Designing a New Garden


Making a garden on a brand new green-field site (one that has not previously been cultivated as a garden) may seem daunting at first, but you will find that it can also prove to be an exciting challenge.

Starting with a blank canvas will give you more freedom to include the design elements that you want, and you will not be constrained by any existing garden features.

It is important to remember however, that the garden should be designed in relation to its setting, and that factors such as climate and soil type should be taken into account.

At the preliminary design stage, it is useful to sketch a rough outline of the garden site and note down the main elements that are to be included (see our article on deciding what you need from your garden for more help).

Mark in the position of the house and any other fixed features, such as the boundaries, and then allocate approximate areas for borders, beds, patio, lawn, pool, or whatever else is needed. Remember to allow space for functional fixtures such as a tool shed or compost heap. These items are often best positioned away from the house, or hidden from view.