Garden Design: Your Needs and Wants

The idea of listing what you need in your garden is still the most straightforward way and the best way of not forgetting anything. Walk around your garden and make notes. You might like to start at your drive. Do you need additional parking? Is the footpath in the position it is needed or has the postman made his own?

The siting of the bin, wood and coal store, compost heap, garden shed, washing line and greenhouse need to be carefully considered. Does your garden need retaining walls and steps? An irrigation system or at least an outside tap is absolutely essential and should go on your list of needs.

Needs Checklist:

Drive
Parking
Washing line
Compost heap
Garden shed
Bonfire area
Greenhouse
Bin area
Vegetable patch
Septic tank
Steps
Retaining wall
Outside tap
Dog kennel
Wood storage
Coal bunker

Now that you have established what you need in your garden you can dream about what you want with an eye on what is feasible.

It is necessary to explore your needs and wants at this stage of planning, even if you discover later that you got a bit carried away and your garden is just not big enough for everything you have on your lists. Now is also a good time to look at books and magazines for information. You need to consider what you can afford and, more urgently, what will grow in your soil, aspect and climate.

Wants Checklist:

Wildlife pool
Summerhouse
Pergola
Arch
Trellis
Flat area for sports
Barbecue
Swimming pool
Bench/es
Fountain
Conservatory
Lighting
Irrigation
Fruit
Raised bed/s
Tree/Playhouse
Sandpit
Bridge
Arboretum

19. March 2017 by Dave Pinkney
Categories: Container Gardening, Cottage Gardens, Courtyard Gardens, Flower Beds/Borders, Flower Gardens, Front Gardens | Tags: , | Comments Off on Garden Design: Your Needs and Wants

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