Are you making best use of the available space? Is the planting tired or overgrown? Do plants need to be moved or pruned hard or simply removed? Does the garden look good all year round?
It is important to create a scheme that is suited to the size and orientation of the garden. With the right soil, preparation and maintenance, even a shady garden scheme can be colourful, interesting and attractive. In small gardens, it is especially important to think vertically as well as at ground level. Pots and containers can make a tremendous difference to the look of a garden and can be flexible and/or seasonal, often adding touches of colour.
A restricted palette of plants, repeated in groups or at intervals, is more contemporary and often very effective in a small space.
Whatever you do, plan any changes. Spontaneous or hasty buys at the Garden Centre are often a waste of money if not suited to your site or your existing planting.
So get out the books, look at gardens and plants you like, and think about the style you are trying to achieve. Then work out how to make it possible within the confines of your site, and put together a co-ordinated scheme.
Happy Garden Design!
Anne Fraser and Caroline Streets
07729 835988 or 07930 876348