for the right plants and materials to set-up a garden? I know I don’t have that much time, so I’m sure you don’t either. Hey, since you’re sitting here learning about how to grow a fall garden, I bet you can spend another 15 minutes ordering all the supplies you need to get started. I promise that’s all the time it will take you. I will give you links to quickly direct you to the information you need to get a jump start on growing your garden.

ORDER PLANTS TODAY
I have to admit, we’re getting a late start on our fall garden. Since fall is just a few days away, the best thing to do is to start with seedlings or pre-sprouted plants. There are many good options for direct sow seeds that can be used in fall gardens, but at this time I think we should start with pre-grown plants. That way we can avoid the dreaded freezing of our lovely crops. Burpee.com is a great site to visit when planning your fall garden. You can order just about any plant you’re looking for, and in my experience the plants you get from Burpee are healthy and grow very well.

ORDER AN EASY-TO ASSEMBLE-RAISED GARDEN BED
The best way to get a garden growing quickly is by purchasing an easy to assemble raised garden bed. By doing this you can avoid tilling up your yard and will minimize the amount of digging required. There are many easy to assemble garden beds available for online purchase. Both Burpee and Amazon have some great products. I will give you direct links to a few of these products on my website if you want to quickly link to them and get them shipped to you in a hurry.

DETERMINE YOUR GROWING CLIMATE
One of the most important steps in growing a fall garden is to determine your growing climate and choose the right plants. It’s easy to get lost in a slew of maps on the internet. I am a big fan of the Burpee website; they make it easy for the typical gardener. They have a growing calendar tool. All you do is enter your zip code and boom there’s a list of the crops you can grow throughout the year. This awesome tool even gives you information on which method to use for planting (direct sow, indoor sow or transplant). If this sounds like something of interest to you, I will give direct links on my website so you don’t have to spend too much time searching around. I’ll do the leg-work for you to make this process as quick as possible.

BUY GARDENING SOIL AND ORGANIC FERTILIZER
Since we will be using an easy to assemble raised garden bed, our plants will get fresh healthy soil. This makes plants happy! It also makes gardeners happy because it eliminates the step of having to till and dig up our yard in order to get the ground ready for planting. This is the most simple and effective way to get a fall garden growing quickly with healthy plants.

Get this:
• Two bags of topsoil
• 1-2 Bags of more expensive garden soil/compost
• Organic Fertilizer

You can just buy these things from your local garden store. You can stop by on your way home from work and run in, it should only take you a few minutes. Remember, we’re doing this quickly. You will also need a few handfuls of grass clippings or leaves to spread over the top. You can have your kids collect these from your yard. It shouldn’t be too hard, and it gives your garden some nice organic material.

SET ASIDE TIME TO SET-UP AND PLANT YOUR GARDEN
You should set aside about an hour to get your garden set-up. Depending on which raised garden bed model you choose, your time commitment for setting-up the garden may be more or less. This is a simple process. Here we go!

Prepare the Bed:
• Choose a location for your garden
• Take your raised garden bed assembly kit, plants, soil and fertilizer to your garden location
• Make sure you have a garden hose nearby
• Assemble the raised garden bed kit
• Take your top soil bags and lay them down near the garden bed
• Poke several holes in the bottom of the bags
• Lay the bags inside the raised garden bed
• Cut off the tops of the top soil bags
• Pour the garden soil/compost, little by little on the top soil mixing the soils as you go
• Add the organic fertilizer to your top soil/compost mixture, mix again with your hands

Basically, what we’ve done here is create a quick and effortless healthy soil for your plants to thrive in. By leaving the top-soil bags partially in-tact we are reducing the amount of weeds that will attack your veggie garden. Don’t forget to cut holes in the bottom of the top soil bags though. This ensures proper drainage of the soil. We also combined healthy garden soil/compost with a cheaper top-soil to cut cost. By blending in the fertilizer, we are ensuring your garden will have a healthy start.

