Designing a plan is an essential step in your landscaping project. It allows you to apprehend your space and to take into account all the constraints of your land. For its realization, it is recommended that you call a landscaping professional.
1. Why make a garden plan?
2. Consult a landscaping professional
3. Design your own garden
1. Why make a garden plan?
The plan is a guideline for the layout of your garden. Its importance is paramount in the planning of a space, regardless of its size.
The plan can also be very detailed and elaborate if it is, for example, a large Italian terraced garden or just a sketch for a small garden made up of pots. In all these cases, the plan allows you to formalize your ideas on paper and thus consider all the components working towards its realization.
In this project approach, two options are available to new gardeners:
consult a landscaping expert or,
for the more initiated among you, draw it yourself.
2. Consult a landscaping professional
Lack of time or ideas, fear of doing something wrong or even difficulty in projecting oneself into space… Consulting a landscaping expert is often the guarantee of a successful and perennial garden.
Where to find a landscaping professional?
There are many landscaping professionals and there is bound to be one near you! Don’t hesitate to look on the internet or talk about it around you, a friend or acquaintance can certainly recommend a competent landscape architect, else you can call Libardi Island Landscaping in Suffolk County.
Services and benefits of a landscape professional
First of all, the landscaper will meet with you at your home to discuss the space to be landscaped.
He takes into account your tastes, expectations and desires, as well as the constraints or advantages of the site to propose a turnkey project at your convenience.
His mission can be limited to simple advice, if you wish to create your own garden, up to taking charge of the entire project, from the sketch to the handover of the building site.
Here are the advantages of working with a landscape architect:
He is your privileged interlocutor with the companies that carry out the project throughout the work.
He can advise you on the best options for materials and possible variations of the components of your garden, to control your budget without compromising the quality of the project.
He often has a network of serious companies that he is used to working with and therefore knows how to guarantee you honest prices for the work to be carried out.
His privileged contact with service providers is often the guarantee of work delivered on time.
He limits the risk of hidden defects and faults.
Finally, your landscape architect should generally offer to monitor your garden over a year to check its evolution and guide you in its routine maintenance.
3. Designing your garden yourself
If drawing a garden yourself may seem complex, here are a few points to help you approach this subject more serenely.
Define the limits of the garden
Taking a survey of the garden is essential before doing anything. So, take a metre and draw up a plan of your garden to scale.
Don’t forget to record the location of trees, the height of walls or fences and any other elements you wish to keep for inclusion in the project. Also, mark the orientation of your garden on your plot, which you will then use for the planting plan.
Good to know: if you have a large plot of land and you only want to develop part of it, adapt your survey accordingly.
Structuring the space
Your perimeter plan is drawn, now it’s time to structure the space. The framework of a garden is often made up of perspectives and views from the inside.
This way, you can identify the main axes or the elements that you want to highlight. From this grid, you can decide to partition or give rhythm to space by creating secondary transverse axes.
The design of the garden begins to come to life in the form of a grid. It is time to choose a type of garden to set up and size the elements that will make it up.
Scenography: placing and dimensioning the elements
Scenography is the art of highlighting the elements to create an atmosphere and harmony within the project.
Here is how you should proceed:
– Adapt the components of your project to the previously defined plan.
– Place and dimension the paths, terraces, pergolas, flower beds, lawns, etc… So that all your desires (if possible) find their place within your plan.
– Position your planted areas according to the orientation of your garden.
Choose plants adapted to the project
In a garden design project, plants are paradoxically one of the last pieces of the puzzle that gives meaning to this space. In order to choose the right range of plants, it is important, first of all, to know the type of soil on which the garden will be planted and the orientation of the plot.
The plants (trees, shrubs, perennials, etc.) should be chosen according to their vigour and resistance to cold, their size at adulthood, the period and quality of the flowering…
Good to know: to properly adapt your plant desires to the project, do not hesitate to seek advice from a garden centre or nursery.
Think about the maintenance of the garden
While owning a garden is above all a source of pleasure, it can quickly become a constraint when it comes to the subject of maintenance. It is therefore important to choose the type of garden you wish to establish in order to control the maintenance and durability of this space.
– Think about the right size of lawns and driveways to allow the passage of the mower.
– Don’t install large water features that will need to be drained and cleaned.
– Use easy-to-wash surfaces.
Important: the choice of plants is also important and you should preferably turn to less vigorous, less vigorous or perennial and persistent species to better control time constraints.
Define your budget
The budget for a garden can vary from simple to tenfold depending on the elements that make it up. The scaled garden plan allows you to cost the materials and other elements of the project and thus define a budget envelope.
Good to know: be aware that there are always ways to make savings on certain items, for example by preferring one material over another or one plant variety over another.
Hope you manage to create your own heaven! Remember to share your experience with our readers.