Are you having trouble putting up a garden in your small space? Here are the things you need to know on how to plan a small garden layout.

It takes time, money, and effort to have a beautiful garden. A good garden plan layout will be a good start. There are a lot of factors that you should consider which will affect how your garden will grow. Consider the sunlight, wind, shade, and access to water, drainage, kind soil, plant, and your space.

Figure out what you have before knowing what you want. For garden layout ideas you can draw a map of your yard and include everything that is out there such as trees, shrubs, patios, slopes. Make your map accurate so you will have a thorough plan for your garden.

In making your map, take note of the things that you should consider. Also, take note of the paths that people can take to get from one place to another. Consider also the angles where is the best place to put the plants that will be attractive to people.  Water sources and drainage are very important to be detailed on the map. You don’t want to suffer from flood every time you water your plants nor dead plants due to water scarcity.

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After, figuring out what you have in your yard, it’s time to know what you want. One way to figure out what you really want is looking at some garden layouts in magazines, books, or articles. You can also visit your neighbor’s yard so you will gather ideas.

You can also take some trips, and as you travel visit stores and ask questions about what plants are best fit in your yard. To make things easy for you, decide on a theme. Do you want a vegetable garden, flower garden, or herb garden? Do you want to put a little space in your yard for the children to play with? Do you want to put a little lounge in there, where you can sit and relax at night?

Now it’s time to put your map and dream garden together. Think again about your budget and what plants to grow in your yard. What can I plant in a small garden? This is one of the questions that you might ask especially if you have a limited space. I recommend perennial flowers because they are more practical. It is very expensive to have a total revamp of the yard.

Here is how you will plan a perennial garden.

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  1. Make things work together as one. Your garden style would match with your architectural style. An informal mix of perennial garden plants works best with wavy-edged beds on a one-level cottage, a bungalow, or a ranch house. If you have a small house, then have small plants in a small bed. If your house is large, taller plants in wider beds are better.
  2. Take note of the scale. If your house is small, plant small plants in small beds, If you have a large house, plants taller plants in a wider bed. Always see it to the point that your perennial garden is in proportion to your house.
  3. Choose plants that suit the season. Choose plants that bloom in summer, spring, and fall. The best perennial garden has beautiful colors throughout the year.
  4. Choose your color. Color is the important aspect in your perennial garden. Follow your preference in choosing the colors for there are no right or wrong in this matter. Here the come colors that you can consider: analogous, which combines adjacent colors on the wheel (like red, yellow and orange); complimentary, which combines colors opposite one another on the color wheel (like purple and yellow or red and green.); and monochromatic, which combines shades of a single color (like pale pink to hot pink)
  5. Think about what lies ahead. What is my growing zone? In choosing their plants, take note of their maximum growth size. Sooner and later your small plants will get larger than you expected. In your perennial garden, make sure to have a design that will give them the space they will need.
  6. Arrangement. The height of your plant matter. Put the smaller plants in front and the taller once at the back. This is to give balance in the appearance of your perennial garden.
  7. Everything should be right. The existence of your plants and your garden is in your hands. Make sure to put them in the right place where they will live as long as they can. Put the plants that need the sun in a space where they can get the nutrients of the sun, and put those plants that need space away from the sun in a spot that gets a little light.

Now, let’s tackle about how to plan a garden bed?

The two basic types of garden bed are island beds and border beds. Island beds are round, rectangular, or square, which is not anchored by a backdrop and it can be viewed from all sides. This type of bed has a center anchor which can be a shrub, large perennial, large container, bench, or a tree. On the other hand, a border tree is anchored with a backdrop and can be viewed from only one side. A house, a fence, or any solid background can be used as a backdrop for border beds.

The size of your house or any structure near your garden also matters in planning a garden bed. If you have a big house, then have a big garden bed. If your house is small, then have a smaller one. You can also consider hanging beds to maximize your space especially if you have a small space. The garden bed is an important thing to consider on how to plan a small garden layout.

You don’t have to be stressed to have a beautiful garden layout. All you have to do is to have a perfect plan, considering the important things, and make that plan into reality.


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