Now it’s time to plant:
• When planting, be sure to leave a small pathway between your rows of plants
• Take the plants, one at a time and wet them well with the garden hose
• Remove the plants from their containers, one at a time
• Plant in rows, close enough to prevent weeds from taking over bare spots
• Once you’ve planted all your seedlings, top with grass clippings or leaves

It’s important to plant your vegetables close together. It may seem counterproductive, but this will reduce the weeds in your garden. By wetting the plants before removing them from the pots, we are giving them a nice and minimizing the amount of root damage upon removal. Topping the garden with grass clippings or leaves adds organic matter, further preventing weeds and other undesirables.

Conclusion:
Planting a fall vegetable garden doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming. Gather most of your supplies by ordering online and your time commitment is reduced even more. This can be quick, easy and painless. I will add this article to my website with simple links to get you directly some easy-to-assemble raised garden bed, plants and climate research tools.

It should literally take you 15-20 minutes to order your supplies. Running into the garden center for soil and fertilizer should be quick. Your time commitment to setting up the garden should only be about an hour. That’s a total commitment of about an hour and a half. Just think how great it will be to have healthy, organic food growing right in your back yard. Let’s do this thing!

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Landscape Design – Using Garden Art

Including art in your garden design can be loads of fun and bring a unique quality to your outdoor spaces. Whether your selections are flamboyant or subtle, a small decorative piece or a major work, artwork of any kind in your garden can create a major point of interest for visitors and an ongoing source of inspiration for you.

For many people the idea of selecting garden art can be quite daunting so they hurry the process or avoid all together. Art has been closely linked with garden design since early civilisations and still today has an integral garden design function to play. With the right state of mind you can find the perfect piece of art to complement the mood of your outdoor world, no matter its size or layout, that will bring you pleasure for many years to come.

The choice of garden art available to designers now is greater than ever before. From Iron and copper sculptures to marble figures, mosaic balls to plated tables, modern garden art encompasses all cultures and styles. Even for the most experienced designers the choice can be overwhelming, so where do you start?

Be Passionate

The first step in selecting garden art is to trust your instincts. Chose something that you feel passionate about – not what is in style at the time or what you’ve been told to buy. Your own confidence in what you like is the starting point for selecting any artwork. If you aren’t certain what you like be patient and find a piece that stands out or one you ‘keep coming back to’.

Frame The Art

When deciding on a location for your new piece of garden art consider these points:

    • Think about where you will view the work from – the view from inside your home is just as important as from the garden.
    • Framing is equally about blocking details out as it is highlighting the piece – distracting elements must be blocked out to provide maximum impact.
    • Framing with plants will subtly blend the artwork into the garden.
    • Try an overhead frame like an arch or arbour – try framing your art with a pattern around the base such as paving, stones or a hedge.
  • Introduce a reverse frame by growing vines on a wall – place a sculpture in front of the wall and trim the leaves behind it.

Create A Statement

Always have a vision of the kind of presence you expect the artwork to have in your garden. Is it going to be a focal point or a finishing touch? Whatever piece you decide on it must draw your attention.

Consider what kind of lifestyle your garden is tailored to. Is your garden designed for entertaining, relaxation, activity or aesthetics? Your selected artwork must blend and suit the ‘lifestyle’ of your garden. If it doesn’t suit it will not work. For example, slate and stone sculptures will create a sense of oasis and relaxation, particularly when combined with water. Murals with colour incorporated or glazed ceramics will be more stimulating and better suited to entertaining areas.

Know your Garden Style

You must know and understand the ‘style‘ of your garden. Japanese, urban, formal, cottage, Tuscan, country or other – you must consider your garden style to chose your artwork correctly. The art must compliment the style. Any individual piece can look terrific given the right setting. What is important is that the opposite is also true – any art can look awful if it clashes with the rest of your garden. Rustic farm style artwork will not suit a Tuscan themed garden. Likewise an abstract sculpture will look out of place in a country-style garden.

Also consider the association between materials and garden styles. Unglazed terracotta works for instance are associated with Tuscan gardens, marble pieces with formal gardens, timber and iron with country gardens. While your artwork should stand out in the garden, it should serve to highlight your chosen style, not detract from it.

