Design Ideas For the Do it Yourself Gardener

IMG_5924How many times do we come home from the nursery with a car full of plants and then get home and be totally stumped on where to put them, or we end up moving plants around every spring. Unfortunately I hear this story quite often. As a Landscape Designer, contractor, and now business owner in Portland Oregon and surrounding areas for the past 15 years I have listened to hundreds of people tell me the same things over and over about their landscape. I also know that some of these design skills which help make me successful as a professional cannot just be learned by reading an article or book. I do however believe by following some basic steps I believe you can get the function and beauty from your landscape that you have been searching for.

First come up with a list of what is the most important things to you in your landscape, whether that be outdoor entertaining with outdoor structures, patios, BBQ’s, and fire pits, gardens of flower beds, large open lawn areas, terraced retaining walls, water features etc… Keeping these basic ideas will give you some direction and focus when making your own landscape design. Many times I see people who saw something in a magazine that they loved the look of, but when they implement it in there yard it ruins the function and flow that they really were trying to create.

Second keep it simple, I see many yards that look like a plant sale or a home show. They have one of everything although by themselves these plants are wonderful put together with too many other focal plants creates a busy and messy appearance that distracts from the peaceful environment they were trying to create. It is better to pick 7-8 different varieties of shrubs and trees that will function well in your backyard space. Then bring in 3-4 focal plants that will give you that wow factor you were looking for.

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Different Types of Herb Garden Designs

xFormal Herb Gardens
The formal herb garden designed and grown correctly is arguably the pinnacle of herb gardening! The best examples of these types of gardens are often found around the grounds of stately homes and mansions. They were originally designed to be looked down upon from the top terraces or floors of these grand homes. The main features of such gardens are meticulous and time consuming hedges and topiaries layered in designs reflecting the beauty of the geometric world. In the hands on a true garden artist, wheels, perfect circles and all manner of shapes are modelled and crafted to create breathtaking pieces of living artwork.

Formal herb gardens should consist of finely cut edges and hedges, well defined lines, low walls, and should always include a centrepiece such as a statue, sundial or fountain to create a strong focal point.

Rock Gardens
Because they grow well in confined spaces and are more tolerant of fluctuating water levels in their soil, many herbs are ideal candidates for a Rock Garden. This type of garden requires additional work however in the area of pruning and control of your herb plants growth, due to the fact that some of the more vigorous herbs out there can try to take over your garden! You should try and find rocks for your rockery that look natural and also take note of how they stack and lay together in their original environment. The best rockery’s look as though they are naturally there and you have built your house around it! Some herbs that are great for a Rock Garden are Betony, Bugle, Chives, Columbine, Thyme, Lavender, Creeping Rosemary and Yarrow.

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Herb Garden Design Tips

7f61871fe308cf826af42aaefd754003Most herbs are hardy plants and can be planted almost anywhere. However, you can enhance their attractiveness based on where and how you display them.

Our favorite way for a small garden is an old wheelbarrow — particularly one with a bit of character — which will hold quite a few plants and gives the added benefit of being movable for viewing, or to protect them when the weather becomes unfavorable.

Next is a gazebo which you can make attractive with some ornamentals. Or consider a sun dial, bird bath, and garden statue, which can be decorated around their bases with a selection of herbs. For a nice effect — and practicality — build a brick path to each location.

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Natures Own Flower Garden Designer Is Doing A Great Job

hHave you ever stumbled on a garden of wildflowers? Purples, whites, yellows, blues and a rainbow of color against a verdant background. There’s no visible flower garden design to Mother Nature’s fields and meadows. Colors that we normally consider “clashing” seem to meld together, painting a living work of art.

This is chaos theory in action, we can’t see any visible logic behind it all, still it’s perfect and repeating itself in unique but non-chaotic ways.

As seasons change and nature finishes with one color, she frequently picks up another. Even greens are abundantly different, from pale pastels of new spring foliage to the dark steadfastness that evergreens display in winter.

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6 Factors that Directly Decide the Landscaping Design of a Home Garden

kGrowing beautiful garden is more than planting trees all over and then calling it a garden. A landscaped garden has a life of its own. But depending upon what YOU want it to be the final shape and form of the garden will drastically change. Let’s examine a few points that can directly affect a landscape garden design

1) Function of a garden.

By function I mean type of human activity that will take place in the garden. The type of human activity directly depends upon the age group that will be using this garden. Kids tend to be more active in the garden than adults.

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