Tips For Designing A Garden

  1. Watch Your Steps

Stairways and steps outdoors should ascend gently; otherwise, they might appear daunting. Steps with a rise of no more than 6 inches are most comfortable. That means that the depth of each step plus twice its height should equal 26 inches. If you have more than ten steps, consider landings at every fourth or fifth step to ease progress. Landings should be at least as deep as the stairs are wide. A generous landing is a necessity wherever steps change direction.

  1. Give Your Plants Room To Grow

Give your plants room to grow. If you need a dense, full landscape for the immediate future, plant with the intention to relocate or remove some plants as they mature. You can also use short-lived, quick-growing "filler" plants to temporarily bulk things up. You can prevent fillers from taking over if you keep track of prolific self-sowers, like tall verbena.

  1. Establish A Comfort Zone

In the garden, plants can do more than just sit around and look pretty. Conifers and broad-leaved evergreens provide protection from harsh winds in your garden when used correctly. Large-scale perennials or ornamental grasses can make an “instant” privacy screen. With so many compact ornamental trees available, there's probably one to fit any property. Don't think you don't have enough space for a tree? Think again. With so many compact ornamental trees available, there's probably one to fit your property.