Key To Success

The key is to keep the perspective of your entire garden in mind when choosing garden artworks. If you have a style already firmly fixed try taking some photos of your garden with you when shopping for pieces to compliment it. If you intend for the artwork to be a focal point of your garden, it is best for it to be part of the gardens original design.

Try sketching your garden to scale and include the intended locations for your garden art. This will help to ensure that the pieces you purchase are the correct size for the locations. The most common error made when selecting artworks for the garden is purchasing items that are too small. To get a feel for how the artwork will impact your garden try placing an object of similar size in the location.

Be Practical

To conclude I will stress the importance of practicalities. These few tips will help ensure wise decisions:

    • Consider children in the garden – if they use the space for physical activity chose artwork that is not easily broken.
    • Avoid placing pieces on walls or steps where they may be easily knocked off.
    • Concrete pieces may crack if subjected to locations that are likely to have dramatic changes in temperature.
    • Water sculptures made from concrete should be treated with a proprietary sealing agent to prevent lime from leaching out.
    • Sedimentary stone based artworks such as limestone and sandstone are porous and can attract mosses and lichens.
  • Glazed finishes on artworks will ensure they don’t fade or rust.

This practical advice should help you to choose artwork for your garden that blends in and creates interest as a focal point. If you have any further advice about selecting pieces for the garden let us know your ideas in the comments section below. Happy gardening!

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Tips on Building a Garden Building

For some people it is enough to place a garden shed somewhere in the corner of their yard while other people are trying to come up with the new ideas of how to create some extra space for outdoor activities. They try to build a garden office or a studio workshop, a guest house or beautiful gazebos, wooden garages or carports, which would blend harmonically into the yard.

Most of the people imagine a wooden house construction as a complicated and time-consuming process. That is not true. Today, garden sheds, log cabins, wooden garages as a rule come as do it yourself kits because all the items are easy to install and they come with detailed assembly instructions offering a step by step guide to installing the structures. It takes about 2 or 3 days for a few persons to build a medium size garden building.

To make sure the garden building stands long, it is necessary to build it on the perfectly flat surface and to lay a proper foundation. It is also a few ways for foundation. And after the foundation is laid, it is time to install the windows and doors. Common garden building design has domes and windows to improve the air quality and the lighting. Windows and doors must be long-lasting, waterproof and UV resistant. Nowadays, building companies can offer you the widest door entries and enough space for the larger equipment items.

If you feel confused and do not know where to begin when rearranging your yard, we recommend you to break it up into smaller areas. Do not forget to make the entertaining area, the sandbox for your children, the pool area, utility area, and the vegetable area.

If you have gardened for a year or more and have found that you want to continue this hobby, you will really want to rearrange your garden. A beautiful garden will also give a better look to your home. However, there is one problem that comes with the gardening – the more you garden, the more tools and various equipment you want to keep. You can’t store all the gardening tools and equipment at your home. A garden shed is an ideal place to store all those gardening tools in one place. You should think about building your own garden shed.

Most of the garden buildings are made from wood. There are many types of garden buildings and you can choose the one which meets all your needs. A garden building is any structure built-in a garden or yard. Such structures include garden sheds, cabana, wooden garages, garden offices, and many more. A garden shed is a simple structure and mostly used to keep various tools and unused equipment. Sometimes garden sheds are used as a workshop. Garden sheds are different in their size, construction method, and design. These buildings are widely used in industry because they can be very large buildings.

Another type of garden building is wooden gazebos. It is necessary to mention that gazebos have a long history and they are mentioned in Chinese and Persian literature. Generally speaking, wooden gazebos are log cabins with pavilion structure. A gazebo can be a separate structure or attached to another wall of your house or other building. It can also be with a roof and openness on all sides.

The gazebo is installed to give a shelter and it is also a design element, a part of the landscape, and a place to rest. There are a lot of different types of the gazebos. Gazebos include kiosks, pavilions, follies, pergola, rotunda, and other similar buildings. Most of the gazebos are built where sunny and warm climate is.

You can also build a cabana which is also known as the local structure of the house. The cabana is a small hut built with a thatched roof. These buildings are usually built near the water. Cabana frames are usually made ​​of aluminium, steel, and treated wood. If you need a place to work in, you can choose a garden office. Usually it is a separate building from the house, which is used as a place for a professional home worker or a home-based business.

