How to Design a Garden

15 Aug 2019 Landscape Design

Knowing how to design a garden can help you create a functional, thriving space for you and your family to enjoy. At Jovak Landscape & Design, they want to help you create your dream garden. That is why their team of landscaping experts have put together some helpful tips for designing a garden.

1. Plan for Growth

Before adding plants to your garden, it is important to make sure that you are leaving enough space for your plants to grow. If you want to have a dense-looking landscape right away, consider planting with the intention of relocating some of the plants as they mature or planting short-lived filler plants to temporarily bulk up the space.

2. Leave Space Between Plants and Paths

If you are planning on using plants that are more than 30 to 36 inches tall, make sure to plant them at least 2 to 3 feet from any walkways or patio edges. Planting too close to the edge of your hardscape can make the place feel unnecessarily cramped and crowded. It is also a good idea to try to keep thorny plants away from high-traffic areas.

3. Consider Plants Other than Flowers

Even though flowers offer an attractive aesthetic to any garden, incorporating foliage, fruit, and bark into your garden space can help create year-long colour, form, and texture. Looking past flowers in favour of choosing plants with multiple ornamental assets can be a great way to extend the seasonal appeal of your garden.

4. Consider Functionality

When selecting plants for your garden, take the time to consider the overall functionality of plants as well as their visual appeal. Using the right plants in the right way can help add comfort and utility to your garden. Consider incorporating broad-leaved evergreens for adding protection against harsh winds or large-scale perennials for extra privacy. A well-placed tree or shrub can also be a great way to add shade to any space.

5. Create Sturdy Pathways

If you are thinking about adding a path through your garden, make sure to avoid any slick surfaces or loosely set pavers. Consider choosing materials that offer a lot of traction and will not shift easily underfoot. It is also a good idea to add a slight slope to your pathway to help prevent water from pooling on the surface.

If you would like to learn more tips on how to design a garden, or if you are interested in their landscape design services, please contact Jovak Landscape & Design at 604-835-2850 or by filling out a contact form on their website. You can also stay up to date on the latest landscape design news by following them on Facebook.