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Gardening And Design

Author : Mark Bartley


We spend so much time and effort in creating a perfect home in which to relax, but there's an additional 'room' outside that with a little planning can add more options to your indoor living space. Learning the basics of gardening allows you to let your imagination run free and develop your garden into an 'outdoor room' that can suits your needs, your personality and those of your family.

Structure – what shape do you want your 'room' to be?

The first thing to think about when gardening is what space do you have to work with and how would you like to structure your outside room. First think about what you typically use your garden for – do you want it to be an extension of your dining room for al fresco dinner parties or would you prefer a garden that leads the visitor on a journey and constantly surprises?

Thinking about layout and design is your starting point for any gardening project. If your budget is limited, think about how you can retain what you have in terms of layout but perhaps create new points of interest through the use of feature plants, eye-catching ornaments or paths that lead to hidden corners and secret surprises.

Colouring your garden for all seasons. Colour is an essential ingredient in any gardening project. The beauty of a cottage garden style that mixes colour and texture or the deceptive simplicity of a 'white garden' can reflect your personality and your own design preferences. In the same way that paint can alter the mood of a room, colour in a garden can reflect the changing seasons or make a bold, brash statement. Blocks of colour work well, but think about how each bed will look throughout the seasons and don't just focus on summer displays or spring bursts of vibrancy.

With some careful planning, you can create an outdoor room that develops and transforms as the seasons do. Bold yellows and reds of daffodils and crocuses in spring give way to swathes of multi coloured beds during the summer. In the autumn flowers often give way to larger plants and bushes providing structure and offering a tapestry of golds, reds and browns and during the winter months evergreens and late flowering plants such as hellebores add an unexpected twist to the gardener's palette.

Creating a living space in your garden is something many gardeners aim for. Your garden doesn't just have to be a display case for your gardening skills. It can also be a space that can be enjoyed for different hobbies by creating separate areas. By sectioning off your garden you often create an illusion of having more space – ideal if your garden has a limited footprint. Decking outside some patio doors is perfect for al fresco dining or enjoying mild summer evenings, while a separate section can be created to give the kids somewhere safe to play.

The creation of different outdoor rooms, means different things to different people and that is the attraction. In forthcoming reviews we'll consider ideas to help you get the best from your gardening and to create a wealth of different outdoor rooms, ranging from traditional cottage gardens through to design-led twenty first century designs.


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All versions of gardening have been covered by Mark, a regular writer on gardening subjects.

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