The key to achieving a beautiful garden is creative planning, careful plant selection and good ground preparation.
Creative planning is not just simply about an innovative garden layout but an approach demanding careful consideration of all site conditions and aspects before determining layout and planting scheme. The design must also incorporate sufficient space and adequate ground conditions for trees and shrubs to flourish. A practical layout that not only allows owner enjoy views but also features and outdoor spaces including Patios, decking and water features etc. Increasingly owners are demanding attractive gardens with low maintenance requirements. It is possible to design a beautiful garden with lots of interesting plants and many of which require little effort to provide regular but interesting performances.
A common sense approach to plant selection is very important and relatively straight forward. A little research perhaps at the earlier stages to determine a list of candidates but selection criteria must be appropriate for site conditions as well as owner’s preferences. Select plants and shrubs with certain height and spread growth habits that match available spaces not only means more control for little effort, but also better plant performance and overall more pleasing results with less work. Other criteria include select relevant plants to suit prevailing ground conditions, for example, do not expect a shade loving plant to survive in a bright sunny garden, or a plant which prefers dry free draining soil conditions to succeed in constantly damp soil.
Good ground preparation is an essential pre-requisite for the preparation of any new prospective garden. Some popular TV garden presenters would advise would be gardeners to spend twice as much on the planting hole as you did on the plant. This is critical for early and subsequent good root development. If the site is old and overgrown with many unwanted trees or shrubs, the chances are that the existing soil is tired and lack sufficient nutrients required to sustain new plant growth. Mix in plenty of well rotted manure or soil conditioner. Add some slow release fertiliser and mix in plenty of compost. Normally most plants benefit from a good soaking (simply immerse plant in a bucket of water for at least 30 minutes, remove and allow excess water to drain) prior to planting in the ground. After planting water all plants regularly until they have become established.