New Garden

Your First Garden is an exciting prospect! What should you do with it? This week I’ll be sharing my tips for how to make the best of a new space, but before you do anything else, you must… wait. You never know what’s lurking under the soil, ready to spring into action the minute the days start getting longer, like this lovely clump of Daffodils. ⁠
⁠What was your first garden – and how did it surprise you?⁠

Your First Garden – Discover plants. Before you put a spade in the ground, you need to know what you’re going to fill the space with. There are an endless variety of plants, from tiny bulbs, to tall trees. Visit garden centres, open gardens, and other people’s gardens to find out what you like and don’t like, and perhaps invest in a good plant book. The picture is of the amazing Hot Border at @bourton_house_garden – one of my favourites places to get inspiration.

What are your favourite plants?

Your First Garden: Measure your space. An accurate idea of how much space you have to play with is essential to planning. Take measurements from corner to corner, and along each side. It takes a bit of jiggering about, but you should be able to approximate the size and shape of your garden from that. It’s no good buying an enormous hot tub or trampoline, if it won’t fit in your garden!
Your First Garden: Try things out – It doesn’t matter how rough your plan is. Once you start planning and putting things in place, you can see if it’s possible to fit in everything your heart desires into a 10x6m space! Remember, it’s not what you put into a design that makes it special, it’s what you leave out!
Your First Garden: Call in the experts! (you knew that was coming, didn’t you!) Landscaping a garden is an expensive business, and mistakes can be difficult to put right. Even buying plants can result in expensive disappointment if they die. I offer an hour’s consultation and advice for a very reasonable fee – and sometimes that’s all you need to get you started. If you have a project you’ve wanted to get started on for a while now, stop putting it off and get in touch!