It is useful to know that if you want to build a garden office, you will not need a separate permit for construction but your garden office should be used as a home study, and if the construction and size should be similar to the garden shed. Garden office does not need a separate garden office building permission if the construction is not more than 4 meters in height and at least 2 meters from the property line. You should also know that your garden office should not cover more than a half of the garden area. So if you are running your business from your garden office, you may need a permit because it can cause some problems for your neighbours.

It is important to know all the types of the garden buildings, so you can easier choose the one for your yard. Think about the usage of your garden building and the size you want your garden building to be. Garden buildings can be built quickly and qualitatively. All you need to do is to choose the reliable building company.

As the weather gets warmer, many of us start searching for new ideas of how to rearrange their garden or yard space in a versatile style and to add some decorative touch to its environment. Make sure you choose a garden building that provides you with the proper amount of storage place you will need. It is highly recommended to think it through before making your decision.

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The Main Uses for Different Garden Buildings

If you’re looking for a garden building, you might be surprised by the amount of various buildings to choose from. We would like to break down the different types of garden buildings. If you think that a garage is just a garage, you are about to learn that there is a lot more to it than that. Garden building is typically a very simple and small wooden structure in the garden. These buildings can be used as garden offices, wooden garages, storage sheds, summer houses, and log cabins. If you need more space for unused garden tools and other equipment, it is extremely important to decide which type of building you need in your garden because there are many options for garden buildings. Nowadays, the demand of these buildings has increased extremely.

A garden building is a simple wooden structure, mostly used to store unused equipment or gardening tools. These buildings may also be used as workshops. Small garden buildings are common buildings in many gardens because they are sturdy, durable, and functional. If you grow vegetables or fruit for you and your family members, you need a place to keep all your gardening tools. Of course, people are very curious and they want to be sure that the new building will meet their needs. Garden shed or log cabin is the most common choice because of the great look and curb appeal.

Garden buildings can be made in a lot of styles and sizes, but always with the one purpose of providing as much storage space as possible. These buildings are usually of a very simple design that makes it easy to take care of them. Garden buildings are very popular in many gardens because they are extremely sturdy, durable, and functional. There are many types of these buildings but garden shed is the most common choice among the gardeners because of the great look and curb appeal. Of course, keeping your gardening equipment somewhere in the corner of your garden isn’t bad, but many people want something more than this. You should build a great garden building where the gardening equipment, mower, and other tools have their place. Most of the gardeners can do most of their work without a garden cabin but when the gardener’s yard is full of gardening equipment, a small garden cabin no longer seems a bad idea. Garden buildings now are common items in the yards.

If you work from your home, you may want to buy a small garden building to act as your garden office. Garden offices come in a number of different sizes, shapes, and it is very easy to turn your log cabin into a perfect office place. There are many great benefits of creating a special place to work which helps to make you much more productive. One of the key advantages of working from home is that there is no rush hour commute to work and no parking costs involved. Work life can be left in your garden office allowing your house to be just your house again and not the place you work and live. What is more, the price of the this building is lower than having a house extension built and most garden buildings do not need planning permission.

All garden buildings can be fully insulated and the walls offer great insulation properties. For example, these buildings are cool during the summer months and warm during the winter months. You should look for the garden buildings that come with double glazing fitted as standard. You should also know that these buildings tend to be very durable and sturdy because they’re built from the logs. The main characteristics of these buildings are curb appeal, noise reduction, energy efficiency, simple and fast maintenance. However, many people think that these buildings are of short-term value but this is not true. Think about your log cabin as an investment. The great look of your building can increase the value of your building and cultivate your investment.

Garden buildings are coming back to our lives and gives us a chance to enjoy living in environmentally friendly houses. These buildings are very popular in many countries such as the United States, South Africa, United Kingdom, Norway, France, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Denmark. Wood is a natural building material without any negative effects on our bodies. According to the University of the France, these buildings offer lower cooling and heating costs because of the density of the logs and it is very important for both the builders and the consumers. Build a garden building in your garden if you want to save on the heating and cooling bills. The best thing you will find when you are using a garden building is that you can customise this building for your needs and your space requirements.

