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Plan Your Own Garden with HGC

For many of us designing a garden is a daunting task but it needn't be. Like anything involving design, differences of opinions are what shapes the final outcome but there are four key elements to good garden design:

  • Your garden design must appeal to you and your family

  • Unless you have plenty of time to spend on maintenance try to choose garden features and plants that are easy to look after.

  • Keep to your budget! It's tempting to spend more than you need to but a well designed garden doesn't have to be costly

  • Choose plants and shrubs that will survive in your garden so that they thrive and do not need to be replaced.

The HGC team regularly produce helpful booklets and blog entries about designing your garden and choosing the right plants and garden features. Download our FREE DIY Garden Design Guide today to help get you started.

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Garden Design Inspiration from the Home & Garden Centre

You may already have many ideas for your garden or you may be just starting out. The Home & Garden Centre is here to help at which ever point you are at.

When you start to think about how to design your garden first consider who will be using it. If you have children you will probably want to consider garden designs that incorporate play space and activity centres to keep them entertained during the holidays and at weekends.

Designing a children's garden can be great fun. HGC has some fantastic Climbing Frames and Garden Games in our Outdoor Fun section that will enable you to create a wonderland in your own back garden. Keeping them busy and out of your hair!

Your Garden Design Ideas:

There are many different garden design styles to choose from and you may find that what you really want from your home garden design is a mix of ideas that suit your needs. Landscaping your garden yourself puts you in control ensuring that the finished garden space is exactly what you need.

Remember that your garden is a three dimensional space so its important to add not only colour but height and texture too. Garden Arches and Garden Pergolas are a simple way to add height and depth to garden designs. If your garden is going to have multiple uses they are also a great way to separate areas of your garden creating outdoor 'rooms'.

If you plan to do a lot of entertaining in your garden this should be reflected in your garden design. Decking kits offer a great stable place for outdoor furniture and if you have the space a garden gazebo will provide a fabulous design feature as well as a shady spot to enjoy the summer.

Those who like to entertain will no doubt need a BBQ! HGC has some fantastic Masonry Barbecues that can be integrated into the design of your garden. If space is limited there are also some excellent folding gas barbecues and smaller models available.

Drawing up Your Garden Design Ideas:

  • Start by collecting garden designs pictures.

  • Create a list of the key garden features that you would like to incorporate

  • From your list of garden features start to identify the specific products. Make sure you note dimensions of any larger items you find. Take a look through the list below to get you started:

    • Measure up and plan your garden on a piece of paper marking the space needed for each item.

    • Choose plants and shrubs that give you varying height and textures. Make sure you choose those that will thrive in your garden environment.

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    Types of Garden Design:

    Contemporary Garden Designs: These modern garden designs are usually minimalistic with a focus on garden features rather than plants. Also known as Architectural Garden Design the Garden Designer sets out to produce a non living skeleton. Paths, walls and containers are chosen for their decorative features rather than their functional role.

    Often these contemporary gardens have limited plant life which bloom in the summer filling the garden with colour leaving the garden features to create the design effect during the winter months. Stoneware, water features and trees and shrubs that provide shapes and colour are key to creating the desired landscape design in these stunning gardens.

    Cottage Garden Design: Quintessentially English, the cottage garden design evokes images of country roses growing round a timber arch. The Cottage Garden has no real formal design. Flowers are crowded and planted wherever there is room, narrow gravel pathways meander their way through the mass of colour.

    Scented plants like lavender spring up between roses and honeysuckle which feel at home amongst the beans and cabbages that grow here. Substantial walls and lots of places for climbing plants to take hold a key features.

    Urban Garden Designs: The urban garden design has become the standard design in many gardens in the UK. This combines straight and regimented lines with informal shapes of the shrubs and borders. The lawn is the centre piece of of the urban garden design but the use of flowers is also key.

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    Garden Design Tips

    Landscape gardening doesn't have to be expensive as long as you have a clear idea of what you want to achieve and some good practical skills you may be able to do it yourself. The key to success is to have good garden design plans and to stick to them.

    One of the biggest mistakes in any design work is to make changes once work has started. This can cause delays in the project and lead to wastage of materials which will all push you over budget. So take the time to plan your garden, research the garden structures and stay focussed.

    Whether your creating a small garden design or something a little larger the most important thing is that the design and ideas suit your purpose and your pocket. A peaceful place to spend the summer, a land of adventure for the kids or the place where the parties at, with a little bit of thought your garden can be whatever you need it to be.

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