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How Do I Plan My Garden Design?

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

You can find good garden design ideas in many different places, from small gardens, to large garden landscaping ideas. The first thing you have to consider when planning a good design is location. For vegetable gardening designs you will need an area that has at least 6-8 hours of full sunshine. Flower gardens may require a more shaded area, depending on the plant’s needs.

The next thing you have to take into consideration when choosing a garden design is space that you have available, which may limit your garden landscaping ideas. What type of garden is also something to think about, working vegetable gardens can take up more space than a flower bed. The space you have, and lighting available can limit your vegetable and other plant choices. Climate is also another factor, because this really determines what types of plants you can choose. If you try to put in plants that are more exotic, they may not hold up well to different climate conditions.

Planning your garden idea takes a lot of thought. Many people may have problems sitting down and actually drawing out their garden landscaping idea, while others can whip one out in a relatively short period of time. If you have an idea in your head, but have trouble putting down on paper, a good idea is to go online. There are many different garden design ideas to choose from, and some even come with complete instructions and plans already made up for you. Some of these can be downloaded for free, other sites my charge a small fee, depending on how detailed the designs and plans are.

These days, you can find just about any garden design, or garden landscaping idea you can think of. Even if you live in an apartment, with a large flat roof, there is a garden design available. You would actually be surprised how many roof gardens are out there, especially in big cities. With all the concerns over climate change, pollution, and energy conservation, many building owners are utilizing their roof tops and turning them into green living areas.

One garden design idea for people who live in areas where water is scarce, or there is rationing going on, is to consider a rock garden as a colorful alternative. If you live in temperate climates, using cacti and other succulents can greatly reduce the need for watering. A really good all around succulent is the Aloe Vera plant. This sturdy plant grows thick tapering leaves, filled with a jelly like substance. This is a really good plant to have in areas where there is a high risk of sun burning, since the Aloe Vera plant has been used for centuries as a soothing relief of minor burns.

So whether you are looking for a small garden design, or some giant garden landscaping idea, there are many to choose from. The internet is a great place to start your search, since there are thousands of different ideas and plans to choose from. Be careful picking sites that charge you, chances are if you do a little foot work, you can find the same thing for free. 😉

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