A garden building is a beautiful and comfortable place for your family and friends to meet and relax. What is more, all these buildings can be used for almost anything but the most common uses are as a guest room, sitting room, garden office, wooden garage, log cabin or summer-house. You can see that there are many garden buildings available these days, tailored to many functions. Remember that having a wooden house in your garden can be a charming accessory to add. It can give your garden a style like nothing else. With a little bit of planning and research, you can be on your way to building a great building for a reasonable price.

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How to Prepare to Grow a Successful Garden

Gardening can be one of the most enjoyable, relaxing and rewarding things you can do. It is one of those projects that you are only limited by a very few thing. Your limitations can be space, time and resource, but never your imagination. Regardless of those few restriction, you can still create the idea garden that you and others can enjoy. Whether you plan gardening from plant pots or from a raised bed, your greatest challenge can be getting started.

Before you begin designing or breaking ground for your garden, creating a list of ideas of what you want to plant and size your gardening will be. Another thing to consider is the type of ground or land that you will plant on. Some concerns can be is the ground leveled? Are there rocks, stumps or weeds that will require your initial attention. Even though these may be some concerns, it should not hinder you from your completing your garden.

By reading this article, many considerations for designing your garden will be addressed.

What Size of My Garden Will Be?

There can be many factors to think about regarding the size of your garden. Here are some factors to consider: Will you have sufficient time to devote towards your garden? Do you I have to space and terrain to grow the type of garden you’re planning? And will I have sufficient funds not only for my garden, but enough for unexpected changes?

One thing to keep in mind is, if you are operating in limited space this can unintentionally affect your plans. If this is the case, then you might want to look into using containers such as pots or portable planters. There is also the choice of using vertical space. If you have that option, you can hang your gardening from a ceiling or place them on shelves. Another option can be trellises, if you are dealing with small plants.

On the other hand, growing a garden in a large space will poise its own challenges too. If planting in a large space, water consideration is important. How much water will you use and when to water your garden? If you plan to plant a variety of vegetables in your garden, it may be wise to seek out assistance if you are not sure about companion planting. In doing so, you will have knowledge to what plants or vegetable grow well together.

With gardening in a small or large area, your greatest commodity you have is time. By planning the amount of time to begin your gardening and completing your project, will ultimately be based upon your availability. By having a smaller garden, you have the luxury of finishing sooner than a larger one and enjoying what you have grown sooner. A larger garden can offer the same enjoyment, but at a potentially much longer time. Lastly, regardless of size gardening requires time to for maintenance and care.

What Type of Ground I am Working With?

Many people who decide to grow a garden tend to have a relatively flat yard for gardening. Some houses you can find that are gardening are in suburban or urban areas. Even if the terrain is not ideal, gardeners have planted on hilly and sloping ground too. As you may be aware, it is much easier to plant on grounds that are leveled. One advantage to gardening on leveled grounds is, well you water your garden, and your ground can become better saturated. While gardening on a hilly or sloped terrain can possibly present many challenges. One of those challenges can be poor water saturation. No matter how much water is used, it will drain in the direction of the sloped area.

If you are dealing with a hilly area, if possible you can add soil to the ground to level it out some. If it is bumpy, you will want to fill in those depressions. Just remember, do not compact the soil that it will affect the ground’s ability to retain water.

For sloping areas, they are much easier to work with, and you can work with them as you would a flat surface. Sloping areas will require some special attention when it comes to water irrigation. Ensure that you water your garden on a slope from the top and that you have good water drainage at the bottom of the slope.

Time to Create Plotting Plan

The Plot Plan is the time that is spent writing the steps necessary for your gardening. It is essential to not ignore this step. In doing so, it will help you from making costly and irreversible mistakes along the way. Even though gardening can be a very simple and enjoyable thing to do, but not planning it out can be a serious challenge of sorts.

One of the easiest ways to draw out a plot is the use of graph paper if you have it. If not, the school in your neighborhood or office supply stores will have some. The reason for graph paper is grid lines are already on it and will make drawing straight lines very easy. You can also draw out a garden to scale too.

