Landscape Gardening & Design

The history of landscape gardening, design, and architecture was evidenced in ancient gardens that were mixed with herbs for medicinal use, vegetables for eating, and flowers for pleasure. Formal garden plans came to be developed after the renaissance. The designs made geometrical patterns. The plants were arranged in groups as part of a specified landscape garden style and were many times quite striking.

Winter is a good time for planning. You can come up with ideas for your landscape design to make the coming year’s growing season even better. Late fall and winter is a good time to see the landscape as it really is, the skeleton so to speak, without all the leaves on the plants and provides a different prospective. It is also easier to see the "lay of the land." Working with natural contours will make the job easier.

Some elements to consider for landscape gardening are the boundaries. Determine your plot size and what plants, etc. you might to occupy that space. Plants can modify a boundary line. Hedges, walls, and fencing might also fit into your plan. Add texture in the plan with gravel, small pebbles, decorative mulches, or garden/ patio stones for effect.

Plant choices are determined by varying conditions such as shade and drainage. A mixture of plants such as hostas , flowers , and shrubs or trees.

Consideration should be given about the watering conditions in the area. Where is the nearest spigot where you can attach a garden hose?

Your plans might also include garden furniture, a small pond or fountain , bird feeders, or a gazebo.

Consider the availability of electrical outlets needed for power tools or lighting. If no outlets are available you might want to bury some cable, according to local building codes, along paths or sidewalks before constructing the garden site.

Garden furniture is also a nice addition to the garden plans like in a nook of flowers, along a path, or next to a pond. Garden furniture comes in a wide range of materials and styles that can add a creative touch.

Conditioning the soil with fertilizer and compost and loosening will be a big help before you start planting.

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