Redesigning Your Garden: A Guide







Whether you have just moved into a new home or just want to add some magic to your garden, redesigning your garden is a great way to add interest and make the best use of the space that you have available.


However, before you grab your spade and make any impulsive decisions, read this guide to redesigning your garden. You need every decision to work cohesively so that your garden flows.


  1. What do you want from your garden?

Think about what you want your redesign to achieve. Do you want more visual interest, a better arena for entertaining, or a more manageable garden? Do you prefer formal gardens which are highly manicured with geometric straight lines or informal gardens with more relaxed planting and curves?

You need to have a clear goal to direct your decisions. Once you understand what you want, it is a good idea to visit gardens either in person (public parks, friends and neighbors’ gardens, for example) or look online to gain relevant inspiration for your space.

  1. What is there already?

There are some aspects of your garden that you do not have control over, and they have a significant impact on what you can achieve within it. You need to consider the size of your garden and what may limit your design:

  • Sun direction

  • The house’s style

  • Climate

  • Soil type

  • Walls and boundaries

  • Fencing

  • Trees

Pay attention to the sun’s direction and the soil type. These are perhaps the most significant limits to the success of your redesign; if your entertainment area has no afternoon sun, or the plants and shrubs will not survive in the climate or soil type, your efforts will not be rewarded.

Tip: Look at what plants thrive in your neighbor’s gardens. This will give you an indication as to which genus of plants will do well!

  1. Optimize the features

You need your garden design to provide your garden with balance and flow, but also to be accessible to you. For example, if you want to introduce a water feature to your garden, its location should be chosen so that the benefit to you is optimized. Think about where you are most likely able to see it from. If it is hidden behind trees and shrubs, there is little merit in spending resources inputting one, but if you place it in a more prime position that is visible from your kitchen or lounge windows, you will be able to enjoy it more. Whether you want a contemporary cascade of water or a more traditional real stone water feature, can provide you with all that you need to complement your design.

Similarly, if you have beautiful trees in your garden or a pathway that snakes through the lawn, you can boost their aesthetic appeal with lighting that draws your attention to them.

Every design decision that you make should work together to create and support the ambiance. Know what you want your redesign to achieve and use the existing features to create a garden that optimizes the benefits that you receive.