One thing that most gardeners will do is, use the scale on graph paper as 1 foot of the garden. You may want to take a measurement of the ground you tend to use for a garden, and then make those measurements on your graph paper. If it does not turn out to be exactly, no worries, it’s only a draft.

Remember when plotting for your garden; ensure you put in consideration what types of vegetable or plant containers you will use. If you plan to on a raised bed, than it will be much easier to work with, a raised bed is not planting directly into the soil on the ground. But rather, creating raised pottery platform as small as 4 feet by 4 feet.

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Steps to Designing a Great Garden

Gardening is making a comeback. It has been a source of food for ages. One of the main advantages of having your own vegetable garden is being able to eat fresh vegetables right out of your own garden without going to the shop where much of the vegetables are shipped from hundreds of miles away. What is more, having your vegetable garden may also cut down on the cost people are spending at the grocery stores. If you really want to eat fresh vegetables in the spring and summer, you should thing about creating your own vegetable garden.

People who want to become less reliant on grocery stores, they should think about creating a larger vegetable garden. People also usually choose to freeze their vegetables for use later in the year. One more benefit of having your vegetable garden the added knowledge of knowing what is in your garden. By choosing against the use pesticides on your garden people can have an organic garden without the worry of additives. What is more, the taste of organic produce is much sweeter than store-bought produce. Today many people choose to sell their vegetables at a local farmer’s market or vegetable stand.

Today there are a few very important things to consider when starting a vegetable garden, whether to start from plants or from seeds. Both of the options have negative and positive aspects. For example, purchasing plants can be more expensive but requires less patience and time. Planting your vegetable garden from seeds require more patience, time and is less expensive. Do not forget that it is very important to choose a right site for your vegetable garden in your back yard.

Once you have decided on an overall plan for landscaping the back yard, you may find the extra storage is needed. Having a garden cabin in the garden can be a beautiful accessory to add. It can give your garden a personality like nothing else. However, if you are not careful it can be very expensive. What is more, if you want your cabin to be very sturdy, durable, and easy to maintain, then it is best to go for the wood material like spruce, pine or cedar. Of course, cedar is much expensive than other wood materials like spruce or pine but it saves the money in the long run. Cedar is worth those extra dollars as cedar is durable enough to withstand several outside factors that cause wood to fall apart. Of course, cedar wood is a little pricier but this difference in cost shouldn’t hinder you from choosing it as the main building material. The long-term benefits of cedar are unrivaled.

If you need a great place to store all your equipment, gardening tools or to have an ideal place to spend more time with your friends in your garden then having a garden cabin is a great decision. Everybody wants to have a place with a great atmosphere, amazing design, and high-quality furniture. Nowadays, garden cabins are very durable, warm, sturdy, cheap, and modern. You can also build it by yourself from a plan. You may have considered buying a garden cabin if you’re looking for inexpensive vacation home or just need a cabin with the beautiful rustic design.

Garden cabins are usually used as the garden office, extra room or even garden relaxation area. They were originally built by Swedes during the 17th century intended as low-cost and easy to assemble permanent buildings. Of course, most of the people can do a lot of work without the garden cabin but it creates a special atmosphere in the yard and the demand for these buildings have increased dramatically these days. It doesn’t matter how big your garden is, it really has to meet all your wants and needs.

Garden is a delight to your eyes, the mind and the senses. However, for the gardener there is nothing better than being able to have a sturdy and cozy place to plan all your gardening session. So, garden cabins are the best places that you can use for this reason.

You should know that all the gardens reach the point where they need a renovation and it is a huge work. Usually people want to rearrange their garden to be more beautiful and comfortable. If you think about the renovation of your garden, you should talk to your family members because it is a place for the whole family to spend their time together. Today a lot of people are turning to the gardening as a mean of relaxing and supplying themselves with fresh and healthy vegetables. If you want to have a cozy place to stay, to grow vegetables and supply your family with fresh and healthy vegetables, do not miss your chance to rearrange your garden.

