Once one knows how the garden is going to work and where paths/patios/seating areas are going to be, it is possible to step away at this stage for at least 48 hours giving a chance to re-assess the design.
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With fresh eyes it is a good idea to walk through the garden at different times of the day and see how the design will feel when built; if one is happy after the re-assessment, the next stage is questioning.
Consider the following
*Does the design feel balanced?
*Is the design overcomplicated and bitty? Simplicity is the key to great design.
*Is the patio large enough for purpose? How many people will use it and if having chairs/tables, is there enough
room to easily access the space comfortably with chairs pulled out? Is it overlooked and how will you achieve
*Are you in full-sun and what methods will be implemented for shade?
*Paths leading to different areas – have you considered the amount of traffic and whether planting will narrow
them? Are they too large or too small?
*How will the design look from the windows in the home?
*Are borders large enough for the planting to be interesting?
Once the design has the correct scale and proportion (and remember it is still at the tweaking stage) it is time to re-assess the materials for hard landscaping and whether they are suitable for the style aimed for: contemporary, cottagey or whatever your heart desires? I like to be sympathetic to the surrounding area, style and age of the property along with using complementary materials.
Professional garden designers use a ‘mood board’ for customers to show how everything will work together: a picture of the house, how fences or edges of the garden will look along with surrounding landscaping and choices for the design will show how everything will work together. Ask friends and neighbours to be honest about what they like/dislike so expensive mistakes do not get made.
The abundant choice of plants comes later…
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