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Designing your garden with Gemmell’s

Designing your garden

Designing your gardenGarden Design can seem like a daunting task to many gardeners. It’s hard to know where to even begin or how to tackle an overgrown badly planted garden. Whether you are constructing new garden beds or adding more plants to an existing garden, you don’t have to be a trained landscape architect to create a well designed garden. Here are some basic design elements that everyone should consider before starting any landscape project:

  1. First, choose a general style that reflects your personal taste. Whether it be informal or formal, low maintenance or an English cottage garden, think of gardening like decorating but for the outside. Choose a colour palate that not only appeals to your sense of taste but also compliments the architecture and colour of your home.
  2. Put the time and thought into patios, walkways, and decks.  These elements are a bigger investment and once built are more difficult to change. Build it big enough and wide enough the first time. Upgraded walkways are an easy way to make a property more inviting.
  3. The first planting choices for a new garden should be trees and shrubs, these are the bones of your garden. They help give structure to the garden throughout the four seasons. Evergreens are an excellent year-round accent plant and should be incorporated into the front entrance garden of every home. Then shrubs with different flowering times for summer interest. Don’t forget the wide array of shrubs available for fall in vibrant reds, oranges and yellows.
  4. When planting shrubs always read the tags. The full grown size needs to be a priority in choosing shrubs otherwise it’s a waste of your time and money to have to remove it in 5 years.  Sun and shade are likewise important elements of designing a garden. Take the time to record the amount of light that the area receives. Is it morning or afternoon sun and for how long? Full sun plants will not grow in full shade. Right plant right place is the key to success in gardening.
  5. Do not plant trees too close to the house, hydro lines or other trees. There is nothing more heartbreaking then to have to cut down a mature tree. Also consider investing in a few mature specimens not just tiny 1 gallon shrubs and trees. You want a garden to look as if it’s been there for a few years.
  6. Keep it simple. Rather than peppering your garden with a myriad of plant specimens, choose a few focal plants as statement pieces, then strategically layer with plantings of a few different varieties. Planting in 3’s or odd numbers is a good rule of thumb (especially with perennials).
  7. Take the time to educate yourself in how to keep your shrubs healthy. Researching the correct times to prune, how to properly prune as well as fertilizing are crucial to maintaining beautiful plants. It’s not as complicated as you think!

Need help?  Drop into your local garden centre where trained horticultural staff can assist you in choosing the right plants for your garden.

Now it’s time to get out and play in the dirt because life is too short to always have clean fingernails!

Kelly Heath is the retail manager at Gemmell’s Garden Centre.

 

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Designing your garden with Gemmell’s

Designing your garden

Designing your gardenGarden Design can seem like a daunting task to many gardeners. It’s hard to know where to even begin or how to tackle an overgrown badly planted garden. Whether you are constructing new garden beds or adding more plants to an existing garden, you don’t have to be a trained landscape architect to create a well designed garden. Here are some basic design elements that everyone should consider before starting any landscape project:

  1. First, choose a general style that reflects your personal taste. Whether it be informal or formal, low maintenance or an English cottage garden, think of gardening like decorating but for the outside. Choose a colour palate that not only appeals to your sense of taste but also compliments the architecture and colour of your home.
  2. Put the time and thought into patios, walkways, and decks.  These elements are a bigger investment and once built are more difficult to change. Build it big enough and wide enough the first time. Upgraded walkways are an easy way to make a property more inviting.
  3. The first planting choices for a new garden should be trees and shrubs, these are the bones of your garden. They help give structure to the garden throughout the four seasons. Evergreens are an excellent year-round accent plant and should be incorporated into the front entrance garden of every home. Then shrubs with different flowering times for summer interest. Don’t forget the wide array of shrubs available for fall in vibrant reds, oranges and yellows.
  4. When planting shrubs always read the tags. The full grown size needs to be a priority in choosing shrubs otherwise it’s a waste of your time and money to have to remove it in 5 years.  Sun and shade are likewise important elements of designing a garden. Take the time to record the amount of light that the area receives. Is it morning or afternoon sun and for how long? Full sun plants will not grow in full shade. Right plant right place is the key to success in gardening.
  5. Do not plant trees too close to the house, hydro lines or other trees. There is nothing more heartbreaking then to have to cut down a mature tree. Also consider investing in a few mature specimens not just tiny 1 gallon shrubs and trees. You want a garden to look as if it’s been there for a few years.
  6. Keep it simple. Rather than peppering your garden with a myriad of plant specimens, choose a few focal plants as statement pieces, then strategically layer with plantings of a few different varieties. Planting in 3’s or odd numbers is a good rule of thumb (especially with perennials).
  7. Take the time to educate yourself in how to keep your shrubs healthy. Researching the correct times to prune, how to properly prune as well as fertilizing are crucial to maintaining beautiful plants. It’s not as complicated as you think!

Need help?  Drop into your local garden centre where trained horticultural staff can assist you in choosing the right plants for your garden.

Now it’s time to get out and play in the dirt because life is too short to always have clean fingernails!

Kelly Heath is the retail manager at Gemmell’s Garden Centre.

 

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