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Coming Up with a Home Garden Design

Aug 21, 2007
"Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification."
-Martin H. Fischer

Gardening can be a great hobby, enjoyed informally by tending to a few plants in your yard on the weekends. Some people, however, want to create something bigger, a true garden where they try to demonstrate the green thumb that they possess.

In these cases, it helps to have a plan for your home garden design so you can create something that has a little more definition that the average flowerbed. Home garden design can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be, and a great home garden design can be a guide to working on a beautiful garden.

The topic of this article is "home garden design." I have done my best to write a brief but informative article. If your are still looking for more info, see our research concepts at the end.

Here's what Wikipedia has to say about the topic:
"Garden design is the art and process of designing the layout and planting of domestic gardens and landscapes. Garden owners showed an increasing interest in garden design during the late twentieth century and there was also a significant expansion in the use of professional garden designers. Some garden owners have enough skill and experience to design their own gardens, but this is comparatively rare. Sissinghurst, one of the most admired gardens made in the twentieth century, was designed by its owners: Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West."

Sketch It Out

When you are working on your home garden design, it's best to have paper and pencil ready beforehand. Sketch out an outline of your yard and where you want to place your garden, then start filling in shapes for what you want to plant and where.

This helps if you're trying to define a garden along a particular line or to interact with other elements in your yard, such as benches or patios. By sketching out the shape of your garden beforehand, you'll better be able to plan what to plant where.

What Kind of Garden?

In order to better focus your efforts at home garden design, you should start by getting an idea of what sort of garden you want to have. Are you looking to grow fresh herbs and vegetables for your family to eat? Then your home garden design is going to be more concerned with the crops you plan to grow in your garden.

Do you want something that's beautiful to behold? Then your plans will be more concerned with planting groupings of decorative plants. Keep in mind that some home garden designs can incorporate both, beauty and usefulness.

Ask for Help

Once you have the basic idea for your home garden design, your best bet is to talk to your local gardening club, plant nursery, or even a landscaping professional to learn what sort of plants will work well for your design.

Even if you already have an idea of what plants you want to choose, running your idea by someone else will allow you to get advice on other plants that will complement your design, or allow you to catch any mistakes before you start planting.

It's like getting a second draft for a piece of writing. As long as you work with the idea of creating a beautiful home garden design, though, and you put in the work needed for it, you're likely to end up with something that adds to the beauty of your yard and the value of your home.

This article was meant to be a brief summary. If you are looking for more info then consider the following:
1) The Bookstore - there are books on every topic, and they are usually more complete than the internet
2) Search Engines - Don't forget your search engines
3) Local stores - employees at specialty stores can be very helpful
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For more information on home garden design visit http://www.GardenDesignBasics.com
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