Getting inspiration for a garden re-design can be tricky. Unless you already have a clear vision of what you want in your space, seeing all the options that open gardens, garden centres and horticultural shows have to offer can be mind-blowing.
It’s good then to write down a few pointers first of things which you absolutely need to have in your outside space. When you’ve done this, think about the type of planting you like – are you a flowery person or do you prefer more architectural plants which make a statement?
Often your taste will already be defined by your home, if you’re a neat ordered minimalist inside you are hardly likely to enjoy a wildflower meadow outside. Think about shapes, lines, colours and write all these things down, in order to compile a wishlist from which it will be easier to design from.
All our Love Your Garden projects are based on the needs of the individual families – and the kind of outside space which is going to make a difference to their lives. Any good garden designer needs to be capable of designing something which has the wow factor but can be easily maintained and give years of enjoyment, whilst growing and maturing.
Only when they have this list do our designers set out in search of inspiration – sometimes this involves only going a few doors down to see what the neighbours have done with a similar space. One way you can do this yourselves is to investigate the Open Gardens Scheme – run by the National Garden Scheme.
Check out their website and see what is on offer in your area, often at a very small cost or charitable donation and a great way of making new friends in the neighbourhood too. Often, even if you weren’t planning on making more of your outside space, they can result in you wanting to make more of what you already have.
For other inspiration, visit gardens of stately homes such as English Heritage, National Trust and RHS but don’t forget other independent gardens such as Beth Chatto in Essex which can be found on the Visit England website.
However and wherever you go for it, let the inspiration grab hold of you by the trowel and give you a garden you can love forever!