How do you define a great garden? Is by the amount of flowers to greenery? It is by the amount of compliments you get? What truly makes a great garden boils down to the simplest definition, which is, a garden that you can maintain and that you enjoy. Sometimes it can take a lot of preparation, or tedious amounts of upkeep, but in the end if you feel that it is worth it, then it is the right garden for you.
Where to begin designing your garden.
The first step in planning out your garden involves measuring out your available space and determining the quality of your soil and unique climate conditions. All of these things will determine the types of plants you can have in your garden. One mistake a lot of people make is when they look through all these thousands of design ideas out there, such as the ones they see on Pinterest or in gardening magazines, and assume they can get the same results. The best place you can get help with your garden plans is a home improvement store that has a gardening department. They can take your information and help you narrow down selections for plants or even give you ideas of what may work best. One you know what will work in your area, then you can sketch out a plan.
Gardens are not always filled with flowers.
Cacti, sand, and rocks can make very beautiful and peaceful gardens that have the bonus of being one of the easiest to maintain. Sometimes gardens are also about simply creating a peaceful setting to rest in. Using a comfortable bench as the focal point in a garden with minimal or easy to maintain flowers can help create a relaxing outdoor getaway with minimal maintenance and maximum relaxation. For others still, the hard work and effort put into grooming a diverse garden filled with various forms of plant life is ultimately relaxing and very rewarding. Everyone is different, just as everyone’s idea of what makes for a great garden. The path to making your garden begins with planning and education, finding out what your options are and finding inspiration in gardens from around the area or other climates as yours, and then making the best choices in plants whose upkeep can match your available time and energy. There is nothing worse than going through all the trouble of creating the perfect garden, if you are unable to maintain it. Keep it simple, personal, and practical.