Once you’ve decided on a garden type, style and budget it’s time to start planning your garden. Take out your inspiration pictures and idea list, so you can refer to it throughout this process. But before you start to design your garden you’re going to have to do a couple of things. First of all you’re going to have to figure out how much space you have to work with and then you’re going to put it that on paper.
Measure Your Space
Figuring out the space can easily be accomplished by measuring the perimeter of your garden. Just start at one end of the garden and measure each side till you reach the start point. If your garden is square you’re in luck, you’ll just have to measure two sides. Once you have these measurements you’re ready to draw.
Drawing Your Plans
There are many garden design software programs out there to choose from. You can purchase them at a computer store or online, and they are not very expensive. Savings-tip: You can get some online for free with a free trial.
If you don’t want to go thru the hassle of the free trial, or spend the money, you could do it the old-fashioned way – with paper and pencil. This can be a very accurate and easy way to design. Just go out to your local art supply store and buy some graph paper (while you’re there pick up some tracing paper, you will need it for the next step in the design process). It’s easy to use, just give each square a value (this will depend on the size of your garden): such as an inch or foot per square. Just make sure the plan is large enough so you can make notes and write on it.
Demolition Garden Plan
Whether you are using graph paper or software it’s always good to first create what’s called a demolition plan. This is basically a schematic plan of what’s existing in the garden. You don’t have to draw each and every plant since you may be removing or moving most of them (just draw similar plants as a cluster). This is more of a general plan so you can stay organized. And everyone that’s helping you can know exactly what stays and what goes.
Color Coding Your Garden Plan
An easy way to stay organized is by color coding your demolition plan. For example; plants and materials/elements that are staying in place in the garden can be colored blue on the plan. Things that are being moved to another area are in yellow. Things that are being removed can be drawn in blue and new items in green. If you’re not sure about what you want to keep or remove just yet, don’t worry you can just draw a basic demolition plan and decide on that later.
For examples of small garden plans click Here.