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Designing Your Own Garden – Step by Step Guide

Do you love nature? If so, you can surround your home with a beautiful garden. Drawing up an accurate plan is a crucial step when designing your own garden. By drawing a design of your garden on paper, you can determine whether your garden design is viable within the space you have available. It also provides you with a clear visual image of the garden you want to create. A detailed design plan will also prevent many costly mistakes that often happen in the process of buying materials and plants. This guide will make designing your own garden an easy task.

Step 1 – Tools needed when designing your own garden

With a few basic tools, you can draw up a garden plan. Not only do you have simple tools such as paper and pencil to get you started, there is also a variety of free software tools available on the internet. Both types of tools are excellent at helping you bring everything together into something beautiful, useful, and productive.

Step 2 – Make use of what you have

When it comes to designing your own garden, most people know what they want. However, what they have available to them and what they want to create does not often match. For example, you may want a huge vegetable patch, but only have a small garden. It is important to make use of the space you have and be realistic about what you can achieve. If you already have a nice garden feature such as a pond, you may want to keep this in your new garden design.

Step 3 – Plot your garden boundaries

Measure the outskirts of your garden, then plot this area on paper or computer. This is done with a drawing that can be as rough or precise as you wish, although the more precise you are the better the results.

The outskirts of your garden design could also mean a small portion of your yard you want to redesign. Either way, you are creating what could be seen as a canvas of your garden design. These measurements should be scaled to the paper or computer program so that you have a sense of where things will go.

Step 4 – Choose your garden theme

It is important to consider the style and theme when designing your own garden. There are many themes you can choose from, here are some examples below:

Modern garden design: This theme could have stainless steel features and expensive paving such as slate or natural sandstone. Overall this look would look minimalistic and clean cut.

Traditional garden design: This type of theme would probably have no specific features that stand out. Would look like the average garden with plant borders and a couple of trees.

Creative garden design: This type of design may make use of existing structural features within the garden. For example, an old shed could be turned into a bar or kids play house. Or there could be an old pond, which could be transformed into a beautiful sitting area.

Step 5 – Draw out your garden features

Once you have decided on your garden theme, you can now think about what features you want. Draw out the shape of your lawn, paving, decking, plant beds, etc. It’s always interesting to recreate what is already there into something beautiful, useful and exciting. For example, you might want to introduce a small plot of colourful flowers in with some original flower beds you have, in order to brighten up the mood of your garden.

Step 6 – Sun light

All your garden features must make full use of your environment. Here are some tips below:

  • Ensure flowers are placed in correct soil types.
  • Ensure flowers are placed in the correct amount of shade/light. Your garden will have areas where it is most dry or wet. Read labels on each new plant before grounding them.
  • If you want a sitting area in your garden make sure it is placed in the appropriate amount of light.

Step 7 – Drainage

  • Is there enough drainage in your garden? A sloppy garden can be unusable. Good drainage around your home can help preserve your house foundations, and reduce damp build up.
  • Water logged lawns can be solved by installed soakaways, perforated pipes or planting trees to soak up the water.

Step 8 – Maintenance

Think about how your garden design will be maintained. Most people want a low maintenance garden due to heavy work schedules. Gardens which have less trees and plants require less maintenance. Design your garden so weeds are suppressed with membrane sheets. Weeds can easily get out of control if your garden is not carefully designed.

Step 9 – Putting it all together

Using all the tips above, designing your own garden should be an easier task. Have a go at drawing some design plans. Walk around your garden trying to imagine how your design would look like. Consider all of the following points when designing your own garden:

  • How easy is it to maintain my garden?
  • Does the garden theme flow throughout?
  • Is drainage be an issue?
  • Is sunlight an issue?
  • Can I afford my garden design?
  • Is the garden practical for parties?
  • Is storage a problem?
  • Is garden seating area good?
  • Is there room for a BBQ?
  • Does my garden require lighting?
  • Do I have the correct type of plants and trees?
  • Will tree roots cause a problem?

Step 10 – Making a Shopping List

A comprehensive garden plan also serves as an excellent shopping list for your garden. With your plan in hand you can determine exactly what you will need. Without a plan to make something concrete out of your thoughts and ideas, you will probably end up drifting and be dissatisfied with your results.

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